Fantasy Landscape: Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James

James LeBeau puts the argument to rest. One is the easy winner when looking at these statistics.

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat is currently playing on a level unheard of in basketball. Recently, James had a six game stretch where he converted a blistering 71.7 percent on 66 of 92 shooting. During this stretch, LeBron averaged 30.8 points, 6.5 assists, and five rebounds per game.

This six game stretch has not only been staggering, it's also been historic. James is now the only player to ever have a six game stretch of 30-plus scoring with over 60 percent shooting in league history. With this accomplishment comes even more media attention and with that attention comes the old stand-by of arguments: is LeBron better than Michael Jordan?

In terms of fantasy basketball, which all basketball questions should be based on, that would be a no.

I came into this looking to make the case that James is the better overall player than Jordan and that his fantasy relevance is bigger. Then I actually started comparing career stats, which I understand isn't exactly fair since we don't have James full body of work, but the results were somewhat surprising.

James has a reputation as a supreme passer and is averaging 6.9 assists per game, but the supposedly more selfish MJ isn't far behind with a 5.3 average. In terms of rebounds James also edges out MJ with 7.2 to 6.2, but that's about it for the LBJ edge.

Jordan has the edge in scoring (30.1 to 27.6), free throw percentage (.835 to .746), steals (2.3 to 1.7), and overall field goal percentage (.497 to .488). This edge, compared with the surprisingly small difference in assists and rebounds, is enough to give MJ the nod in overall fantasy value.

Truth be told, both Michael Jordan and LeBron James have locked in their place on the fantasy basketball Mount Rushmore. These guys, even on a down day, are and were worth their weight in gold to any fantasy format.

But in today's world of lists and arguments of who's better, Michael Jordan has the edge on LeBron James.

At least in fantasy legacy…oh, and in rings as well.

James LeBeau is a contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on

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