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Who's the G.O.A.T. in the NBA? A Sportscasters Camp Debate

When he was drafted out of high school LeBron James was declared "the chosen one". He was the next Michael Jordan. This week the Summer Enrichment Academy is taking place at Bellefontaine High School and our 10th annual WPKO Sportscasters Camp is debating the question that a lot of fans are talking about.  Who is the greatest to play the game of basketball..Michael or LeBron.  Our young sports journalists divided in to two teams to argue which player deserves the title of G.O.A.T.

The Michael Jordan argument (presented by Jace Kauffman, Lukas Wisener, Kylee Boggs, Tyler Roberts, Nathan Harmon, Quinn Allmon & Carisse Comstock) 

Jordan has 6 rings and LeBron has 3

Jordan was 6-0 in finals appearances while LeBron is 3-5

Jordan never went to a game 7 in his finals history

Finals MVP's: Jordan 6; LBJ 3

Season MVP's: Jordan 5; LBJ 4

All Defensive 1st NBA: Jordan 9x; LBJ 3

Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan 1x; LBJ 0

Points per game career avg.: Jordan 30.1; James 27.1

Points per game in the playoffs career avg.: Jordan 33.4; James 28.4

Total Points Scored: Jordan 32,292 (15 seasons); James 28,787 (14 seasons)

Free Throw %: Jordan .835; James .740

Total Steals in career: Jordan 2,514; James 1,749

The LeBron James argument (presented by Gage Scott, Alex Crabill, Zach Horvath, Connor Whitt, AJ Savage, Scott Wilkinson, Sam Moreland, & Truman Howell)

LeBron has played in 8 straight NBA Finals; Jordan only played in 6 total

Lebron is the first player to average a triple-double in finals history

LeBron has won titles with 2 teams (Heat & Cavs); Jordan only won with the Bulls

LeBron has made All NBA 1st team 11x; Jordan 10x

LeBron has better all-around numbers: 2,000 more assists than Jordan; rebounds per game 7.3 for James and 6.2 for Jordan

Field Goal %: James .501; Jordan .497

3-point %: James .342; Jordan .327

Playoff total points scored: James 6,163: Jordan 5,987

The Sportscasters Camp runs all week as the campers will be debating sports topics, learning how to do play-by-play and much more.  They will broadcast a local baseball game Thursday night at 6:00 from Blue Jacket Park.  On Friday morning they will host a 1-hour sports talk show on WBLL from 10:00-11:00.

We encourage open dialogue among people who may disagree. Difficult conversations must be had sometimes to make progress. If you disagree, please disagree respectfully. Cruelty will not be tolerated. This is a family friendly group.
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