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    Default Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

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    Source: Basketball-Reference

    My Analysis:

    It's notable that a peak 3-year and 5-year Jordan averages ~6 more points per game on comparable efficiency, more assists on fewer turnovers and equal offensive rebounds. The only thing Lebron has on him are 2-3 defensive rebounds which bring pretty little. Defensively, it's pretty even.

    Over 10 years, Lebron kind of closes the gap and now has 1.5 assists more but Jordan still puts up 4.7 points more on slightly worse efficiency but also with fewer turnovers. Over 10 years, it's also worth noting what stats don't show but Jordan begins to pull away on the defensive end of the floor. From the 2014 playoffs onwards, Lebron is no longer an all-time defender consistently.
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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Your numbers make sense. Just curious, though, what years did you use for each time frame?

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Quote Originally Posted by Roundball_Rock View Post
    Your numbers make sense. Just curious, though, what years did you use for each time frame?
    It's there on top of the tables.

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Do the tables not display for everyone else?

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Quote Originally Posted by dankok8 View Post
    Do the tables not display for everyone else?
    Yeah, sorry man. Can't see it.

    But the stats sounds about right.

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Quote Originally Posted by dankok8 View Post
    Do the tables not display for everyone else?
    Nope. All I see is "viewer discretion advised", "source" and then your analysis.

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Peak and prime Jordan>LeBron? Water is wet. Better boxscore numbers, impact stats, defense and championship play. The only reason LeBron stains shoehorn him into the debate is because of recency bias. That and the amount of teams LeBron has played for (the quintessential teamhoopper ) By doing so, LeBron has done two things: 1. Rejuvenated his career and 2. freed up his individual game (upgrading/playing with more talent). Despite that, Jordan's shoes are STILL too big to fill.

    Do the tables not display for everyone else?
    Don't use imgur. Try another another host, like postimg.cc

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    ^ Thanks for the help!

    Don't understand why Imgur doesn't work. Oh well here it is:






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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Use 2016- 2020 LeBron dummy

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Quote Originally Posted by dankok8 View Post
    ^ Thanks for the help!

    Don't understand why Imgur doesn't work. Oh well here it is
    Yup no problem. The forum is kind of dated so who knows. These stats are common knowledge to most fans "in the know" but actually SEEING the charts is like reading a good piece in the WSJ. Nice work. And more confirmation that LeBron isn't in Jordan's league.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Hemmingway View Post
    Use 2016- 2020 LeBron dummy
    Its already included. Learn how to read.

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    MJ was a better playoff performer in his 20's
    LeBron was a better playoff performer in his 30's.

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    Quote Originally Posted by 1987_Lakers View Post
    MJ was a better playoff performer in his 20's
    LeBron was a better playoff performer in his 30's.
    Yes but it doesn't tell the whole story. Lebron in his 30's just started playing in more and more offensively minded leagues. He also started giving way less effort on defense from the 2014 playoffs onwards. 2012 or 2013 Lebron is clearly his peak when it all came together in terms of still being athletic but having a developed post game, better jumper, having experience, leadership etc. He really peaked on both ends on the floor in those years IMO.

    2020 Lebron put up similar stats to 2012 Lebron... or not similar but just as good and yet he's nowhere near the player. Anyone who carefully watches games will see that. It's not even just the diminished defensive effort but he also has less motor on offense. He seems gassed down the stretch of many games. And of course coasts in the regular season to save the energy for the playoffs to begin with.

    Now of course the same is true for MJ. In his second threepeat, he didn't have the motor he had earlier. However, the late 90's were a tougher and more defensive era than the early 90's. MJ sacrificed some of his playmaking and defensive rebounding (I guess because of Rodman...) but maintained a high level of scoring and defense. Lebron's and Jordan's game aged differently. But IMO Jordan's game aged in a way that he was still the most effective player in scoring the ball and a fantastic man defender and those are the skills his team needed more than anything else. Those Bulls with Pippen, Kukoc and Harper didn't really need MJ to set up the offense. However a younger peak MJ definitely proved that he was elite in setting up the offense as well. The stats I posted show it clear as day.
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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

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    Default Re: Playoff Peak 3, 5 and 10 Years : Jordan vs Lebron

    2012-14 is CLEARLY not LeBron's peak as a playoff performer It's 2016-18. Plus this is an ineffective way to determine it. Unlike Jordan who's best playoff runs all happened consecutively (88-93), LeBron's best are spread all around; '09, '12, '16-'18, '20. Compare those playoff runs and you'd have a much more accurate picture

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