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Lebron vs. Kobe, the showdown

By: Michael Dunham

Of all the stars and big time players in the NBA, two men stand above them all.  Thats right, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant.  Ever since it came time to vote for mvp it has been of great debate whether Lebron has taken over the reigns as the biggest star in the league.

Ever since the days of Shaq and Kobe, Kobe has been the face of the NBA and the most loved and hated player in the league.  After he famously had Shaq shipped off to the other side of the country, Kobe haters have argued that he can’t win a title without Shaq and that Shaq is what made Kobe great.  Those on the other side of the arguement say that ever since Shaq left Kobe has single handedly carried the Laker team on his back.

Lebron has been a huge star and basketball icon ever since his senior year at St. Vincent-St. Mary high school in Akron.  When he was drafted into the NBA out of high school he was instantly a star, winning the Rookie of the Year award his rookie year and making his first all-star team in year two.

It has been hugely hyped that Lebron’s per (player efficiency rating) was a record high 31.76 this year, which makes Kobe’s 24.46 look miniscule, even though its 10 points higher than the league average.

What really makes a great player and an NBA icon is what they are able to do in the playoffs.

Lebron has increased his per to an incredible 43.39.  He has also improved from his season average in every major statistical category, including ppg from 28.4 to 34.7, rebounds from 7.6 to 9.3, and steals from 1.6 to 2.0.  Kobe has countered by improving in most major statistical categories but not by as big of margins.

With a Lebron vs Kobe finals matchup looking inevitable I think that the winner of the finals will take home the crown as the face of the nba; for the next year, at least.

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  1. tomakazi
    May 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    No one can be given the title “king” or the “face of the NBA” until they actually win a championship. That title cannot be given to someone who has only 2 game winning shots in his entire NBA career. Game winners and big time playoff shots and performances are merely routine and expected from Kobe. 3 rings for Kobe and 0 for LeNone. It is what it is.

  2. PardonYourInterruption
    May 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    so if championships and game winning shots are how you judge who is the best player in the league then i guess robert horry aka big shot bob is the best player in the league. 7 rings for horry, 3 for kobe (0 without shaq)

    • May 25, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      Well said, 3 for Kobe(0 for Shaq)!!! Shaq made kobe…. end of!!!!!

  3. Tom
    May 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    ya “lenone” has kobe’s number in every aspect of basketball and just because he was drafted onto the cavs who most people probably didnt even know existed til he got there doesnt mean kobe is a better player

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