#1) Jordan is the better basketball player.
#2) Lebron overall is the better athlete. Jordan was quicker but Lebron is stronger and covers more ground faster. Jordan didn’t cover as much ground as him on steals and fast breaks. It almost seems like it takes 3 steps for Lebron to get from half court to a dunk (obviously I don’t mean this literally).
Here’s an example of how they differ. Lebron takes it to the basket , gets hit and the hit barely affects the shot and he ends up with an “and one” or no call at all. Jordan takes the contact , it affects his shot but he still manages to put it in using his freaky skill and focus. Same result, different methods.
Lebron can’t create the space the way Jordan used to. He just doesn’t have that quickness and skill that Jordan had. Watch the old Jordan highlight reels and even when the defender is in his face all it takes is a jab step and couple dribbles and he ends up with an open look. Lebron relies and getting the first step, or just using his strength and size to get his shot off. It’s a mismatch no matter who guards him. Guards are to small and weak, forwards are to slow and still sometimes too weak. Despite what the commentators say, Lebron can’t score at will the way Jordan did. Even Durant is better than Lebron in that respect.
Oh, and Jordan is also a better than defender than Lebron is or will ever be. Lebron is a good defender but he doesn’t consistently shut down opponents the way Jordan did. Jordan was one of the best in that aspect too.