Best NBA player ever: Magic, MJ, or Lebron?

MJ, Lebron and Magic all had great careers. But who is the best all-time?

For a long time now, it has been debated who is the best player in NBA history. Many have gone with Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson. However, since the rise of Lebron James it has restarted the debate. When considering these three players, I looked at three main things: overall stats, championships and the talent they had around them.

Starting with their stats, it is easy to tell that Michael Jordan – with a mind-boggling career average of 30.1 points per game – wins. Lebron James also has produced well in his career.  So far, he is ahead of Magic by averaging 26.5 points per game. Magic Johnson was far behind Lebron and Michael, as he averaged a pedestrian 19.2 points per game.

Where Magic gains the advantage in the next category by averaging 11.2 assists per game. That stat made Magic Johnson one of the few players in NBA history who averaged a career double-double. Lebron yet again came in second, averaging 7.1 assists per game, while MJ averaged 6.2.

The final stat I will look at is rebounds. It’s Lebron who takes this one by averaging 8.1 rebounds per game and Magic quickly following with 7.2.  Michael would fall behind the other two by averaging 6.2.

After looking at these stats, it it obvious they all were leaders in a category. Lebron is still growing as a player though and his stats may improve. Still, I think Michael and Magic had the most impressive stats.

Next I’ll look at championships. Well Lebron just got his first one last year, Magic and Michael combined to win 11 total rings. Six went to Michael and five to Magic. This is a hard fact to base greatness off of though, with Lebron in the midst of his prime and on a great team, who knows how many he could win?

The final thing we will look at is the team that surrounded these guys. Lebron started his career on a very weak Cavaliers team, but still managed to make some deep runs into the playoffs. He later signed with the Miami Heat, where he paired up with all-stars, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Michael Jordan was surrounded by great players throughout his career, most notably Steve Kerr and Scottie Pippen. Magic was also surrounded by greats, like Kareem Abdul Jabbar and James Worthy. They all played with great players during their careers, but Lebron James played on the worst team, surrounded by a below average cast of players in Cleveland.

After going through all the facts and looking everything over, I have to go against common opinion and say that Magic Johnson is the greatest player in NBA history. Michael Jordan may have averaged 30 a game, but Magic averaged a double-double a game. The way that he revolutionized the game of basketball was crazy. At six foot nine, to do some of the things that he was able to do is beyond belief. Yes, Lebron James has done some amazing things, but it is way too early for him. Give him a few more years and I may change my mind, but right now, everything that I have gone through points to Magic.


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