I asked the same question on another site, and the following is what a poster wrote, and I agree with what they typed:
"How anyone could say Jordan was a better "overall" player than Bird is beyond me.
Yes, Jordan scored more points. But that was because he took a hell of a lot more shots. Bird chose to involve his teammates more while Jordan played a more selfish game. Believeme, if Larry wanted to score there wasn't anybody going to stop him.
Bird had more range than Jordan did, and could score from anywhere. Jordan was more of a slasher, and made a living at the free throw line (courtesy of the Jordan Jocking refs). Jordan didn't have much of a shot outside of 15 ft.
Bird was also a better rebounder, passer, and free throw shooter. Jordan was a quicker defender , although Bird could play the "hidden zone' better than most. They actually enforced the illegal defense rule because of Bird.
Lastly, Bird made more of an impact on his team, leading the Celtics who had only won 29 games the year before his arrival, to the best record in the league his rookie year.
Jordan didn't even break the .500 mark till his 4th season. And Jordan's Bulls were 0-6 vs. Bird's Celtics in the playoffs.
It breaks down as this:
Free throw Shooting: Bird
Court awareness: Bird
Made teammates better: Bird