When debating which NBA player is the one true GOAT, the name of Kobe Bean Bryant often comes up alongside Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
LeBron and Kobe are proven players from a young age but the question that matters is who has the edge in clutch situations? The clutch time is defined as the last five minutes of an NBA match. Contrary to popular belief, LeBron James is a better clutch performer than Kobe Bryant.
In the clutch period Kobe averaged 3.5 points on 39.3% shooting and 29.2% from deep. He also turned the ball over an average 0.3 times and held a plus-minus of 0.8.
LeBron has been noticeably more efficient in the last five minutes, averaging 3.7 points on 46.8% shooting and 32.5% from downtown. His plus-minus was also well above Kobe’s at 1.46.
The analysis made by 12up notably shows that LeBron James is the more clutch player. Not only did he make more shots in these situations, but he did so in fewer attempts.
At this point in his career, LeBron James has proven that he is a better player than Kobe Bryant was during his career—at any point and as a whole. Keep in mind, LeBron has much more time to further improve his legacy in the league.
NBA fans may not be able to agree on who the greatest of all time is, but they can sure agree that LeBron James is the best ever to play the game.