NBA legend Charles Barkley seems to be of opinion that someone like Michael Jordan would flourish in today’s NBA, which is far different from the league both Barkley and Jordan played in.
Michael Jordan was the best player of his generation, a transcendent NBA star who many consider to be the greatest of all time.
Speaking on a sports talk radio show, Barkley was asked about Jordan’s success if he played in the NBA today.
Barkley said Jordan would be averaging “close to 40 a game” in today’s league, with current set of NBA rules, according to Fox Sports.
Meanwhile, Jordan averaged 37.1 points per game in 1987 by averaging 13.4 shots a game, 10.2 free throws a game, and attempting only 12 three-pointers for the entire season. That is, Michael Jordan averaged nearly 40 a game in 1987, in a much tougher NBA, with different rules and barely shot any three pointers in the whole season.
Charles Barkley isn’t the only one who believes Jordan would be averaging a lot of points in today’s NBA. This has been going on for a few years already.
Jordan’s former teammate on the Bulls, Horace Grant, said in 2013 that Jordan would probably average about “45 per night”. In 2015, former NBA center Alonzo Mourning who played against Jordan in the same league, said Jordan would go even beyond 40.
“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.”
Jordan didn’t become an NBA champion until early 90s, when his scoring decreased but resulted in better co-op with team, and that brought the Bulls the NBA titles.
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 six National Basketball Association championships with the Chicago Bulls. He 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.
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