DALLAS, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – Yesterday, a question was posed in our pre-show meeting: Is LeBron James better than Larry Bird?
I immediately answered, “No,” then pondered for a moment, “I mean … um … no, no,” and then I paused again and said, “Well … maybe.”
The question was tough and I really needed to figure this out – who is the best small forward of all time?
And what was the conclusion I came to? C’mon people, simply look at the title of the article (unless it’s been high jacked by our webmaster) or just read the rest of this blog.
The two have staggeringly similar accomplishments.
James has a career average of 27.5 points per game, 6.9 assists per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. That’s a total of 41.6. Compare that to Bird’s total of 40.6 (24.3 PPG, 6.3 APG, 10 RPG). Too close to call – what about NBA Finals MVPs, well both have two – so that’s no help. And both were named Rookie of the Year (Bird in 1980 and James in 2004).
What about other impressive achievements?
Bird helped the Boston Celtics improve 32 games from the 1978-79 season to 1979-80 (his rookie year), which is the biggest increase in NBA history. But James single-handedly took the 2006-07 Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, which I think we can all agree is a monumental accomplishment as well.