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Clear proof LeBron benefits from far easier competition than Jordan.
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Put MJ on the 2007 Cavs, and they win the championship
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Put Jordan on the 2011 - 2014 Heat and they have a 4-peat, that's a guarantee. 13 ppg Kawhi Leonard will not explode for 23.7 ppg on 69% on DPOY Jordan like he did against LeBron's weak defense in Games 3-4-5 of the 2014 Finals, and without his huge offensive burst the Spurs will not catch fire like they did in those Finals.
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In the 2007 Finals, LeBron played so poorly that he became the only player to average both under 40% FG and 5+ TOpg in a Finals series, and he was well beyond those requirements.

35.6% FG
69.0% FT
5.75 TOpg

Deron Williams at age 22 put up 26-4-8-2 on 53% against the 2007 Spurs in the WCF with Bowen as his primary defender after only having 17-5-9 on 41% through 2 rounds, so it was far from impossible to light them up.

Despite such a historically poor performance on offense and getting outplayed badly by Tony Parker who lit up LeBron's poor defense (Parker was not a 20 ppg scorer in the season or for the first 3 rounds of the 2007 Playoffs combined), the 4 games were decided by a margin of only 6 ppg.

In the 2008 ECSF the Cavs went 7 games with Boston despite LeBron shooting 35.5% FG with 5.3 TOpg (they also went 7 games against an 8-seed 37-win Hawks team, so they were far from invincible). Even in the 3 Cavs' wins he had poor averages of

24.7 ppg - 7.7 rpg - 9.0 apg on 35.6% FG (21/59) and 4.7 TOpg. The 2008 Cavs had the number 1 playoff defense after adding Ben Wallace later in the season and their regular season defense also improved a lot post-Ben Wallace.

Put 88-98 Jordan on the 2007-2010 Cavs and they have 2-3 rings. The only series that Jordan ever shot under 40%, he still had 30-8-4-2-1 on 43% in the 4 wins of a 5-game series vs the 1997 Heat. and he never had 5+ TOpg in a series. Despite facing 3 sub-90 PPG defenses to Lebron's 1 (2012 Celtics without Bradley who started for first 2 rounds, not even a real sub-90 defense due to a missing starter) and 4 number 1 defenses in PPG allowed to LeBron's 2.

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Big difference between becoming the only team since 87 Lakers to beat two 0.500 or worse teams to make the Finals and the Pistons without Ben Wallace

and facing a legit contender/title team. Put 88-98 Jordan on 07 Cavs and they win the title 
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Put Jordan on the 2008 Cavs next to the #1 Defense thanks to Ben Wallace, and they easily beat the Celtics in 5 or 6 games and go on to win the title. Jordan never played nearly as poorly as LeBron in the 2008 ECSF, yet even with LeBron's poor play they went 7 games with Boston.

In the 3 wins, LeBron averaged 24.7 - 7.7 - 9.0 on 35.5% FG (21/59) with 4.7 TOpg. Even in the 3 wins, he had trash averages. If the 8-seed 37-45 Hawks take Boston to 7 games, Jordan next to Ben Wallace and the #1 Playoff Defense easily wins the title after beating Boston.
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