Breaking Down Real Difference Between Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan

December 29th, 2012 by Peter Emerick Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan all have one thing in common.

They will forever be in the debate regarding which NBA player is truly the greatest of all time.

I'm not going to take a stab at that one. Instead, I want to break down why two of them have a step up on the other.

The one word that separates LeBron and Jordan from Kobe is efficiency.

Technically it's three words created by the new vice president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, John Hollinger—Player Efficiency Rating. But let's be honest, who's really counting?

For those out there who have never heard of Player Efficiency Rating (PER from here on out), here's a quick breakdown of what it is. 

PER is a per-minute "rating" that takes into account all of the following: field goals, free throws, three-pointers, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals, as well as missed shots, turnovers and personal fouls.

It's a way of taking away all of the outside factors and focusing solely on a player's complete contribution to his team.

Critics of PER say that it doesn't accurately depict a player's ...

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