MJs level is being on a "scoring champ" mode every year with 32+ PPG & still shoot 51+%FG despite TRIAGLE OFFENSE making pippen primary ball handler & playmaker.
LBJ is also not at BIRD level.
BIRD level is being 28+PPG with 9-11 RPG DOUBLE DOUBLE despite TWO 7-footers 7'0" perish & 7'0" Mchale stealing defensive RPG away from BIRD.
6'8" LBJ cannot up RPG to 6'9" BIRD level depite NOT having a single 7'0" guy on his team also wade is only 6'4"
LBJ is all-time great mode. BUT notch below peak prime MJ & peak prime BIRD.
Not that rebounding alone decides how great a player is, but did you know LeBron is the best rebounder in the NBA?
I know, it sounds like I'm just being a homer, but there's a new 3D camera stats system that proves it.
Think about it. LeBron is a wing player who runs the point on offense. He's not usually right next to the basket for rebounds, but when he is in rebounding range, he grabs the rebound 83% of the time. That's the highest percentage in the NBA.
When TRIANGLE OFFENSE was introduced to FORCE MJ to change the game & turn him into 24-25 PPG SG......MJ attacked back with "mid-range" game & still got to 32 PPG
When PF like PIPPEN playmaker ball handler was introduced to FORCE MJ to change his game & become 24-25 PPG SG......MJ attacked back with "post-up fallaways, fadeaways" Jumper's & still got to 32 PPG.
MJ's scoring insticts NEVER changed despite EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFENSE introduced by Phil Jackson.
You honestly think introducing Wade into Bulls line up will cause MJ to loose SCORING TITLES.
Who cares if it would or wouldn't? You act as if scoring is the undisputed most valuable skillset for being a basketball player. Michael Jordan can't shine Wilt Chamberlain's shoes as a scorer. It doesn't matter. That's not the be all end all of being a great player.