Chris Broussard: “I’m firmly convinced that if Michael Jordan were playing today he would average 40 points a game. That’s not a slight on today’s game, and I think these players are more athletic, they shoot it better, and they handle the ball better than ever… But Jordan attacked the lane relentlessly when you would get hammered, and he kept going back again and again. You and I, Rob, have sat at NBA games this season and marveled at how easy it is to get into the lane. Teams run you off the three-point line so it’s easy to get into the mid-range where Jordan is arguably the best mid-range shooter of all time… Jordan would have been scoring at will in the paint, in the mid-range, and he would have practiced the three-pointer just like everybody else and been an above-average three-point shooter… No hand-checking? No hammering guys in the lane? He’d average 40 and I think he’d win championships. Heck he averaged 37 a game in the league when he didn’t even average one three-point shot a game. ” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Chris Broussard explain why he thinks Michael Jordan would be even more dominant in today’s NBA, compared to the 80’s and 90’s when he won six NBA Finals, captured 10 scoring titles, and took home 5 league MVP awards.
Check out the audio above as Chris details why he thinks a modern NBA that doesn’t allow hand-checking (banned after 2004), would make it much easier for Jordan to blow past defenders on the perimeter, and into a lane that the rules now strictly protect against hard fouls within.