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Michael Jordan Would Not Average 40 PPG In Today’s NBA

Michael Jordan, hands down, is the greatest basketball player of all-time. As a matter of fact, I believe that Jordan is the greatest athlete ever.

His resume speaks for itself, he has done it all multiple times, with perfection. Jordan was the most unstoppable force in NBA history and the greatest scorer ever. 
However as great as he was, even if you took Jordan in his prime and put him in today’s NBA, he would not be as dominant as he was in his era and he would NOT average 40-45 PPG like many analysts and former players have been saying these past few years. This notion that Jordan would totally bully today’s NBA by averaging 45 PPG is ridiculous, straight up ignorant and laughable. Michael Jordan would not destroy today’s NBA the way many think he would. Times have changed.

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Michael Jordan was ahead of his time. There wasn’t a player that came in Jordan’s way during his time in the NBA that could stop him, he was just too good. Jordan was a scoring machine; throughout his NBA career he scored 32,292 points(4th all-time) in just 1072 career games, he won 10 scoring titles(most ever won by a player) and had a career scoring average of 30.1 PPG (first all-time). Jordan once averaged 37.1 PPG in a 82 game season in which he played in every game! Throughout his playoff career (179 games), Jordan averaged 33.4 PPG which is also first all-time. In the 1993 NBA Finals Michael Jordan averaged 41.0 PPG. The numbers speak for themselves, throughout his career Jordan accomplished so many scoring feats that are still untouched, this man was literally unstoppable.

Could Jordan put up these type of numbers in today’s NBA? Definitely! But not more than this. To say he could do more than this in today’s era is stupid.

The main argument people make as to why MJ would just annihilate defenses and torch teams for 40 a night is that Jordan played in a much tougher era and still managed to put up those insane numbers. Players that played in the late 80’s and 90’s claim that playing in those days was a war zone and you could hand check and rough an opponent up without getting called for it. They say it was just much tougher to score points and players had to make adjustments.

New rules that have come into play since the early 2000’s don’t allow that style of play anymore and as Kobe Bryant said to Floyd Mayweather in a convo last week “You can’t touch a motherf*cker” in today’s NBA without getting called for it. Jordan had to go through the “Bad Boy” Pistons that designed special defenses to stop him called the “Jordan Rules” and they made Jordan’s path to the hoop HELL. But, he kept coming back at them, there was no “hand check rule” in the 90’s so players could put their hand on a players body to check them and not get called for it.

It was much more rough in that era indeed, but lets not pretend like it was a football game.

How much difference can a hand really make? This whole “you could rough a player up in the 90’s, hand check rule etc..” is the only argument these people that claim Jordan would drop 45 a night present. There is an automatic bias from players and journalists that were in the prime of their life at the same time Jordan was on top of the world. Players and most importantly teammates of Jordan’s that played in the 90’s will automatically favor the leader of their era and at times make him more untouchable than he was. It makes sense though. When its all said and done who doesn’t want to look back at their career and be someone who played in the “best” or “toughest” era, when will we ever hear a retired basketball player say “My era was okay, it wasn’t as tough” ? These are all competitive dudes and they take pride in their careers/legacies. So don’t be fooled by their personal opinion, there is a lot of bias there.

This bias grows even stronger with teammates of Jordan’s and journalists like Skip Bayless who’s job was to cover Michael Jordan every day of his career. They got to see Mike everyday in practices, shoot around’s, games, workouts etc.. so they know him better than most people would, but they do tend to get a little crazy over him. Jordan had them in awe throughout his career but the attachment they developed to him has led them to state some crazy things.

Skip Bayless, with a straight face, once said “Jordan could score 200 points in today’s NBA if he wanted to”, other journalists and players have comfortably said he would score 100 today, Jordan’s sidekick Scottie Pippen said “Michael would average 50” , Horace Grant said “Jordan would average 45” and now Alonzo Mourning echoes their statement with “If Michael played today, he would average 50 points a game”.

NO! This is not true at all, some of these things that are being said are just insane.

What people don’t understand and what people that have never really played basketball at any level let alone a high level like the NBA don’t understand is that the one of most important factors in a basketball players abilities is their athleticism. Majority of the time, before a player is great at their sport, they have great athletic ability and athletic potential and that it is why they go onto to do great things on a basketball court or football field. Today’s NBA players are athletic FREAKS, they are much bigger, faster, stronger, quicker and just more explosive than the players in the 80’s/90’s. Today’s players are more muscular, have lower body fat percentages and are much more conditioned than the players from Jordan’s era.

What people fail to understand is that Michael Jordan was ahead of his time, he had a killer first step, he had this amazing ability to just hang in the air, he was bigger and he was stronger than his opponents and that is why he was as dominant as he was. Jordan had an advantage over players because at the time there was not another player in the NBA that could come close to the athleticism of Michael Jordan. He was naturally gifted, he toyed with everyone because he had the quickness to blow past his defender, he had the strength to back down and bully his defenders in the post, he had the hang time and vertical leap to rise over defenses and finish above the rim.

A lot of Jordan’s points came in the paint. When you are quicker and stronger than everyone, you can attack the rim which leads to higher percentage shots and more free throw attempts. As rough as some say the 90’s style of play was, Michael Jordan still managed to get to the line eight times per game for his career, which is identical to LeBron James and Kobe Bryant who also average eight trips to the line for their career. It is simple, the most athletic stars get to the line.

Players were athletic in the 90’s no doubt, but they were no where near as athletics as today’s players are. There was not a single guard during Jordan’s era outside of maybe Clyde Drexler that had the ability to jump 40 inches like him and slide laterally and move around on the court as quick as a cat. No perimeter player possessed anywhere near the strength levels of Jordan either.

In his day, Mike was just always a step ahead of his opponents.

Whats crazy is that players didn’t even take training seriously in that time. Players back then didn’t know what strength and conditioning was, they weren’t gym rats like today’s players, a lot of them didn’t lift at all!
Staying in shape for an NBA season back then meant having a lot of “stamina”, which meant you were working on your physique if you were going for long distance runs, there was no real emphasis on improving athletic performance. Jordan however, always a step ahead of everyone, in 1989 started to work with his trainer Tim Grover on strength training. Grover’s strength and conditioning regimes took Jordan’s game to another level and he kept getting better while the rest of the league was still wondering “How did MJ just do that”?

So think about it, Michael Jordan started training in 1989-90 which was at the age of 25! That is considered really late in today’s day and age, players that are in the NBA have been on strength and conditioning programs since they were 14 years old! High school players are bigger, stronger, faster and have much better endurance levels than some of the NBA players in the 80’s/90’s did and it is because for almost over a decade now, big time high school programs across North America have made sure that their players are in the weight room early and are working with strength and conditioning coaches throughout the year to improve their athleticism; doing plyometric work, strength training, power training, corrective stretching/recovery and are eating much better. This stuff didn’t exist back then.

Every movement that is made in today’s NBA is quicker, harder and stronger than it was in Jordan’s day and age and that is because of the athleticism of the players. Whether a player is making a cut to the basket or defensively sliding to stay in front of an offensive player, every single movement in today’s NBA is faster and stronger. The reason you can’t really tell just exactly how quick, fast and explosive today’s players are or be able to compare the level of the athleticism to that of the 90’s is because the overall level of athleticism has increased so much in the NBA. All the players are strong and quick as hell and that is because strength and conditioning is a huge priority in the new age NBA. These players are all freaks and they are going against other guys who are just as freakishly athletic, Jordan’s era didn’t have this.

If Jordan were playing today, there is no way he would be able to average 40 PPG let alone 35 because his athletic ability as amazing as it was, wouldn’t be insanely better than the rest of the guards and small forwards guarding him like it was in his era.

Jordan would not be able to blow by defenders as easy as he would in his era, today’s young guards in the league have incredible foot speed and lateral agility, on top of that they have the strength and muscle to not get pushed around by Mike. When Jordan would get by his opponent, he would meet much more athletic big men at the rim like Dwight Howard, JaValee McGee, Tyson Chandler and Roy Hibbert, all these guys are extremely mobile compared to the NBA’s top big men in Jordan’s era like Patrick Ewing, Hakeem and Charles Barkley. Though these guys were better basketball players, they weren’t the same athletes as today’s big men who would be able to alter Jordan’s shots and make life a bit harder at the rim. Jordan would still get his no doubt, but it wouldn’t be something that Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, James Harden and LeBron James couldn’t do.

Technology has evolved so much and that is the reason today’s players are as athletic as they are. There is a higher emphasis in sports on strength and conditioning and there is much more knowledge about this than there was when Jordan was playing. Players are educated on how to train, they take pride in training, and they work their ass off.

Today’s athletes recover faster from these workouts, and it shows in their performance. The NBA draft combine has become serious stuff, players are tested on their strength lifts, vertical leap and agility, a lot of the players coming into the NBA are required to have an “NBA Body” and that means having high levels of relative strength and explosiveness, muscular endurance and lower levels of body fat. Take a look at a player in today’s NBA, they just look like freakish athletes.

Take a look at some of the premier guards and forwards from Jordan’s era. A lot of these guys at one time or another had to guard Jordan. In today’s NBA these guys would have a hard time being effective and argument can be made that some of them wouldn’t even make a roster, because physically they just wouldn’t be anywhere near the level of the athletes in today’s day.

Jordans Era

John Stockton, Mark Price, Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller, Craig Ehlo, John Starks, Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Joe Dumars and Chris Mullin… could any of these guys make an impact in today’s athletic-strong NBA?

However, we do not to take anything away from Jordan’s era. These guys were great basketball players and were more skilled than a lot of the NBA players today. Physically they weren’t a joke either, Jordan’s competition in his era weren’t all physical beasts but there was a few true athletic beasts that were also ahead of their time. Dominque Wilkins had a 42 inch vertical and was second to Jordan in scoring many times, he had many seasons in which he averaged 28-30 ppg, Karl Malone was a physical specimen that won an MVP when Mike left and Shawn Kemp was pretty much the Blake Griffin of Jordan’s era.

Old School Era

As Jordan exited the league many athletic freaks that were inspired by him had worked hard to expand their god given talent. Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury were some of the big name from the first crop of athletic freaks we saw of the post Jordan era. These guys could jump out of the gym, were explosive as shit and lightning quick. They were also strong.

If you took an explosive athlete like an in his prime Vince Carter or Tracy McGrady and put them in Jordan’s era, they would be some of the best players in the league at that time. Their athleticism, combined with their height and strength would make the game so much easier for them, they would get to the rim easier and finish stronger. As rough as the 90’s were, there is no way you can tell me that a “hand check” was going to stop an his prime Vince Carter, T-Mac, Kobe or Allen Iverson from getting to the rim just as easy as Mike did. Hand checking and even straight up grappling cant stop an explosive/quick first step from a strong athlete. These dudes could match the levels of athleticism that Jordan possessed and would even contain him better if they were to guard him.

As a matter of fact, these explosive and dominant athletes like Shaq, Vince, Tracy, Kobe, KG and AI were the reason the zone defenses were legalized in the NBA in the 2001-02 season. They were so athletic that it was becoming unfair, so the zone was allowed again. Keep in mind, zone defenses slow the game down quite a bit, it forces you to play a team game and take a lot of outside jumpers. Jordan would have a hard time trying to score 35-40 a night if zone defenses like the one the Dallas Mavericks played on LeBron James in the 2011 NBA Finals were allowed in his era. MJ would spend a lot of time passing the ball around and the pace of the game would just be a lot slower. Both teams would score less points which would mean Jordan would have to score over 50% of the teams points on some nights if he were to drop 40-45 a night like many say he could.

Though Michael was great enough to rip through any defense it is just unrealistic to say he’d score a 100 points in today’s NBA. Teams just wouldn’t allow it. Jordan was a career 32.7% three point shooter which is lower than the percentages of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, on top of that Jordan only attempted 1.7 3pt shots per game for his career, he would have to rely heavily on his outside shooting if these defenses that are designed to shut down superstars were put in place against him during his era. Would Mike be comfortable having to shoot the three ball up to six times a game on some nights? How would it affect his numbers?

As the years went on post Jordan, the level of athleticism grew even more, you could notice that players coming in were much bigger and leaner than those 90’s players. The next crop of explosive athletes was lead by beasts like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala and Amare Stoudemire and a lot of the new players in those drafts that weren’t great basketball players, were just super athletic.

The league was getting much faster and stronger and this was changing the way games were played. There is no way you can tell me that an in his prime Dwyane Wade could not dominate in Jordan’s era either. Wade had a 35+ inch vertical, he is muscular, strong and had a killer first step that only Jordan would be able to contain. D-Wade would rip through the defenses and get to the hoop with ease, he would bully defenders in the 80’s/90’s the same way his idol did.

As mentally tough as they say those players in Jordan’s era were, you just can’t stop physical dominance. The athletic ability and overall strength of today’s players would break the spirit of some players in MJ’s era.

Kobe Bryant who many say is the closest player to Jordan averaged 35 ppg at the peak of his ability in 2005-06, he was noticeably more quicker and explosive than his opponents so you had to pick your poison: Either guard Kobe close and let him go past you or sag off him and let him shoot. Bryant would not miss if he was left open. Don’t let Kobe’s shooting percentages fool you, he is a sharpshooter. Bryant was not afraid to take tough shots and force the issue, he attempts four 3 point attempts per game for his career and that is a big reason as to why he shoots 45 percent for his career as opposed to Jordan who shot 50 percent. If Kobe was in his prime in the 80’s/90’s he would be getting to the hoop a lot more which would lead to higher percentage shots.

(We will get to LeBron James in a bit…)

Jordan was the same way as Kobe in his prime in the sense that you had to pick your poison, Jordan had a lightning quick first step and a lot of upper body strength so once he got past you and in front of you, defenders would just bounce off his body. Would Michael have it this easy today? Almost all premier defenders in the league that would have the assignment of guarding Michael Jordan are built muscularly, they are strong, quick and explosive, therefore they wouldn’t be getting ran through as easily as Jordan ran through opponents in his era.

Fast forward to 2013 and the level of athleticism is insane, teams run and gun like never before, the pace is much faster, players are physically just bigger, stronger and faster than the players of a decade ago let alone 20 years ago and you can see it. There are guards that have near 40 inch verticals and are built like beasts, they can jump out of the gym and blow past defenders, but at the same time they can body their man up. Point guards like Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook would destroy the guards in the 80’/90’s just off of their athleticism, the only three guards that would be able to keep up physically would be Penny Hardaway, Tim Hardaway and Gary Payton.

New Age

This era is full of athletic beasts, these guys would physically dominate the players of the 90’s.

Todays NBA is the most athletic era the leauge has seen: Kawhi Leonard, Monta Ellis, John Wall, Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Dwight Howard, Harrison Barnes, Andre Igouadala, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, DeMar Derozan, Rudy Gay, Paul George, Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, DeAndre Jordan, JR Smith, Tyson Chandler, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Serge Ibaka are all premier or star players in the NBA and all of them are freakishly athletic. These are just the the main players on teams, lets not forget the league is full of guys that are great athletes but not great basketball players yet (at the NBA level), therefore we don’t hear or see much of them.

Than there is LeBron James.

LeBron James Jacked

The biggest beast in the history of the NBA: 6-8, 250 lbs with a 7 foot wingspan…a 44 inch vertical leap, 40 yard dash time: 4.6 seconds (without being trained). Bigger, stronger and faster than every player in the NBA. The 4-time NBA MVP and former scoring champion, James has career average 27.6 PPG and 7.0 APG, he plays a very team orientated game and could probably average 35 ppg in today’s era if he really wanted to. James gets to the rim with ease and finishes thunderous dunks over defenders in today’s NBA but the damage James would do in Jordan’s era is just scary. Never has there been a player with the combo of the speed, size and strength James has.

LeBron would destroy defenders in Jordan’s era. He would be two steps ahead, he would run through defenders and over the big men. He would score at will and would take games over with his athletic ability. There are only two players that would have a chance at stopping him or containing him and that is Michael Jordan and his Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen. James who was an All-American wide receiver in high school would not be shook by the “hand checking” in the NBA and would probably thrive off it. He gets grappled on his drives to the hoop in today’s NBA by bigger, stronger, faster players so I don’t think the 80’s/90’s guys would affect him.

James would definitely win scoring titles in that era and would be competing with Michael as the top star in the game. The two most physically gifted stars in the history of the NBA going against each other would be something special to watch. James could post Michael up, go past him and finish over him and defensively he would be longer, stronger and would body Jordan up. Of course, Mike would have a mental edge over James, he would be quicker laterally on his feet and would do just as good a job on James defensively. It would always come down to who could create and make the tough shots.

But I still believe James would dominate Jordan’s era more than he dominates his own era currently.

Another reason it is silly to say Jordan would average near 40 points per game in today’s era, is because no teammates or coaches would really let him. The game has changed tremendously since Michael left the league, as a matter of fact its changed so much just in the past five years. We are in a “super team era” every elite team in the NBA has at least 1-2 All-Stars and a third member of the team who is a candidate, each of these players are payed big time money and all of them are doing the best they can to endorse their own individual brands and make the most money they possibly can. These players work tremendously hard in the off season and though they know their roles, they won’t go out of their way or take a step down to anyone.

Nobody would allow Michael to take 25-30 shots a night to try and score 40-45 ppg, it would be disrespect to the fellow All-Atars/Star on the teams, the rest of Jordan’s teammates, coaches, and most importantly, disrespectful to the game of basketball.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and now James Harden and Dwight Howard are the top 1-2 combos in the league and they all get their respective stats while sharing with another superstar. They also rack up wins and sell sneakers and jerseys. If Kevin Durant hogged the ball from Russell Westbrook it would be a disaster because Westbrook would not be happy and would probably be traded away. The same goes for the Miami Heat. I can bet they wouldn’t win two NBA championships if Wade was worried about making himself look good.

The point here is that even though Michael had the ability to average 40 in today’s NBA he wouldn’t be allowed to. He wouldn’t be given the green light to take every single shot and if he truly wanted to win than he would have another star or two with him that would want his share of the shine as well. We are in the digital era, if Jordan played in today’s era and hogged the ball to have 40 point games he would be bashed by the media. The top stars in the NBA go through major scrutiny, and though we love scorers, its clearly noticeable when someone is a selfish player and this leads to angry teammates, coaches, fans and is a bad look for a player these days.

The NBA has come a long way since Jordan’s era and it is only getting better, strength and conditioning training has created better and healthier athletes…when I say “better athletes” I don’t just mean guys who can do nice dunks and make the highlight reel I mean players that are more mobile, more explosive, have better reaction times, better hand eye co-ordination, jump higher, quicker off the dribble, quicker laterally, run faster, are bigger and stronger and more conditioned. This has changed the game tremendously, there aren’t very many players in a starting line up in the NBA that aren’t GREAT athletes.

The league has evolved.

Guard play in the NBA has improved a lot. We are currently in the golden era of point guards with guys like Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and Tony Parker. The back courts in the NBA have never been this talented. Jordan would most likely be the top shooting guard in today’s era followed by Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and James Harden but the competition would be a lot tougher.

The fact of the matter is, Michael Jordan was 20 years ahead of his time and would still dominate the NBA today but it wouldn’t be like the 90’s when he was unchallenged, he would be at the top of the league alongside LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. It would be interesting to see how much a more athletic NBA, zone defenses and playing alongside another superstar would change Jordan’s game up.

I don’t think Jordan would win the scoring title each and every year like he did in his era, I don’t think he’d be MVP every year like he was in his era, nor do I think he would win all the championships in today’s era because LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and now Kevin Durant would also all be in the hunt.

But one thing is for sure, Michael Jordan would not average 35-45 PPG in today’s NBA. He is the greatest of all-time no doubt and the fact that this is even a question shows just how great this guy was, but that is just extremely hard to do in any era, let alone today’s NBA. To say that he could do these things is silly.

The game has changed but remember who changed it first; Michael Jordan did and along the way he inspired a generation. The kids that watched Jordan dominate in his era are now superstars in today’s NBA, they all wanted to be like Mike in the 80’s/90’s and they worked extremely hard to be the best they could be, and now these players like LeBron, Kobe and even Durant find them selves trying to chase Jordan’s legacy. That will be a tough task.

Don’t let these foolish statements like “Jordan would average 50” or “He’d score 200:)” fool you. These things that are being said are just disrespectful to the game of basketball and today’s players.

Michael Jordan is the greatest ever but everyone has a limit and Jordan maxed that limit out. As of today there is no more higher he or anyone can really go.

We can compare and imagine all we want about how Jordan would be in today’s NBA, but, the truth is, it doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day, Michael Jordan’s only competition ever, was himself.

Ekam. N

13 Comments

  1. Lee

    June 15, 2014 at 5:36 am

    U forget one thing. Athleticism isnt everything. Pls how in 2001-2003 in a more athletic league at age 40, granted not with the consistency as younger, but mj could still school kids? Mj schooled oj mayo at age 50! Abt smarts, pump fakes, all the tricks and weapons plus confidence + will. Lbj faster than mj?!?! Have u seen some of the games from when mj was 25-30???

  2. Bball fan

    November 18, 2014 at 7:14 am

    If we follow the line of thinking, then it means all the great players then are average today.
    Talent and heart are immeasurable. Bigger, stronger amd faster athletes does not make great players.

    Babe Ruth arguably the best ever at his game. But…

  3. Bernard Moon

    May 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    This is a pretty dumb counter. Just look at Reggie Miller and Sam Cassell in their upper 30s still scoring at times over 30 points in a game. It didn’t matter if today’s players were supposedly stronger and quicker, they still schooled them because they knew how to play the game better. Cassell’s answer was more straight-forward when asked after a 38 point game. He said today’s players don’t know how to play defense.

  4. k

    July 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

    You have good points. I dont know if Michael Jordan would average 40ppg today, but lets not discredit players of the past. It seems you didnt see Reggie Miller or Joe Dumars guard Michael Jordan. Also, Stockton, as fragile as he looks was as dirty a player as it gets, slapping arms with gusto, how do you think he is the all time leader in steals?

    I saw Larry Bird pump fake all of the athletic freaks of his era, i see no reason why he wouldn´t be able to do it today.

    • ryan

      July 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Yes..and all of those players who guarded Jordan were allowed to hand check. Hand checking is illegal in today’s game. That’s one of the biggest differences.

      Yes, 50 ppg is a reach. Maybe 45ppg in his 86′-88′ seasons where he averaged 37 and 35. Jordan consistently averaged above 30ppg in 8 NBA seasons. At a very modest standpoint he would average 35-40ppg in todays game at the least.

  5. hey

    February 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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  6. rb Lawson

    March 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Jordan isnt close to being the best basketball player yet the best athelete. Ha he tried to play baseball and failed and tries to play golf but cant make the tour. Think again He had a team behind him that was unselfish. He isnt a very good part owner executive for his BB team Boo. Think outside the box and maybe you’ll see the truth . Fan of the sports.

  7. TJ Hoop dreamer

    April 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    While you were dragging on and mostly wrong, when you said Hakeem Olajuwon wasn’t athletic, I quit reading then.

  8. Chris

    May 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Stopped reading. You are too biased, and maybe even mentally ill.

  9. Dub

    June 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    The author of this article knows so little about hoops, NBA history and sport in general it’s not even funny. Hand Checking and physical play is far from the only reason people think MJ would dominate today.

  10. Jay

    June 17, 2016 at 5:01 am

    I don’t agree with you. Michael Jordan was not only a freak athlete. He was also a freak with the fundamentals. He had footwork, pumpfakes, ball handling, played with and without the ball, shot midrange jumpers, had a great postup game and etc. I’m white and not very athletic and just with my fundamentals and my dribble I beat out alot of athletic guys. I think these days players concentrate mpre on being athletic and forget about the fundamentals. Jordan could play in any era and still be the greatest ever. Cause he was both athletic and maybe the best fundamental player ever. I dont think LeBron would be a good scorer in the 80s and 90s. I think he would have been a good passer but u needed fundamentals to play back in the days.

  11. Alexander Hendricks

    February 21, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I completely agree with the argument for athleticism being the difference. Great argument and comparison for saying Jordan wouldn’t average 50. One more thing to take into account would be the level of skill that players today possess. There are simply better shooters in today’s game, along with players being more athletic. Not that players in the 80s and 90s couldn’t still play, but they would have to adapt, which all great players can do.

  12. Matt

    May 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Hand checking wasn’t just throwing a forearm into a guy’s back, it allowed the defender to dictate where the ball handler could go. Obviously great defensive players mastered this as best they could. Your list of players that you question would make an impact in today’s NBA makes you look completely ignorant. You must be a 90s baby, shit, a late 90s baby at that.

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