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Would Michael Jordan Average 50 Points Per Game If He Played In The NBA In 2015?

Submitted by on March 31, 2015 – 12:03 pmNo Comment

Michael Jordan was obviously a great basketball player back in the 1980s and 1990s. Everyone knows this, and it’s not up for debate. In fact, Jordan was the best NBA player of all time in the eyes of a lot of people. So if he played in the modern era against guys like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant, he would more than hold his own and would likely still be considered the G.O.A.T. But would he be so dominating that he’d be able to average 50 points per game?

During an interview on Katie Nolan‘s Fox Sports show, Garbage Time, on Sunday night, that’s what Alonzo Mourning suggested. He was asked about the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate and responded by saying that he thinks MJ would have no problem putting up 50 points on a nightly basis in 2015. He thinks MJ would be able to average “almost 50″ points per game and do it by getting to the free-throw line over and over and over again during games. The NBA calls a lot more fouls today so, in Mourning’s mind, Jordan would be an even better scorer in 2015 than he was 20 or 25 years ago.

We don’t doubt that MJ would still be as great today as he was in, say, 1995 or 1996. MJ was always the most talented guy on the court during his playing days. But we seriously doubt that he’d be able to average 50 points per game or even that he’d score 50 points routinely. Because while the game of basketball has changed a lot in recent years and while players have been given more opportunities to score the basketball, there’s no way MJ would get away with shooting enough shots to score 50 points on a nightly basis. At best, he’d be criticized for shooting too much and not getting his teammates more involved, much like Kobe Bryant has been criticized in the past. And at worst, he’d get blamed for hogging the ball and not giving his team a better chance to win. So we don’t think there’s any way he’d average 50. It just wouldn’t be possible for him—or any other current player, for that matter—to do.

Do you think MJ could average anywhere close to 50 PPG in 2015?

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