I hate this argument. In a video promoting NBA 2k14, Michael Jordan discussed what players he wishes he could play against. In the list he named Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. So, who would beat him? “I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, “Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.”
Well, there’s that. In the NBA, there are a lot of unnecessary and arbitrary arguments that can never actually come to fruition. We argue about the Dream Team and the 2012 Olympic Team, we argue about legacies, and we somehow forget facts. Ask most people, and they will tell you that Jordan shot 100%, and if any player does something negative, you hear “Jordan wouldn’t have done that.” Jordan was the best of all time, but to pretend no one has ever played at his level is absurd. If you ask any of those guys who would win and they would choose themselves. Either way, this debate will never end.