In general, most NBA fans agree that Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time. Of course there is Lebron James Stans who will insist that James is number 1, and there are older fans who claim that Wilt Chamberlain was actually a BRICK.
But let’s face it: It’s Jordan.
That’s why people always ask: Who’s the next Jordan?
In the relatively recent history – both during and after their stay in Jordan – some players have been compared to Jordan. Some of them have become superstars. Dan Harold Miners and DeSean Stevensons from all over the world.
Here are the five most accurate comparisons of Jordan:
5. Vince Carter
Vince Carter was mobilised in 1998, shortly after Jordan announced its resignation (for the second time). Talk about comfort.
Carter was very lucky for him. He not only played for the Jordanian Alma Mater at the University of North Carolina, but he was also an explosive athlete, weighing 1.80 m and 220 pounds, almost as big as Jordan.
Although Carter has been criticized for his inability to reach the next level, he has had a good career in the NBA.
He spent the first six and a half seasons with the Toronto Raptors, where he established himself as one of the top wing bombers and succumbed to the legendary performance of the NBA during the 2000 Slam Dunk competition.
Carter needed the Raptors to do business in mid-2004-2005 and spent the next four or more years in New Jersey, where he was still good, but not as great as in Toronto.
Today, Carter is 43 years old and the oldest active player in the NBA, although it looks like he will retire this summer.
Carter may never have won a ring, but in terms of pure athletic ability and excitement, he is a worthy heir to Jordan.
4. Subsidy mounds
Grant Hill is a classic case of what could have been.
When he left Duke in 1994, Hill could do anything. He can score points. That can happen. He might dribble. He could cheat. He was an extraordinary defender who could defend many positions.
Yeah, his perimeter shot left a lot to be desired, but overall, Hill was a great player.
He met his expectations at the beginning of his career with the Detroit Pistons with four consecutive All-Star appearances to start his career and win a ticket to the Game of Stars in six of the first seven seasons.
Hill resembled LeBron in some ways, with an average age of 21, 9 and 7 years at the beginning of the journey.
But after Hill signed a mega deal with Orlando Magic in 2000, his career began when his injuries began to absorb him.
The ankle problems were so serious for Hill between 2000 and 2004 that he played 57 games between those four campaigns.
In 2004-2005 he went back to participate in 67 games and from that moment on he made a decent career as a role-player. But he never came close to what he was at the time of the Pistons.
There was a time when Hill was considered the next Jordan. And who knows? If he had stayed healthy, he might have become one of the best players of all time.
3. Lebron James
For most of the past decade, James has been the top player in the NBA. He won three championships and built on his legacy as the greatest basketball player of all time.
But the funny thing about LeBron is that as long as he looks like Jordan, his game actually looks more like Magic Johnson.
Yes, James is of course more of a striker than a wizard, but while Jordan usually leads with the ball and Scotty Pippen, James is usually the top scorer.
Of course, James’ legacy will always be connected to Jordan, because Jordan is considered to be the best of all, not a magical country. But in terms of playing style, James Jordan doesn’t look like the next two names on the list.
Of course, it’s not so bad for James. He takes his place in the pantheon of the greats and many consider him the second best player in the history of His Sky.
2. Leonard caviar
The funny thing about Kauhi Leonard is that no soul ever saw it coming when he entered the NBA in 2011 as a promising, raw, shady and rather unknown San Diego man.
Remember this: At the time, many wondered if Leonard would ever become a real attacking threat, because his lack of a sweater in college was more worrying.
But Leonard has done almost everyone a disservice and has become one of the best bilateral players to see the league since Jordan’s sixth and last victory in 1998.
Leonard has already won several championships and has won the MVP finals twice: Once with the San Antonio Spurs and once with the Toronto Predators.
In the big moments he has no heartbeat and shows cold blood like Jordan, at home or on the street. He is an impossible opponent for almost anyone, and his ability to kick from anywhere on the pitch is virtually unprecedented in today’s game.
Of course Leonard doesn’t have the tough Jordanian personality, but don’t take his silence as a sign of weakness. He’s a murderer.
If Leonard can add more material to his name with the Los Angeles Clippers, this sudden comparison is even more appropriate.
It couldn’t have been anyone else.
No player in the history of the game imitates Jordan as much as Kobe Bryant. His attitude. His playing style. His will and determination.
As a child, Bryant imitated Jordan, and given that two superstars played in the same position, it was only natural that Bryant would try to copy Jordan’s skills.
Bryant has won five championships, one without Jordan. He was also the most dominant striker in the league at his peak, just like Jordan.
The hardest thing for Bryant is that there has never been an overtime in his career where he was definitely the best player in the NBA. But that doesn’t detract from everything he’s done and doesn’t make the comparison with Jordan any less accurate.
Bryant soon became the closest youth hero to play in the NBA.