One weakness in the argument for Jordan being the better player is that he faced less competition when he played basketball. When comparing each player’s years in terms of playoff competition, James faced tougher competition in seven of his postseasons compared to Jordan, who faced harder competition five times. Although LeBron may have played against better whole teams, Jordan faced much more talented individual players. James played against all-time greats such as Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant. Jordan, on the other hand, played against future hall-of-famers such as Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Isiah Thomas, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton, and Shawn Kemp in the playoffs. Jordan almost always had a tougher path to the NBA Finals during the first three rounds of the playoffs. This is because there were less teams at this time in the NBA, so talent was more evenly-distributed among teams. In LeBron’s era, however, teams began to move players more often and create ‘super-teams.’ Because of this, James faced much more competition once he reached the NBA Finals when he played teams such as the Golden State Warriors, who had four NBA all-stars on the team. In fact, if you took the thirteen teams that Jordan and LeBron faced in the NBA Finals, LeBron would have faced six of the top eight teams. (Lynch).