Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan: Who’s Better?

Nowadays, this seems to be the age-old question.

Who is better, Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant?

Mostly everyone would agree that Michael Jordan is the superior player but do not really take the time to closely examine how alike these two players are.

The major difference between the two is that they played in two completely different eras, but that doesn’t make them incomparable.

I’m just looking for ways to compare them on an unbiased level. I’m not writing this article with an answer in mind, I’m simply going to do the analysis as I write and come up with the logical answer on the spot.

Let’s begin.

When comparing athletes, you must have a set of criteria in mind.

The fact that Bryant and Jordan played the same sport, in the same league at the same position makes this analysis that much easier.

Keep in mind, a criterion is used to compare players to it, not the other way around.

Most people make the mistake of putting out the players’ skill and setting that as a criterion which doesn't make sense because you need to be able to use that criterion so other players can be compared to it as well.

Also, speculation makes for a very weak analysis regardless of what your point is. For you to say, if you take this player and switch it with this player, this would have happened.

Uh, no, it’s weak.

So there will be no could of, would of, should of, analysis.

We will begin with statistics.

Let me start out by saying that statistics is one of the most overrated criteria used when comparing basketball players.

Allow me to demonstrate how it is overrated.

It doesn't matter which team you put Kwame Brown in, he's still going to suck.

This is how it works for a lot of players in the NBA; however, there are selective players where individua...

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