Thats not really specific, "game and knowledge".. how exactly does that come into play on the court?
I remember Indian_guy defined it nicely, when he said why '06 Kobe is better than '06 LeBron, which was basically the same maturity argument as here of course, but I liked how he explained it.
How much more specific can you be...with the obvious?
Kobe was better in the post, had better footwork, and was clearly a better shooter. But most important, Kobe was a greater half-court scorer.
Its the little things too. Jordan rushing on a fadeaway or trying to find a seam in the defense that just wasn't there. Game management. Kobe also ran the triangle to perfection, or close to it during his MVP year. That's not something we would have seen Jordan do. Or liked anyway. He hated the offense initially and broke it often when Jax took over as head coach.
But again...all of that is experience. While Kobe had his faults, at 29 naturally he was a more polished player. And basically as efficient.
I don’t see a rational argument for Kobe in 09. LeBron’s stats are overwhelming that year and he led a pretty weak cast to 66 wins.
Idk when his prime started. Maybe 06? His peak started in 09 and lasted through 13.
Here's the rational argument:
Kobe won his first ring as "the man" that year while lebron wouldn't do that for 4 more seasons, during which he lost 3 straight times as the heavy favorite in the 09-11' playoffs
So despite lebron's stats in 2009 and his regular season run, he didn't know how to beat teams he was supposed to beat in the playoffs - 3 straight years he lost as the favorite - he simply didn't know how to win; whereas Kobe did.. that's the argument
BPM (especially defensive) is not a very accurate stat as its own creators admitted, I wouldn't read too much into that stat. Also, a player shooting well on a bad team would get a higher OBPM than a player shooting the same on a team that had a better average TS%. There are other issues with that statistic as well. It's one of the least important stats but you're obsessed about it beause it supports your argument, but I doubt you know anything about how it's actually calculated.
Can you tell me why Steve Nash was only 13th and 9th in OBPM during his MVP seasons while running the 1st and 2nd best offenses in the league?