Although he only hit .202 during his baseball stint in 1994, Jordan believed he had good hand-eye coordination. The UNC product, who had large hands, could throw a football 60 yards and once ran a 4.3 40-yard dash in college.
Jordan could have been a solid wide receiver, but he never had interest in playing in the NFL since he knew he was meant to play in the NBA.
Michael Jordan on basketball: I know every facet of the game
During an interview with Rick Telander of ESPN in April 1998, Jordan talked about why he chose to play basketball despite having the skill set to be a productive football player.
“I think I have good hand-eye coordination,” Jordan said. “I always felt I could be a wide receiver in football. I ran a 4.3 40 back in college. Of course, it was with the school’s watch. In all sports, I’ve always wanted to play the position where you can dictate the outcome of the game — pitcher, a base stealer, quarterback. I can throw a football about 60 yards. But it’s my knowledge of basketball that is really high. I know every facet of the game, every trick of the trade, every little motivation, every little technique. But mostly, I know how to attack people.”
Jordan certainly knew how to attack people on the basketball court. However, he did it so gracefully that he’s the most efficient scorer of all time.
Michael Jordan is first in NBA history in points per game and player efficiency rating
In 1,072 regular-season games with the Bulls and Washington Wizards, Jordan averaged 30.1 points while shooting 49.7% from the field and registering a player efficiency rating of 27.9. The five-time MVP is first in NBA history in points per game and PER in both the regular season and postseason.
Jordan won 10 scoring titles with the Bulls, including seven in a row from 1986-87 to 1992-93. He also led the league in PER seven times. It’s genuinely remarkable how efficient Jordan was. We may never see another scorer like him again. Not only could MJ drop 40 points at the drop of a hat, but he also did it while shooting the ball well.
Behind Jordan’s incredible and efficient scoring prowess, the Bulls dominated the NBA in the ’90s. They not only won six championships in an eight-year span, but they also prevented several Hall of Famers from winning titles.
Bulls went 6-0 in the Finals in the ’90s
The Bulls went a perfect 6-0 in the Finals during the ’90s. They defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz (twice). Jordan took down at least one Hall of Famer en route to his six championships. He also prevented Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and John Stockton from winning rings.
Jordan averaged 33.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in 35 Finals games. He only trailed a series twice and never played in a Game 7.
While it could have been fun to watch Jordan play in the NFL and catch touchdown passes since he was tall, fast, and had huge hands, basketball fans are undoubtedly glad His Airness played in the NBA. The six-time Finals MVP is widely recognized as the greatest player in NBA history and is such an icon that the Miami Heat franchise retired the No. 23 as their way of paying respect to him.
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