Kobe vs. MJ [infographic]

February 17, 2011 |  by  |  Sports

Having recently gotten my hands on a copy of NBA 2K11, this infographic seems very appropriate. If you do not already know, this year’s cover of NBA 2K11 has Michael Jordan on the front, along with many Michael Jordan related features in the gameplay. Today’s infographic draws a comparison between two of the greatest basketball players of all time: Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

This infographic does a good job of not picking sides and simply presenting facts as they stand now. Bryant, of course, has not reached quitting age and still has good years left in the league. People can also make arguments as to how the league has changed and how players are better now than they were back in MJ’s time. This may true, but when presented with the straight facts like those in this infographic, Jordan remains ahead in many of the categories.

Personally, I am on team Michael Jordan, although admittedly I am in no way an expert on the subject. It could be because I was a child when Jordan was still playing, but he seemed like a lot more of a likable guy than Kobe seems to be. Like I said, it could be because I was a kid and just didn’t hear all the things about Michael, but come on, Space Jam was by far one of the greatest movies when I was growing up, with one of the greatest sound tracks. Although they do both have cheating scandals, I guess those become null when discussing their comparative character. All in all, Jordan seems to me to be the nicer guy and better player. [via]

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Bryant vs. Jordan

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ydraw-Trading/100000694573885 Ydraw Trading

    I have been looking for something like this.  MJ is the best

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  • Matthew

    I watched both guys destroy my Blazers. Jordan is the best, hands down.

  • http://twitter.com/markrlangston Mark Langston

    Both statistically and historically Jordan will win out but it’s not to say that Kobe’s accomplishments are completely invalid. Kobe has achieved an astonishing array of awards and championships himself and no other player currently in the NBA would compare. 

    I would also argue that Kobe has stronger competition than Jordan had during his career. With all due respect to Jordan’s rivals (Bird, Magic, Thomas, etc) he didn’t have to contend for the spotlight with players the likes of Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, or LeBron James.  

    Jordan was a transcendent figure in an era that didn’t exist before him. Jordan’s effect on the world of advertising and sports was like nothing we’d seen before. Just like Usher, Justin Timberlake, Neyo, and Chris Brown owe their careers to Michael Jackson, it’s because of Jordan we even have a Kobe Bryant, Carmello Anthony, D. Wade or LeBron James. 

    There will never be anyone else like Michael Jordan (on and off the court) so when comparing him to Kobe it’s already an unfair fight. 

    For full disclosure, I’m a Laker (have been for 25+ years) and although I think Jordan is the GOAT I also feel that Kobe is the next best thing to being as great a player as Jordan was. Let me be clear, Kobe will NEVER be as great or greater than Jordan. But you won’t find another player in the league today that even warrants the comparison. 

    The fact that people make this argument is proof enough that Kobe is a valiant competitor to Jordan.

    LeBron might be a 3-time MVP and is clearly one of the most dominant players in the league but until he can produce 5+ championships even he can’t compare. While Jordan won multiple league and Finals MVP awards, winning 6-rings is what he’s remembered for most. Kobe has 5. LeBron has…well, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens this season but 1-ring won’t get it done if you expect to be compared to the GOAT. 

    • LOL

      Jordan competed against the people from the original dream team, some of the best basketball players in history.

      He played in an era that saw some of the greatest shot blockers to have ever played (Olajuwon, Robinson, Ewing, Shaq, Mourning, Mutombo). 
      He didn’t contend with players like Durant, Paul, Rose, Lebron. Instead, he contended w/ Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Dominique Wilkins. You’re out of your mind to say Kobe’s faced stronger competition……………

  • http://www.facebook.com/wally.osmond Wally Osmond

    There’s another sweet one too at  http://www.fullcourtpest.com/2012/07/mj-vs-kobe-scoring-50-or-more-info-graphic.html breaking down Kobe Vs. MJ on only their games over 50 points. it’s great!

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