Originally Posted by NumberSix
Context matters. If Kobe spent like 8 seasons on a non-contender he could have put up 5 or 6 35+ PPG seasons.
If MJ came into the league playing with an already established superstar dominant center, his scoring numbers would be drastically decreased.
You could also say though, that although MJs numbers would be lower, he might have started winning championships earlier.
This is why it's stupid to judge players with blanket criteria. Every player has completely different circumstances.
I don't disagree, but I was speaking strictly to the numbers side of things.