Lebron is a lock down defender when the game is on the line. He's like Jordan and Pippen in the way that his defensive intensity increases in the fourth quarter.
He shut down Paul Pierce and has had DRose launching airballs with the game on the line. Even without the blocks, he's been incredible defensively.
DWade has always been a good defender. He has the speed and athletic ability to challenge shots but he doesn't have the length and size that Lebron has.
Good poll question!
It's kinda' hard to compare being as the defensive rules have changed so much,but I'll go with the GOAT/Scottie.
Yeah, people have to remember this is a different era with different rules. You can never make a totally fair comparison because of that.
But man, can you imagine Lebron being able to handcheck opposing players on the perimeter? That would be tough to say the least.
I would rank them as follows defensively:
Pippen was very long and cat quick. LeBron has played the best defense of his life, but I saw Pippen do that stuff for years. Yes, it was a different set of rules and hard to compare. Anyway, if LeBron continues to play at that level, he might pull up and tie Pippen in my book.
Jordan was better than DWade defensively and offensively...which is saying a whole lot. No question I would prefer having Jordan on my team than DWade at either end of the floor.
So...I think MJ/Pippen has the edge. LeBron though has shown he can play elite level defense and if he keeps that up he will enter the realm of Jordan in terms of greatness. ...and I am no LeBron fan.
Kravitz: why is Roys numbers down this year?
Bird: Well its not Lance stealing his rebounds this year.