Michael Jordan 15 Seasons Essay

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Comparing two basketball players by their skill levels by finding who has the most MVP awards can be very misleading. Throughout Kobe’s 19 seasons, he only won the award once, which was in his 2007-2008 season, the year he brought his team to the finals. In Michael Jordan’s 15 seasons, he won the Most Valuable Player award five times. Without knowing the background of Kobe Bryant’s career, anyone would say that Jordan was the better player just because of his five MVP awards. However, this does not necessarily prove that Michael is better than Kobe, because the MVP is only given to one player in the entire league and doesn't shed any light on other deserving players that year. For instance, in Kobe’s 2005-2006 season he averaged 35 points,…show more content…
Instead of Kobe, the MVP award was given to Steve Nash, who averaged 18 points per game, 10 assists, and 4 rebounds. The reason that Steve Nash won MVP that season was very unclear. There were many players during that season who made their mark in the league from scoring, including Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Gilbert Arenas, and Dwyane Wade, who all averaged more than 25 points per game. In contrast, in of Michael Jordan’s seasons of winning MVP, he averaged lower numbers in every category than Kobe did in his 2005-2006 season. In Jordan’s 1997-1998 season where he won MVP, he averaged 28 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds per game. Other than Bryant’s 2005-2006 season, he also had several other seasons where he was not awarded MVP, such as his 2002-2003 season when he averaged 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists per game, his 2004-2005 season with 28 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds per game, and his 2006-2007 season with 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. These are just a few examples of outstanding years that Kobe averaged great numbers, but did not win the MVP

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