And his fadeaway jumper was lethal. It's a wonder why players would even try to defend such a shot, since they knew they would get burned almost every time.
That record still stands today. The following season, Jordan averaged a mind-boggling One of the most fascinating things about Jordan is that he was able to put up big-time numbers despite playing in a very physical s and early s.
Back in that era, hand checking was allowed, meaning defenders could place their hands on opponents to make it difficult to get off a shot. Also, defenders could camp in the paint and not be called for a three-second violation.
Today, rough and physical defense is no longer allowed so that players can have more opportunities to score. Current Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown said if Jordan played in the league now, he would average 50 points per game. Jordan was a great scorer, but saying he would put up 50 a game is giving him a little too much credit.
How many points would Michael Jordan average in todays NBA?
Without a doubt, people wouldn't be debating about whether Kobe Bryant or LeBron James was the best player in the NBA, since everybody would know Jordan was clearly the top dog. Jordan would lead the league in scoring every year with around 40 points per game. If he put up 30 a night when he was in his prime, there's no reason to believe that he couldn't average 40 in today's unphysical NBA. Could Jordan do the unthinkable and score 81 like Bryant did? Jordan just might have scored , surpassing Wilt Chamberlain's record by one point.
Okay, that's extremely unrealistic, however, Jordan would have matched Kobe's 81 at some point. Prime Jordan vs. So getting to the lane used to be more difficult, and finishing was harder when you got there, but Jordan still averaged more points per game while shooting a high percentage and being an effective passer. Jordan was a great on-ball and help defender who like LeBron could steal and block shots.
He and LeBron are both great all-around defensive players, but Jordan played elite consequential defense more often.
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There are probably more wings who can really score than there used to be, but there were always athletic wings his size he had to score on for example Bryon Russell, Clyde Drexler, etc. The Spurs were not otherwise they would have beaten the Heat in , too , and Jordan never lost to a team like the Mavs in the Finals.
Jordan beat them all with one multi-year all-star by his side. Nice accomplishment but greatly overblown. Dennis Rodman made the Hall of Fame thanks in no small part to his years with Jordan , but he was a one-dimensional player they had to make up for on offense. Meanwhile, Chris Bosh and Kevin Love were both point scorers who spent multiple seasons as franchise players before taking a backseat to LeBron. Those guys are all multi-talented, do-it-all players, who are even bigger than LeBron, and one or more of them could end up doing similar things over the next 10 years.
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