12. Weaker Conference
There’s little doubt that James played in a weaker conference than Jordan for most of his career. James spent most of his career in the Eastern Conference before he joined the Lakers. As a result, it was easier to increase his numbers. Of course, he was always a brilliant athlete, but it helped that he was in a less competitive conference. Jordan spent his career in the East too. However, the league was very different back then.
Since Jordan’s final NBA Championship win, it’s been all about the West. The likes of the Spurs, Lakers, and Warriors claimed 15 titles between them while the East won just seven. Sure, James played on several of those Eastern teams. Meanwhile, in M.J.’s day, the likes of the Detroit Piston and Houston were always in contention. In sum, the league has changed a lot since then.