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Jordan’s stats head to head versus the best defensive guards of his era prove he was unstoppable

I do have the stats here for head to head against various other great defensive guards of his era and it’s safe to say that nobody could really guard Jordan.

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Vs Sidney Moncrief (2x DPOY)

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Vs Joe Dumars (5x All-Def)

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Vs Michael Cooper (1x DPOY)

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Vs Dennis Johnson (9x All-Def)

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Vs Alvin Robertson (1x DPOY)

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Vs Gary Payton (1x DPOY)

Jordan dropped 30+ on every great defensive guard of his era. And what’s more, held them all to 15pts and below.

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Who was the best defensive player in NBA history?

Probably Bill Russell. The man was so intimidating on defense that opposing teams would settle for low percentage shots farther and farther from the basket because they knew Russell was waiting in the interior waiting to block any shots near the rim. The guy would have averaged 10+ blocks a game had they been counted back then and numerous DPOY awards..

BTW if anyone is interested I can give a list of the best defensive players by the decade my votes are:
1960s: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West

1970s: Walt Frazier, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, John Havlicek

1980s: Bobby Jones, Joe Dumars, Sidney Moncrief, Alvin Robertson, Michael Cooper

1990s: David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Gary Payton, Michael Jordan, Alonzo Mourning

2000s: Dwight Howard, Ben Wallace, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

2010s: Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green

The 90s really had a lot…

Top 20 greatest defensive players of all time
1. Bill Russell (4x rebounding leader, 1x All-D 1st team)
2. Wilt Chamberlain (11x rebounding leader, 2x All-D 1st team)
3. Hakeem Olajuwon (2x rebounding leader, 3x blocks leader, 2x DPOY, 5x All-D 1st team)
4. Dikembe Mutombo (2x rebounding leader, 3x blocks leader, 4x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team)
5. Nate Thurmond (2x All-D 1st team)
6. Ben Wallace (2x rebounding leader, 1x blocks leader, 4x DPOY, 5x All-D 1st team)
7. David Robinson (1x rebounding leader, 1x blocks leader, 1x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team)
8. Kevin Garnett (4x rebounding leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team)
9. Dennis Rodman (7x rebounding leader, 2x DPOY, 7x All-D 1st team)
10. Scottie Pippen (1x steals leader, 8x All-D 1st team)
11. Michael Jordan (3x steals leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team)
12. Dwight Howard (5x rebounding leader, 2x blocks leader, 3x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team)
13. Gary Payton (1x steals leader, 1x DPOY, 9x All-D 1st team)
14. Sidney Moncrief (2x DPOY, 4x All-D 1st team)
15. Tim Duncan (8x All-D 1st team)
16. Walt Frazier (7x All-D 1st team)
17. Kawhi Leonard (1x steals leader, 2x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team)
18. Bobby Jones (8x All-D 1st team)
19. Mark Eaton (4x blocks leader, 2x DPOY, 3x All-D 1st team)
20. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1x rebounding leader, 4x blocks leader, 5x All-D 1st team)

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If you had to construct all time NBA teams based on certain skills (scoring, rebounding, assists, 3PT, defense etc) what would they be?

All time scoring team

PG: Oscar Robertson (26 PPG)
SG: Michael Jordan (30 PPG)
SF: Kevin Durant (27 PPG)
PF: Karl Malone (25 PPG)
C: Wilt Chamberlain (30 PPG)

All time rebounding team

PG: Magic Johnson (7 RPG)
SG: Clyde Drexler (6 RPG)
SF: Elgin Baylor (13.5 RPG)
PF: Bob Pettit (16 RPG)
C: Bill Russell (23 RPG) (Wilt would also work here)

All time assisting team

PG: Magic Johnson (11 APG)
SG: Jerry West (7 APG)
SF: Lebron James (7 APG)
PF: Kevin Garnett (4 APG)
C: Bill Russell (4 APG) (Wilt, Walton or Unseld would also work here)

All time balanced offensive/defensive team

PG: Chris Paul / Walt Frazier
SG: Michael Jordan / Jerry West
SF: Lebron James / John Havlicek
PF: Tim Duncan / Kevin Garnett
C: Wilt Chamberlain / Hakeem Olajuwon

All time pure defense team

PG: Gary Payton
SG: Sidney Moncrief
SF: Scottie Pippen
PF: Dennis Rodman
C: Bill Russell

All time 3PT team

PG: Steph Curry
SG: Ray Allen / Reggie Miller / Klay Thomspon / Jerry West / Pete Maravich / etc
SF: Larry Bird / Kevin Durant
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
C: this is hard one… Can I put Anthony Davis here? Kristaps Porzingis?

All time Eastern conference stars

PG: Oscar Robertson / Bob Cousy
SG: Michael Jordan / Dwayne Wade
SF: Lebron James (Cavs) / Larry Bird
PF: Bob Pettit / Charles Barkley (76ers)
C: Wilt Chamberlain (76ers) / Bill Russell

All time Western conference stars

PG: Magic Johnson / John Stockton
SG: Kobe Bryant / Jerry West
SF: Elgin Baylor / Rick Barry
PF: Tim Duncan / Karl Malone
C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lakers) / Hakeem Olajuwon

All time Lakers/Celtics squad

PG: Magic Johnson / Bob Cousy
SG: Kobe Bryant / Jerry West
SF: Lebron James / Larry Bird (John Havlicek and Elgin Baylor on reserve)
PF: Kevin McHale / Kevin Garnett
C: Wilt Chamberlain / Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Bill Russell / Shaq on reserve)

All time non Lakers/Celtics squad

PG: Oscar Robertson / John Stockton
SG: Michael Jordan / Dwayne Wade
SF: Julius Erving / Rick Barry (can’t use Lebron here anymore)
PF: Tim Duncan / Karl Malone
C: Hakeem Olajuwon / Moses Malone