Horace Grant believes Michael Jordan would average 45 ppg in today’s NBA


horace-grant-jordan-bullsWhile in Rio as NBA’s ambassador, ex-Bulls forward Horace Grant said that Michael Jordan would score about 45 per night in today’s NBA, Chicago Tribune reported.

Grant also disagreed with his ex-Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen’s belief that LeBron James could be the best of all time.

Grant smiled when he was asked if the Miami Heat could compete with his Bulls’ teams.

“We would’ve kicked their (butts),” he said. “The rules have changed so much from our days and the Heat’s days. It was more physical back then. Today you can run around without getting touched.”

Speaking of Jordan, Grant’s former teammate and close friend, Scottie Pippen, created a stir in 2011 when he called Jordan the greatest scorer ever, but…

“I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will but he keeps everybody involved,’ Pippen told ESPN Radio then.

Pippen later tried to clarify his comments.

“Scottie was really drinking that day when he said that,’ Grant said, drawing laughter. “You can’t compare anybody to Michael. You can compare, but Michael is the best player I’ve ever seen or ever played against.”

“Not taking anything away from Kobe (Bryant) or Lebron or Carmelo (Anthony) or even DRose, but wait until those guys get through playing. Then you can say compare the two careers,” Grant added.

Grant spent 17 seasons in the NBA, playing for Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics and Los Angeles Lakers. He won four NBA titles – three with Chicago Bulls and one with LA Lakers.

In his 1165 games (1037 started) in the league, Grant averaged 11.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 1.0 bpg.

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