Gary Payton had many battles with the great Michael Jordan during his playing career, but he doesn’t consider Jordan to be the best all-around player ever.
The hall of fame point guard recently revealed that Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is “by far” a better all-around player than Jordan was.
“Two totally different basketball players,” Payton told Brandon Robinson. “Jordan was a guy who he was going to make big shots. He’s going to take the ball every time and shoot it every time he has to. I think LeBron is an all-around basketball player.
“If you ask me who is a better all-around basketball player, LeBron James by far. He does everything. He passes the ball better than Jordan, he can dribble it a little bit better than Jordan… shooting wise, I don’t think so, rebounding I think he did but Jordan did rebound.”
As you know, Jordan won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and never lost in the NBA Finals while averaging 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. Not to mention, he has six Finals MVPs, and five regular-season MVPs during his run with the Bulls.
As you also know, LeBron James has been to the NBA Finals 10 times in his career and has won four NBA Titles. He has career numbers of 27.0 points, 7.4 boards, and 7.4 assists per game with the Cavs, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. He also has our Finals MVPs, and four regular-season MVPs under his belt.