Jordan: 'I could have scored 100 points' in today's NBA'

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Jordan: 'I could have scored 100 points' in today's NBA'
 

 

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In the buildup to the release of the NBA 2K11 video game, Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan (who is prominently featured in the game, and in the advertising hyping up the game), sat down with USA Today's Game Hunters blog to discuss Michael Jordan.

This snippet stood out:

How has the game changed from your playing days?
It's less physical and the rules have changed, obviously. Based on these rules, if I had to play with my style of play, I'm pretty sure I would have fouled out or I would have been at the free throw line pretty often and I could have scored 100 points.
Yeah.

Michael Jordan's the greatest player ever. His presence on my hometown team is the reason I do what I do for a living, and I'd be one of the dozens to go broke in betting against him. But I'm betting against him. He wouldn't have gotten 100. He needed overtime to make it to 69 points, once, and that was his career high.

And, yes, in a league with a few more possessions per game, and in a world without overt hand-checking, yes, Michael Jordan would have scored more in this era than he actually did in the 1980s and 1990s.

But he wouldn't have scored 100. Why? Because Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game was an absolute farce.

Wilt was a 7-2 dominant force going up against a 6-10 backup center on the New York Knicks back in 1962. He was able to put up 63 shots and attempt 32 free throws mainly because the pace was so, so much faster back in that era, and because his Philadelphia Warriors team was intentionally fouling the Knicks down the stretch in order to get Wilt the ball every time down court in a contest that was a 16-point game at the end of the first quarter.

It was an absolute joke of a "contest," and though Wilt is to be commended for his brilliance, there's a reason why nobody has come very close in the 48 years since Wilt's 100-point game.

The closest? Kobe Bryant(notes), in a performance that I think was more impressive than Wilt's, mainly because he wasn't a man amongst boys (just an MVP-level performer, playing against a pretty crummy team in the Toronto Raptors), and because 90 percent of his points came in competitive action. His Lakers (beyond Kobe, they were very, very bad back then) were losing through 2 1/2 quarters, and until the final couple of minutes, the Lakers needed every one of Kobe's 81 points.

On top of that, Bryant made 7-13 3-pointers on his way to 81. That's the quickest way toward 100, these days, and Jordan was never much of a 3-point shooter -- 29 percent career, when you take away the nearly 2 1/2 seasons Jordan played with the shorter 22-foot 3-point line. Sure, hand-checks would send you to the line more often, but that many times? Enough to get to 100?

It's OK to "just" be the best ever, MJ. It's OK to be the all-around player you were. And it's OK to wonder if you could top Kobe's 81. But 100 points? Who cares? Wilt's night was impressive, but it was an aberration. A freak show. A gimmick, and not entirely the proudest moment in this league's history (again, the Warriors fouled the Knicks to get the ball back!).

It's OK, MJ. They're still making video games about you. Nobody's forgotten anything.



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 7 years ago '07        #2
theFREAK 3682 heat pts3682
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 10-14-2010, 04:23 PM         #3
Bezerk 
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The reporter should've hit him with Kanye Heisman pose and said "Stop it 5."
 7 years ago '06        #4
01seay 83 heat pts83
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The Goat has spoken.


 7 years ago '08        #5
Main Event 55 heat pts55
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 7 years ago '10        #6
Hovi Bryant 676 heat pts676
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Dismissing MJ's belief that he could score 100 is fine, but to apply the science is not necessary. It should be noted that Kobe's 81 is the greatest display of scoring in the history of the league. I would not bet against MJ in anything unless it was the NBA Draft, video games, and a three point contest. In other words, you can apply viable reasons why he couldn't score 100, but there's evidence that he could. It's not much of a stretch.
 7 years ago '05        #7
Bea5T 137 heat pts137
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Did people expect Jordan to come out and say anything else?

he's one of the most competitive players to ever play professional sports....what else would you expect?
 7 years ago '04        #8
MosDefinition 19 heat pts19
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blah blah blah you could have but u didnt in an era without zone defenses

dudes trying to turn himself in babe ruth
 7 years ago '08        #9
MAKAVELI2199 17 heat pts17
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THE GOAT

:agreement6:

HE'S RIGHT
 7 years ago '05        #10
katalist 229 heat pts229
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He might have had 150 points lol
 7 years ago '08        #11
JRisgr8! 2 heat pts
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if Jordan had infinite turbo he'd avg 100 ppg
 10-14-2010, 04:36 PM         #12
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 7 years ago '08        #13
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 Main Event said:
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im goin over as well.

if it starts to slow up I'll throw kobes name in
 7 years ago '09        #14
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saltyness.
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philly337 20 heat pts20
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An old broken down mj put up 50 in todays league so wouldn't doubt it because nobody could stop him

Jordan got everybody involved though so unless he went out gunning for 100 he wouldn't take enough shots to have a chance
 10-14-2010, 04:38 PM         #16
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hes right...u get sneezed on and u go to the free throw line nowadays...just ask wade in the 06 playoffs
 7 years ago '04        #17
nitetrain8601 22 heat pts22
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He would've done it these days. People mad that Jordan got calls, but look at a guy like Wade or LeBron who get foul calls like kids do candy on Halloween.
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 philly337 said:
An old broken down mj put up 50 in todays league so wouldn't doubt it because nobody could stop him

Jordan got everybody involved though so unless he went out gunning for 100 he wouldn't take enough shots to have a chance
jordan got everyone involved

he was one of the biggest ball hogs in his day
 7 years ago '04        #19
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 nitetrain8601 said:
He would've done it these days. People mad that Jordan got calls, but look at a guy like Wade or LeBron who get foul calls like kids do candy on Halloween.
jordan got just as many calls as they do

you take the ball to the basket you are going to get fouled
 7 years ago '07        #20
Cambury 39 heat pts39
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this n*gga tryna push video games....get da f**k outta here!....where is he gonna get 31 more points from, i mean da refs were on his d!ck back in da days but DAYUM! f**k nah...not 100
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