Former NBA center Alonzo Mourning believes Michael Jordan today would stand above all the other players in the league, at least scoring wise.
“If Michael played today, he would probably average almost 50 [points] per game,” Mourning said on Fox Sports.
“He really would, because you wouldn’t be able to touch him on the perimeter, so he would be shooting a ton of free throws,” Mourning said.
A six-time NBA champion, Jordan earned fame and fortune on the basketball court, as well as through endorsements and movies. The Hall of Fame player won the NBA Most Valuable Player award five times and was named an all-star 14 times.
His on-court success and commercial endorsements have made him one of the most recognizable and prosperous athletes in the United States. Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest.
Speaking about the “Jordan-LeBron” comparison, Alonzo Mourning said the two superstars play in two completely different leagues.
“It’s not the same game,” Mourning said. “I would’ve loved to see LeBron play in the early 90’s, late 80’s.”
Mourning himself was a seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time defensive player of the year who was among the league’s best shot-blockers. Mourning averaged NBA’s best 3.9 and 3.7 blocks per game in 1998-99 and 99-00 seasons. Mourning averaged over 3.5 blocks per game in four NBA seasons. He holds career average of 2.8 blocks per game.
He played in 838 games (686 started), averaging 17.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.8 bpg in 31 minutes of playing time in the NBA. He was named a defensive player of the year 2 times, an All-Star 7 times, and won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.
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