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Survey: 34 percent of NBA fans think Michael Jordan would beat LeBron James 1-on-1… in 2015

Michael Jordan, LeBron James

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, left, shakes hands with Miami Heat’s LeBron James, right, after Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, April 28, 2014. The Heat won 109-98, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Michael Jordan once said he’d beat LeBron James 1-on-1 if they played in their primes.

I’d take Jordan, who’s better overall. LeBron’s biggest advantage is passing ability, which doesn’t factor 1-on-1. The Cavaliers star is stronger, so it’s not as if he has no 1-on-1 advantages. But I’m taking Jordan.

Want to pick LeBron? That’s a plausible answer.

But here’s a different question that is not debatable:

Public Policy Polling surveyed NBA fans (hat tip:
Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie):

(Among NBA fans) If LeBron James and Michael Jordan played one on one in the year 2015, who do you think would win?

LeBron James ................................................. 54%

Michael Jordan ............................................... 34%

Not sure .......................................................... 12%


I want to be careful – because some of you apparently take this very seriously – but 34 percent of respondents have no clue what they’re talking about.

There is absolutely no way a 52-year-old Jordan could keep up with a 30-year-old LeBron. This isn’t a close call. This isn’t worthy of further analysis.

LeBron would torch Jordan 1-on-1 today.