Formal Essay #3:Comparison and Contrast During the 2007-2008 season, LeBron James averaged 30 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals per game. Throughout the 1986-1987 season Michael Jordan averaged 37 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 14 field goals per game. Although both James and Jordan are argued to be the most talented players of their generation, there are many differences that set them apart. For example, their experience before the NBA, the awards they won, and which teams they played on.
LeBron James has been a basketball star ever since he was the star of his high school team, St. Vincent and St. Marys Academy. He won “Mr. Basketball of Ohio” three years consecutively. After high school, LeBron was drafted straight into the NBA, and was the very 1st draft pick. His first year in the NBA, LeBron won the “Rookie of the Year” award. He has already earned 1 national championship, 2 olympic medals, and 3 NBA MVPs. James played with the Cleveland Cavaliers his first 7 seasons straight out of high school. In 2010, LeBron signed a contract with the Miami
Heat and has Just started his 3rd season with the Heat. Michael Jordan was always underestimated. In high school, he lead his team , Emsley A. Laney, to the state playoffs his Junior and Senior year. After high school, Michael played 3 years on scholarship at University of Carolina. In 1984, Jordan was the 3rd pick of the NBA draft. Jordan played 8 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, earning “Rookie of the Year” award, 6 consecutive national championships, 3 NBA MVP’s, and 2 olympic gold medals. After 8 seasons, Jordan retired to play professional baseball. ears later, Jordan quit baseball and came back to the NBA and played 6 seasons as the star of the Washington Wizards, before he retired for a second and final time. Jordan is now the partial owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats. Both LeBron and M. J. are talented basketball legends. However, its impossible to compare who is better because they played in two very different basketball eras and basketball changed so much between the two times. But, in my mind Michael Jordan will always outshine LeBron James as my hero and role model.