In all my days doing Start/Bench/Cut, I don't think I've seen a group of contestants that will spark as much debate as this one. Jordan stans vs Kobe stans vs LeBron stans is quite the showdown. Basically this, but in real life
Forcing Lakers fans to choose between Kobe and LeBron? Sign me up for that. For me, this is actually pretty simple of a question, and I'm sure there will be some blowback to my choices but as I've said many times before, that's the beauty of this exercise. As always, let's run through each player. I'm also going to just assume we're talking about Lakers LeBron too and not just the Cavs version. In my brain we're talking about the three of them as players for their whole career.
Start: Michael Jordan
Stats: 30.1 points / 6.2 rebounds / 5.3 assists / 2.3 steals / 0.8 blocks / 49% FG / 32% 3P% with 0.5 3PM / 118 Ortg / 103 Drtg
Ok, let's not get cute. Every living person on the planet should be starting Michael Jordan. Has nothing to do with the high from The Last Dance either. No brainer city with this selection. That's not where this debate gets interesting. Imagine benching or cutting the true GOAT? Couldn't be me.
Bench: LeBron James
Stats: 27.1 points / 7.4 rebounds / 7.4 assists / 1.6 steals / 0.8 blocks / 50% FG / 34% 3P% with 1.5 3PM / 116 Ortg / 104 Drtg
Now this is where the controversy for some might start. You'll most likely hear a lotta RINNNGZZZZZ talk in favor of why this should be Kobe, but let's be honest. Kobe was not better than LeBron. Sorry if this offends. We're talking about a player that most consider the second greatest player of all time. The issue here is with Kobe's death I feel like some people allow that to impact evaluating him as a player. You combine the all around production, the efficiency, you can't cut LeBron. Even if you think Kobe was the better competitor, we have that already with MJ.
Cut: Kobe Bryant
Stats: 25.0 points / 5.2 rebounds / 4.7 assists / 1.4 steals / 0.5 blocks / 44% FG / 32% 3P% with 1.4 3PM / 110 Ortg / 105 Drtg
Do I feel bad cutting Kobe? A little. Not enough to change my mind but I get why some people would have him on the bench over LeBron. I just don't agree with it. I reject the RINNNGGGZZZZ argument because a lot of that has to do with the talent surrounding you. You look at their playoff production and there is not one main category that Kobe is better than LeBron in. That's just the facts. Even when you compare their playoff bests, it's still all led by LeBron. If you keep things to JUST the Finals, not much is all that different. LeBron has a higher Finals scoring average, rebounding average, assist average, FG%, 3P%, triple doubles, double doubles, 40 pt games etc. Now I understand the important difference is the record, but again the titles argument involves who they played with.
So that's my list
As always, you can disagree, but before you call me names and yell at me on the internet you have to give your list and reasons why.