V1n5anity wrote:Had an argument like this before. My friend said LeBron is the better defender, rebounder, passer, finisher, shoots a higher FG%. Kobe is only a better scorer and a better clutch player (as is Carmelo when compared to LeBron).
What's a good reply to that?
Better defender now maybe, not in Kobe's prime he was a terrific perimeter defender. He wasn't as big as LeBron is either which makes it more impressive.
Of course LeBron is a better rebounder, he's bigger, stronger, and more athletic than Kobe ever was. Let's compare Dikembe Mutumbo's rebounding to Carlos Boozer while we're at it. One is bigger, taller, and more athletic than the other. Of course he'll have an advantage.
LeBron is a more willing passer than Kobe, I wouldn't call it better. Kobe's mindset is different. He wants to shoot first, second, sometimes third, and probably the fourth time too. LeBron wants to pass first, pass second, shoot the third, and the fourth is a toss. Different players, different mindsets. That doesn't mean he's a BETTER passer than Kobe. Kobe CAN make brilliant passes, he just doesn't do it very often.
Finishing and shooting a higher FG% is almost a given. Kobe's smaller and plays a wing position. LeBron gets the vast majority of his points from attacking with his giant frame. Kobe gets most of his points from the field. If you compare most guards to most forwards, the forwards will have a higher FG%. Of course he's able to finish easier around the rim, he's bigger and stronger physically. But if you're looking at prime Kobe, he was still more than capable of finishing at the rim or the line.