Michael Jordan Comparison With His "Heirs" and Current NBA Stars

This is a comparison of Michael Jordan's numbers with those achieved by the players signaled as his heirs and other current stars.

As soon as MJ put a step off the court after his second retirement, everybody started to look for the "next Jordan". Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett and more recently Lebron James and Dwyane Wade are some of his "heirs".

Most of these players have already shown that although they are great they will never be at Jordan's level.

The hyper-advertised James looks better every season and his numbers are amazing but also has a long way to go to prove he has the attitude. And talking about attitude, Kobe Bryant will never have Jordan's numbers but he is on the same page when we talk about competitiveness and the desire to show he is the best. It is almost impossible for Bryant to match MJ's awards and career point averages but he is the only one on this list (and in NBA history) who has matched Jordan and Chamberlain in scoring streaks (40+ points, 50+ points, etc) and he even scored 81 points in one game. He also has 4 championships, some years ahead, and has proved he's capable to lead a team to the title without Shaquille O'Neal.

Note: current players stats include 2008-09 NBA season and playoffs.


Basic Data Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Lebron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett

NBA Seasons 15 13 6 6 11 12 13 14
NBA Championships 6 4 - 1 - - - 1
Finals Played 6 6 1 1 - - 1 1
Olympic Medals 2 Gold 1 Gold 1 G. / 1 B. 1 G. / 1 B. 1 Gold - 1 Bronze 1 Gold
Nickname His
Airness
Black Mamba King James Flash
D-Wade
Vinsanity T-Mac The Answer The Big Ticket
Teams Bulls Lakers Cavaliers Heat Raptors,
Nets,
Magic
Raptors, Magic, Rockets 76ers, Nuggets, Pistons T-wolves, Celtics
Jersey Numbers 23 / 45 8 / 24 23 3 15 1 3 / 1 21 / 5


Honors and Awards Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Lebron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett

Season MVP 5 1 1 - - - 1 1
Finals MVP 6 1 - 1 - - - -
All-NBA 1st Team 10 7 3 1 - 2 3 4
All-NBA 2nd Team 1 2 2 2 1 3 3 3
All-NBA 3rd Team - 2 - 1 1 2 1 2
All-Defensive 1st Team 9 7 1 - - - - 8
All-Defensive 2nd Team - 2 - 2 - - - 2
Def. Player of the Year 1 - - - - - - 1
Scoring Titles 10 2 1 1 - 2 4 -
Rebounding leader - - - - - - - 4
Assists leader - - - - - - - -
Steals leader 3 - - - - - 3 -
Blocks leader - - - - - - - -
Rookie of the Year yes no yes no yes no yes no


Season Stats Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Lebron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett

Total Games 1,072 948 472 394 777 784 886 1,055
Points per Game
30.1 25.1 27.5 25.2 23.5 22.1 27.1 20.2
Rebounds per Game 6.2 5.3 7.0 4.9 5.5 6.1 3.7 11.1
Assists per Game 5.3 4.6 6.7 6.7 4.3 4.7 6.2 4.3
Steals per Game 2.3 1.5 1.8 1.8 1.2 1.3 2.2 1.4
Field Goal Percentage .497 .455 .471 .483 .447 .436 .425 .496
3-Point Percentage .327 .341 .328 .285 .376 .339 .313 .283
Free Throw Percentage .835 .840 .738 .772 .796 .749 .780 .782
Total Points 32,292 23,820 12,993 9922 18254 17289 23983 21277
Total Rebounds 6,672 5,019 3307 1925 4243 4777 3315 11682
Total Assists 5,633 4,401 3159 2625 3315 3700 5511 4534
Total Steals 2,514 1,441 830 720 969 1039 1964 1445


Playoffs Stats Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Lebron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett

Total Games 179 175 60 61 42 38 71 73
Points per Game 33.4 25.0 29.4 25.7 25.9 28.5 29.7 21.6
Rebounds per Game 6.4 5.1 8.3 5.3 6.9 6.9 3.8 12.4
Assists per Game 5.7 4.7 7.3 5.9 5.2 6.2 6.0 4.4
Field Goal Percentage .487 .447 .452 .474 .418 .430 .401 .470
3-Point Percentage .332 .329 .301 .327 .332 .301 .327 .318
Free Throw Percentage .828 .811 .744 .801 .780 .756 .764 .776
Total Points 5,987 4,381 1761 1570 1086 1084 2111 1579
Total Rebounds 1152 889 496 321 289 261 273 902
Total Assists 1022 829 436 360 220 236 425 323
Total Steals 376 247 98 101 63 51 147 98


Other Data Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Lebron James Dwyane Wade Vince Carter Tracy McGrady Allen Iverson Kevin Garnett

All-Star Games 14 11 5 5 8 7 10 12
All-Star Game MVP 3 3 2 - - - 2 1
Season Triple Doubles 28 * 16 24 3 5 4 1 16


* Michael Jordan's triple doubles detail: 28 triple doubles in Regular Season, 2 triple doubles in Playoffs and 1 triple double in All-Star game (the only one in All-Star Game history) / The other players data only show triple doubles in regular season
* All-Star Games shows how many times the player was selected for the ASG.