Re: peak Bird vs peak Lebron
Peak vs Peak
Bird's three year peak was among the best in the game. Lebron is just starting to peak or could be in his second year? I have Bird ahead in peak vs peak by a slight margin. But I already have Lebron ahead in prime vs prime.
On passing its very close, primarily because of Lebron's speed and ability to play a much faster game. A guy making split second decision passes is operating at a higher level. Most of us can drive a car fast, but a race car driver that doesn't make great split decisions won't finish the race - so its definitely a factor. Lebron and Wade are the greatest passing duo ever - they have a super low risk factor despite aggressive play. And Lebron is one of a few that can make cross court passes consistently - not a big factor but a small one worth noting. Both are at elite levels. To close to call.
IMO, Lebron would have outplayed Bird. I'm basing that on James Worthy's play vs Bird in their day. Bird outplayed James but they were close in play. Worthy's main attribute was speed. He was pretty much a one dimensional player without the speed, strength, coordination, penetrating, versatility, quickness of thought, passing, rebounding, defending, instincts or even scoring ability that Lebron had.