Love it or hate it (most of you probably hate it), but LeBron James is on track to be the greatest basketball player of all time.
You may have heard of this guy named Michael Jordan. The now 50-year-old owner of the Charlotte Bobcats is a six-time NBA champion, five-time league MVP and 10-time scoring champion. It's a resume that no other hoopster has come close to matching.
But where did Jordan stand at the point in his career that James is currently at?
The answer may surprise you.
Both James and Jordan won their second titles in their eighth playoff appearance, but MJ was 29 years old at the time, compared to LeBron's current age of 28.
James is also much more accomplished than Jordan was after his second championship. The Miami Heat star has racked up 19 playoff series wins, while "His Airness" only had 13. His playoff win percentage (.638) also trumps Jordan's at the time (.587).
MVPs? James 4, Jordan 3. In fact, another MVP trophy for James next season will tie him up with Jordan's career total of five.
Nobody in the sports world has endured more unnecessary hate than James. He's been public enemy No. 1 since leaving Cleveland for greener pastures. After losing the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks in his first season with the Heat, he was nothing short of a laughing stock.
But James vindicated his move to South Beach in the 2013 NBA Finals, when he led his Miami Heat to victories in Games 6 and 7 over San Antonio and clinched his second straight ring. Contained for the first half of the series in a way we haven't seen in years, James broke through and turned into an unstoppable force. The Spurs dared him to shoot jumpers in the decisive Game 7, and he made them pay with five 3-pointers and 37 points in a closeout performance for the ages.
Plus, he notched two triple-doubles in the series. That's as many as Jordan had in his entire playoff career.
Sure, James has come up short on the big stage and Jordan has not. But should he be discredited for getting his team there early on in his career, while Jordan struggled to get his Bulls deep in the playoffs?
With all of this said, the LeBron vs. MJ debate is one that shouldn't start until James plays his last NBA game. Then, the resumes will be compared side-by-side for years and years.
Until then, Michael Jordan is the greatest player to ever step on the court. But to ignore the trajectory of James' career, especially after what he did last week, is nothing short of foolish.