Zodiac. You're picking a team from prime players to play in the modern game. Who do you pick first out of LeBron and Jordan? For the advantage in three point shooting and ability to defend each position, I think LeBron has the edge. He's no defensive slouch and can carry a team.
This strikes me as a really questionable point to make:
LeBron looks like he's headed for #2 all-time but he'll never get to Jordan's level.
If LeBron plays another 5 years, and wins it all each time, getting his record to 8-5, is he still at #2? If he knocks off KAJ's scoring total as well? If you're ruling out potentially 5-7 future years, by what metric are you judging them? To never ever lose a Finals series, even if you make it there twice as many times?
Those late 90's Jazz teams were every bit as good as those Spurs teams if not better
1998 Jazz that finished 62-20 obviously had Malone, Hornacek and Stockton. After that, players by games started: Keefe, Foster, Ostertag, Eisley. Russell off the bench. I followed the NBA and I can't even remember Keefe. The Bulls team that year had Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Kukoc, Harper, Longley (11+ PPG) and Kerr.