This is a subject that has come up and probably will continue to come up forever. It is widely considered by many, if not all, people that Michael Jordan is the greatest NBA player in the history of the league. Somebody once described greatness as the following: It's when everyone who came before are almost irrelevant and everyone who came after are compared to. That's Michael Jordan in the NBA. LeBron James, though, continues to get his name into the conversation. I know many of you out there are the simple sort and you'll think to yourselves, "Well just look at each player's stats". We can do that. Michael Jordan was a 6'6" Shooting Guard who accomplished the following: Two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2009 – individual class of 2010 – as a member of the "Dream Team" U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame – class of 2009 (as a member of the "Dream Team") FIBA Hall of Fame – class of 2015 Two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner – 1984, 1992 Six-time NBA champion Six-time NBA Finals MVP Five-time NBA MVP 10-time NBA scoring leader (1987–1993, 1996–1998) 14-time NBA All-Star Three-time NBA All-Star Game MVP 11-time All-NBA Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team Two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion – 1987, 1988 NBA Rookie of the Year – 1984–85 NBA Defensive Player of the Year – 1987–88 1985 IBM Award winner NCAA national championship – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 1981–82 ACC Freshman of the Year – 1981–82 Two-time Consensus NCAA All-American First Team – 1982–83, 1983–84 LeBron James is a 6'8" Small Forward who has accomplished the following: Three-time NBA Champion: 2012, 2013, 2016 Three-time NBA Finals MVP: 2012, 2013, 2016 Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 13-time NBA All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2006, 2008 Ten-time All-NBA First Team: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Two-time All-NBA Second Team: 2005, 2007 Five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 NBA All-Defensive Second Team: 2014 2004 NBA Rookie of the Year 2004 NBA All-Rookie First Team 2008 NBA Scoring Champion Two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner: 2008, 2012 2004 Olympic Bronze Medal winner 2006 FIBA World Championship Bronze Medal winner 2007 FIBA Americas Championship Gold Medal winner 2012 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year Commemorative banner in Miami's American Airlines Arena (for his 2012 gold medal won as a member of the Miami Heat) Looking at each player's accomplishments, LeBron actually isn't far behind Jordan in a lot of areas. What's more, LeBron accomplished a lot of his feats at a much younger age than Jordan accomplished his meaning that LeBron still has plenty of time to surpass Jordan's accomplishments. I'm here to tell you that it's about more than stats and accomplishments. Michael Jordan didn't reach the NBA Finals until his 7th season in the league. LeBron did it in 4. So LeBron is more impressive in that regard, right? Wrong. Jordan won his first NBA Finals and LeBron didn't. Actually LeBron lost his first 2 NBA Finals. Jordan won his first 6 NBA Finals. In actuality, Lebron has already been to one more NBA Finals than Jordan went to, but LeBron only has half the championships that Jordan has. Every time Jordan made it to the Finals, not only did he win, he never ever went the full 7 games. LeBron has lost Finals and went 7 games in the Finals. It's things like this that the stats and accomplishments leave out. They also leave out that LeBron is the only non Celtic in NBA history to go to 6 straight NBA Finals. They leave out that a LeBron led Cavs team in 2016 was the very first team ever to come back from being down 3 games to 1 in the Finals and win. Jordan never went to 6 straight NBA Finals and he never made that comeback. It's things like that that keep LeBron in the conversation with Jordan as the GOAT. LeBron, IMO, has already passed Larry Bird as the greatest SF of all time. IMO, he should already be considered as one of the top 5 players of all time and the man is only 32. He has several years left to continue making his mark. When LeBron's career is over, do you think it possible that he will have surpassed Jordan as the greatest of all time? Is he already close? Does anyone think that he's already surpassed Jordan? Let me know your opinions.