Kobe Bryant Is No Michael Jordan, so Please Just Stop with the Comparisons!

December 18th, 2010 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
It seems that there's a certain segment of NBA fans that keeps wanting to compare Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. Plainly put, Kobe is no Michael Jordan, he's not even close. And while I know that if you're one of that breed, you're going to be saying this is hating, it's not. 

I don't think that Woodrow Wilson is a bad president. Heck, he's even in the top 10. But really, he's no Abe Lincoln. That's just the way it is. That's not insulting Wilson by any stretch. But to compare Lincoln to Wilson is an insult to Lincoln. Frankly, to compare Kobe to MJ, is just downright insulting to the latter. 

Now, before you start braying about hating, I just want to give you some crisp details here by comparison. First, let's take a look at Player Efficiency Rating or PER. Now, I know what you're thinking, PER has some problems and it's not a perfect stat. I agree.

But the problem with PER here is not that it inflates the difference between the two, it's that it actually makes them closer than they really are. There are two primary criticisms of PER, it rewards bad field goal percentage and it doesn't account for defense. In both o ...

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