Not taking anything away from Wilt. Wilt is an all time great and easy top 4 all time center.
But comparing his greatness of his era to MJs greatness of his era, MJ gets the nod.
If you're the greatest high school team, that doesn't surpass being a great collegiate team. Higher level of play equates to more kudos if you're great on a higher level.
It’s a slippery slope though. I don’t think you can deny the overall skill today is better than it was in the 80’s and 90’s. I mean there was nobody like Kevin Durant 20 years ago. Quite honestly, there was no one like LeBron either.
How much more skilled is the game today? 5%?. Take away 5% of Jordan’s greatness and he’s no longer Jordan.
Lebron literally entered the league one year after Jordan retired. Lets not act like the game evolved so much from Jordan to Lebron's era. Some yeah, but not to the level your post makes it out to be.
The difference in Wilt and Jordan’s era is two things. Level of skill, and of $tyle of play. The difference between Jordan and Lebron’s era, isn’t skill but moreso of $tyle of play. Lebron can almost dunk from the free throw line. He’s no more athletic than Jordan was.
Lebron can shoot 3’s, so could Jordan. The differences mostly is that FG% has gone up significantly around 2010s, and in my opinion that’s a correlation to teams using their bench a lot more than what they used to. This translates to higher pace with still fresh athletes. Less tired athletes equals less short shots. Bigs could shoot 3’s when Jordan played, but the main difference between then and now is you have a considerable more amount of bigs who can shoot 3’s.
Cross overs aren’t being done in a new way. Screens are still the same. Rotations and more bench use is what’s evolved the most. In my old school mindset, I don’t like it. I like the best players playing the most minutes, but honestly the recent research I’ve done, it does seem to appear that the efficiency has been going up in modern b-ball.