LeBron James recently moved into fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Michael Jordan.
The achievement reignited one of the fiercest debates in the NBA — who is the “GOAT,” the greatest NBA player of all time.
Supporters of Jordan pointed to Jordan’s six championships, his undefeated record in the NBA Finals, and his overall influence in taking the NBA’s popularity to a new level as reasons why he’s the best.
Fans of James point to his longevity, his eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances, of which he won three, and his overall brilliance on the floor beyond scoring. James is also still at his peak and passing Jordan in several statistical achievements.
INSIDER polled 1,082 American adults through SurveyMonkey Audience on March 1o, 2019. We asked respondents a few questions. First, we asked how often they watched the NBA, and then we asked who they believed to be the greatest player of all time based on their knowledge of the game. Of those 1,082 respondents, 747 volunteered a basketball player as the GOAT, and we sorted through the responses to clean and consolidate the responses to find out a winner.
Overwhelmingly, Americans chose Jordan as the GOAT.
Two-thirds of respondents, 66%, chose Jordan as the best NBA player of all time. Only 10.4% of respondents chose James. Other names respondents volunteered included Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Stephen Curry. Colle