9. Better Defender
In terms of general all-around play, Jordan was much better than James. Jordan even won an NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1988. This was during an era where there were many great defenders. It was quite an achievement considering Jordan’s ability as a shooter. He played superb defense and gave everything in his six NBA Finals. Defense was just a part of the job for him.
James is also a good defender and made the All-Defense First Team on five occasions. But that falls far short of Jordan’s nine times. Meanwhile, Jordan won three steals titles, which is something James never achieved. The latter’s ability to shut down his opponents is simply not in the same class as Jordan’s. Some may dispute this, but it’s the truth.