Two of the greatest basketball players to ever touch the hardwood. They will be compared, lives will be told, and the answer to one of the biggest questions will be answered KOBE or MIKE....
"His Airness" Or "The Black Mamba"
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Numbers Don't Lie.
Jordan's career stats (averages added for '85-'98):
FGM (field goals made): 148.9
FGA (field goals attempted): 299.8
3P (3-pointers made): 7.7
3PA (3-pointers attempted): 22.7
Now subtract the 3P from FGM, and 3PA from FGA and you get: 141.2 FGM / 277.1 FGA =50.9%
A career 50.9% FG from the mid-range.
Kobe's career stats (averages added for '99-'11 to match Jordan's 12 years):
Now subtract Kobe's 3's from his overall field goal and you get: 99.5 FGM / 205.5 FGA = 48.4%
Between Kobe and Jordan, there is a 2.5% difference in efficiency.
Now let's take a look at their total attempts:
Jordan's career totals from '85-'98:
FGM: 10962 shots
FGA: 21686 shots
3P: 555 shots
3PA: 1670 shots
Same mathematics. Eliminate the three-pointer from the overall shots and you get: 10407 (shots made) / 20016 (shots attempted)
And now Kobe:
FGM: 8783 shots
FGA: 19256 shots
3P: 1265 shots
3PA: 3728 shots
Same math: 7518 (shots made) / 15528 (shots attempted)
So let's compare their post/mid-range game:
Jordan's field goal: 50.9%
Kobe's field goal: 48.4%
Jordan's total shots made and attempted: 10407 / 20016
Kobe's total shots made and attempted: 7518 / 15528
Already you can tell how different their games are. Kobe played a lot as a wing shooter and Jordan played closer to the rim than Kobe did. Jordan took 4500 more shots in the mid-range than Kobe.
If using the statistics, Kobe emulated Jordan's mid-range game throughout his career, it would look like this:
Kobe's FG (48.4%) x Jordan's total shot attempts (20016) = 9687
Jordan's total made (10407) - Kobe's total made (9687) = 720 shots made
Jordan would have made 720 more shots in the post and mid-range than Kobe would have, over the 12-year course.
That would amount to: 720 shots / 12 years = 60 more shots made by Jordan per year
Which would translate to: 60 shots / 82 games a year = 0.73 shots per game. Basically Kobe would have missed less than 1 shot a game than Jordan would have.
Numbers don't tell the whole story, but "numbers don't lie" is a misleading statement. The difference in efficiency is heavily influenced by Bryant's perimeter game, as well as Jordan's lack-of. Of course, this is not an article to argue who the G.O.A.T. is. Jordan was a player that can't be matched in history, but there is a huge double standard when it comes to comparing the two.