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Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James are constantly compared to each other. We compare their rings, statistics, achievements, etc., every single day it seems. And with this recent ‘Last Dance’ documentary, people are comparing their competition during their respective playing days.

People have debated ‘who has kept the most other greats from winning’, ‘who had the weakest competition’, and so on. The issue with these debates is that it gets subjective, with people using opinion over fact. Also, ‘great competitor’ debates are difficult to argue since all of Jordan’s peak competition is retired, Kobe’s peak competition is split between active and retired, and most of LeBron’s peak competition is still active.

We all know their records in the NBA Finals (Jordan 6-0, Kobe 5-2, LeBron 3-6). In this article, we will objectively address each of these players’ in-conference competition and see how much they dominated the conference in their era.

I will be listing the All-Stars that each player has eliminated in the playoffs (every round beside the NBA Finals). In doing so, we will only consider the competition as All-Stars in the years they actually made the All-Star team. IE, if a player were reduced to a reserve role late in their career after being a 5x All-Star, they would not count on this list as they were not an All-Star in the season they got eliminated. Let’s add more fire to the never-ending debate…

 

Michael Jordan

(via CBS Sports)

Playoff Appearances: 13 Playoff Seasons

Series Wins: 24

Series Losses: 7

Total Playoff Record (minus Finals): 95-48

Individual All-Stars Eliminated: 22

Total Eliminated: 35

Repeat Eliminations: Patrick Ewing 5x, Brad Daugherty 4x, Mark Price 3x, Alonzo Mourning 3x, Larry Nance 2x, Charles Barkley 2x

1x Eliminations: Mark Jackson, Joe Dumars, Hershey Hawkins, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Larry Johnson, Penny Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Hardaway, Christian Laettner, Dikembe Mutombo, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Glen Rice, Jayson Williams, Rik Smits

 

Kobe Bryant

Playoff Appearances: 15 Playoff Seasons

Series Wins: 28

Series Losses: 8

Total Playoff Record (minus Finals): 114-71

Individual All-Stars Eliminated: 22

Total Eliminated: 30

Repeat Eliminations: Tim Duncan 4x, Chris Webber 3x, Rasheed Wallace 2x, Kevin Garnett 2x, Yao Ming 2x

1x Eliminations: Gary Payton, Vin Baker, Jason Kidd, David Robinson, Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Steve Francis, Sam Cassell, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chauncey Billups, Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul

 

LeBron James

Playoff Appearances: 13 Playoff Seasons

Series Wins: 32

Series Losses: 4

Total Playoff Record (minus Finals): 138-52

Individual All-Stars Eliminated: 30

Total Eliminated: 46

Repeat Eliminations: Paul George 3x, Al Horford 3x, Kyle Lowry 3x, DeMar DeRozan 3x, Gilbert Arenas 2x, Caron Butler 2x, Joe Johnson 2x, Derrick Rose 2x, Paul Pierce 2x, Rajon Rondo 2x, Roy Hibbert 2x, Paul Millsap 2x

1x Eliminations: Chauncey Billups, Vince Carter, Richard Hamilton, Jason Kidd, Antawn Jamison, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Andre Drummond, Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Victor Oladipo

*Update: LeBron James didn’t play against Allen Iverson

 

Conclusion

Take in this information as you see fit. I’ve attempted to include little to no opinion in this article to prevent from muddying any factual points or showing any bias to either of the 3 All-Time Greats. All 3 players handled their respective conferences and killed the Championship dreams of a large number of opposing All-Stars.

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