Wizards’ John Wall makes strong case why Michael Jordan would average 45 points today
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John Wall made the case as to why Jordan would average 45 points per game in the modern era, citing the absence of hand-checking and an affinity for isolation basketball (via Riley Gates of 247 Sports):
“Jordan’s averaging 45 and whatever else he want,” John Wall said. “You can’t touch nobody. You can’t hand-check. No hand-check, you playing (expletive) 6’6 guys at center. The league is totally different. Like, I’m not knocking it, but if you can’t score right now and get a bucket one-on-one, you don’t belong in basketball. That’s what a lot of people pride themselves off of now, just go get a one-on-one bucket now.”
Discussing how successful Jordan would be in today’s NBA has become a frequent topic of conversation for John Wall and others during the airing of “The Last Dance.”
Jordan’s career 30.1 points per game scoring average is still the highest in NBA history. He won 10 scoring titles in his career, including seven straight between 1987 and 1993.
Unlike John Wall, some wonder if Jordan would be just another star in today’s game. The players in the league are more athletic than they have ever been, whereas Jordan’s athleticism was revolutionary during his era.
Alternatively, others–like John Wall–think Jordan would be even more dominant. Jordan shot below 33 percent from beyond the arc during his career, but some feel he would have adapted his game to fit the modern style of play.
Imagining Jordan with a more lethal perimeter game is pretty scary, considering his artistry and deadly post-up game he developed at the end of his career.
Naturally, basketball fans will never know the answer to these questions. Still, that has not stopped even modern stars such as John Wall from speculating.