LeBron James is actually better now than Michael Jordan was then

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(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Miami Heat’s Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James earned his second career NBA title. He now has four MVPs, two rings and two Finals MVPs. And he’s only 28 years old.

As a point of reference, Michael Jordan had two MVPs, one title and one Finals MVP by the time he was 28.


(Photos of trophies: Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports)

James entered the NBA directly from high school, so he got a jump on Jordan. LeBron just finished his 10th season, while Jordan had only been in the league for eight years by the time he was 28.

Jordan finished his career with six NBA titles, winning in 1991, 92, 93 96, 97 and 98. Nate Silver of The New York Times takes an interesting look at LeBron’s chances of winning as many titles as Jordan. Looking at other players who have won a title and MVP by the time they were 28, Silver concludes that it’ll be difficult for James to win six championships.

What seems safe to say is that you wouldn’t want to bet on James at even money. There are just too many things that can go wrong with a player’s career as he ages: injury or illness, early retirement, bad teammates or bad luck.

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