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Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever. His resume speaks for itself. Jordan has done it all multiple times and he’s undefeated in the NBA Finals. The 10 x scoring champion is still the king of the game, however, over the years some folks have made some ridiculous statements about MJ’s greatness and basically have dismissed the incredible talents and ability of today’s stars.
One of the craziest things we’ve heard is that MJ would average 40 points per game in today’s NBA. We disagree. There are a lot of stars in today’s era but Jordan claims he could destroy them all 1-on-1 in his prime. This has raised some interesting debate over the years.
So we did a little countdown and ranked the top five players that would have a chance and could possibly even beat a prime Michael Jordan in 1-on-1 game.
Rules: 3-dribble-max, possession all the way, game is up to 11 points.
The NBA has never seen a guard as explosive as Russell Westbrook. As far as athleticism goes, he looks way ahead of his time in a league which is loaded with incredible athletes. If there wasn't a "3-dribble max" rule to this game then Westbrook would be way higher on this last, possibly even number one. As good of a defender as Mike was in his prime, there isn't a single player in the history of the NBA that can stop Russell off the dribble, and if his shot starts clicking...it's over.