Head to Head

LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant: By the Numbers


(Harry How, Getty Images)

(Harry How, Getty Images)

Let me start off by saying: This isn’t me trying to convince you that one player is better than the other. This is simply me giving you all a look at the comparison of the two based on many statistical categories. The Kobe-LeBron debate has been one of the most talked about topics in all of the sports world of the last decade, even if it wasn’t justified. Honestly, the better comparison would have been Kobe-MJ and LeBron-Magic (or Oscar) based off their style of play and skill set. But, when the two most popular players of the 21st century, and their incredibly loyal ( and sometimes irrational ) fans start talking about who is better, the discussion seems to end up going nowhere. Why? Many Kobe and LeBron fans don’t base their reasoning on facts or statistics, but rather on their own personal bias. So, here is a little statistical comparison of the two, an attempt to inform you all a little more for the next time you have a debate about this. And I realize LeBron has more years in the NBA ahead of him than Kobe does, so don’t forget about that variable as well.



( All stats and images are credited to landofbasketball.com and basketball-reference.com )

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