LeBron James closing in on Michael Jordan as best ever, Cavaliers teammates say


LeBron James had 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists in the Cavaliers’ Game 3 win over the Hawks last night – and it wasn’t the best playoff game of his career. Not even close.

LeBron has been great long enough to produce many masterful performances, and that should get him into the discussion as the best ever.

Michael Jordan, deservedly, holds that title right now. What’s keeping LeBron from overtaking him?

Kendrick Perkins, via Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

“The only thing that he’s missing is a couple more championships and then it’s a wrap,” Kendrick Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “Right now we have arguably the best player to ever play the game. I’m just saying man. I’m not taking anything away from Jordan, but all he’s missing is titles. A couple of more titles and that’s it.”

J.R. Smith, via Haynes:

“That’s one hell of a debate. Honestly, in my opinion, if it’s not Jordan then it’s him,” J.R. Smith told NEOMG. “It used to be no question. It was a landslide. It was Jordan. Now, you have to consider my boy.”

Perkins and Smith, teammates of LeBron, are biased.

They’re also correct.

Jordan is the best player of all time, because he accomplished more than LeBron has. But LeBron is just 30, and he has plenty of time to catch up. LeBron is already right there with Jordan in terms of production per season.

Will LeBron eventually pass Jordan? I’ve gone back and forth at different points in LeBron’s career. It’s close to a tossup now, which says a lot about LeBron.

Jordan set an incredibly high standard. But it’s not insurmountable, not for someone as great as LeBron.