Michael Jordan Research Paper

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Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are two of the greatest players to play in the NBA (National Basketball Association). Most people declare that Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time. Few people ever rebuke that thought. My conclusion is Michael Jordan is one of the greatest scorers of all time, and maybe even the greatest athlete of all time. He is most definitely the greatest one on one player of all time. What makes a great player in basketball? Now if Basketball was played like tennis, then, Michael Jordan would be the greatest of all time. Points or athletic ability in basketball does not define greatness; it is defined by all aspects of the ability of the participant to excel, and to excel those around them. The game of basketball…show more content…
He has won 9 championships and frustrated coaches for decades with his moves, and unbelievable shots. Studies have been completed to see if players can actually elevate their games in the playoffs. (David J. Berri and Erick Eschker 2005) In the 1998 NBA finals Michael Jordan broke Byron Russell’s ankles and hit the game winning shot. Seems like he elevated his game, but after checking he had taken 34 shots and only made 14 of those for 41 percent. His season average for field goal percentage was 47. Ok you say, “everyone has a bad game”, the game before that one (game 5 of the NBA finals) he only converted 34.6 percent of his shots, the bulls lost that game by two points. (David J. Berri and Erick Eschker 2005) Magic on the other hand could do what ever he needed to win. In the 1980 finals the center for the Lakers was injured and couldn’t play in game 6 against the 76ers. (Marcel Mansour 2009) Magic Johnson had to step into a position that his team needed and play center, (Marcel Mansour 2009) and not only did he get through it he excelled. They won that game, and he helped his team to advance to game 6 with a 3-2 lead in the series. He played all 5 positions on the team that night, and dominated them by scoring 42 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and dishing out 7 assists. (Marcel Mansour 2009) He was also a rookie that year and did what his team needed to win. Dr. J (Julius Erving) said, “Magic was the only player he ever saw who could win the game without making a single basket”. (Marcel Mansour

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