|Oscar Robertson||Michael Jordan|
|Number of times finished in the top 5 in scoring average||9||11|
|Number of times finished in the top 10 in rebounds||1||0|
|Number of times finished in the top 10 in assists||12||1|
|Number of times finished in the top 10 in free throw %||8||0|
|Number of times led the league in ppg||1||10|
|Number of times led the league in apg||7||0|
|Number of times led the league in ft%||2||0|
|Career Triple Doubles||181||30|
|Best season||30.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 11.4 apg
|32.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 8.0 apg
Oscar Robertson Oscar Robertson was simply the most complete player in basketball history. In his first season as a pro, he averaged 30.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg, and 9.7 apg. (Jordan averaged 28.2, 6.5, and 5.9). Over the course of his first five seasons Robertson AVERAGED a triple-double. Triple-double games were not recorded when Robertson played. It was another day at the office for him. This perfectly illustrates the difference between Robertson and Jordan. The media made a big deal out of Jordan having the first (recorded) triple-double in All-Star history, just like they make a big deal out of Jason Kidds 7-or so triple-doubles he has each year. For Robertson, he didnt need to have an extra assists to reach 10, to have that "triple-double," because it wasnt a big deal. Back then, fans recognized greatness by one's play, and not because a guy has 10 assists, 10 rebounds, and 10 points. Furthermore, Robertson didnt simply have triple-doubles of the Jason Kidd 10-10-10 variety. No, he had man-sized triple-doubles. His triple-doubles were on the order of 30-11-10. In 1962, he finished in the top 10 in rebounds, something Jordan never did, nor came close to doing. Robertson led the league in assists 5 out of his first 6 years, and finished in the top 10 11 out of his 13 years. The only times he missed was because injuries kept him from getting the minimum needed to qualify. Jordan never led the league in assists and only finished in the top 10 one time. In 1968, Oscar became the only player in history to lead the league in ppg, apg, and ft%.in the same season.
Defensively, when Robertson played, there was no defensive player of the year award, and the all-defensive team was introduced after he was out of his prime, but he had a reputation as a first-rate defender. There simply was no weakness to his game. He is far, far, more complete than Michael Jordan. The facts speak for themselves.
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