Can Bulls legend Michael Jordan average 40 points in modern NBA? Allen Iverson thinks so
When asked how many points Jordan would average in today’s NBA, Iverson didn’t hesitate in saying that the Bulls icon would easily dominate and put up 40 or more points night in and night out.
“What’s the most he ever had? 37?” Iverson said in an appearance on Club Shay Shay with Shannon Sharpe. “Alright, so 40. Easy. 40 easy. 40 would be easy for Black Jesus.”
“When I talk about him, it’s different. A lot of times it’s bad because I love him so much. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have the vision. I wouldn’t be the Allen Iverson the basketball player today, if it wasn’t for him. Plus, he was the best for me. ….”
Allen Iverson’s fellow guest in the show, Al Harrington, agreed with the basketball Hall of Famer and pointed out that Michael Jordan already averaged that many points even without the heavy use of 3-pointers. Throughout his career, His Airness attempted just 1.7 triples per game and connected 32.7 percent from it.
There were only three seasons (1989-90, 1995-96, 1996-97) when the Bulls great attempted more than three shots from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the top scorers in each of the past three seasons in the NBA averaged more than 12 attempts per contest. Imagine how much more MJ could have scored had he utilized the long distance bomb like it is being used today.
True enough, Jordan is one of the best scorers the league has ever seen, and it is not an exaggeration to say that the former Bulls superstar would have been able to dominate offensively in this era of basketball. Unfortunately, fans could only imagine what a treat it would have been.