Michael Jordan: What If Prime MJ Played In Today’s NBA?

September 19th, 2010 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
Michael Jordan was truly unstoppable in his prime, as he shredded defenses nightly with his remarkable scoring ability.

He would often use his lightning-quick first step to beat defenders off the dribble and then hang in the air for a crowd-pleasing dunk or a "How did he do that?" reverse layup.

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.

In just his second NBA season, 1985-86, Jordan set an NBA playoff record with 63 points. That record still stands today.

The following season, Jordan averaged a mind-boggling 37.1 points per game, a scoring average that no player has reached since. 

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 1980s and early 1990s.

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 ...

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