Top Five Careers Michael Jordan Ruined
He was the greatest of all-time. His highlight reels last longer than some player’s careers. He is the Michael Jordan, and he is the most iconic player in the history of the NBA. Jordan won six NBA championships in the 1990s with the Bulls. He reign of dominance put him in the Hall of Fame. Despite the fact that a lot of his peers are also Hall of Famers, their careers would have been better if Jordan would have decided to play baseball.
5. Scottie Pippen
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A teammate of Jordan’s for 10 years, Pippen enjoyed the success of winning six championships with Jordan. Pippen even led the Bulls to a deep playoff run the year Jordan retired. The reason that Jordan ruined his career is that he does not the respect he deserves for being a top 50 player of all-time. In his 17 year career, Pippen averaged 16.1 points per game, and made the All-Star team seven times. He was also on the all defensive team for 10 years. Pippen’s biggest achievement is that he helped win the Bulls first title. Erving “Magic” Johnson was two inches taller than Jordan. The height advantage proved too much for Jordan to handle, and Johnson gained a triple double in Game 1. The next four games Pippen was given the task of guarding Johnson, and he did a great job. The Bulls won the series in five. Without Pippen, Jordan would have to guard the best player on the other team constantly, and probably would not be able to win games in the clutch.
4. Charles Barkley
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The big body of Barkley helped him become a prolific scorer throughout his career. He averaged a double double for 15 years in the NBA. He had a mixture of power and skill that confused defenders in the post. He was an 11 time all-star, and also was a member of the all NBA team 11 times. In the 1992-93 season he won the Most Valuable Player award. The only problem was that he had to face the two time champions Bulls. Jordan put on one of the best playoff performances in the history of the league. He scored 41 points a game against the Suns. The Bulls won the series in six, in thanks to a clutch 3-pointer from John Paxson. Barkley never got back to the finals, and ended his career without a title.
3. Reggie Miller
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Life in the Eastern Conference was tough in the 1990s. The Bulls went to six NBA Finals in that decade, and a young Shaquille O’Neal dominated as soon as Jordan retired. One player that suffered a great deal was Miller. Miller enjoyed his best years from 1990-98. Those years he scored around 20 points a game. His teams were never able to advance in far enough to play the Bulls on a regular basis. The Pacers were often knocked out by their long time rivals the New York Knicks. That all changed in 1998 when the Pacers made it to the Eastern Conference to play an old Bulls team. Miller with Rik Smits and Dale Davis looked to work an inside out attack on the Bulls. They forced a Game 7, but could not close the deal and lost that final game 88-83.
2. Patrick Ewing
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Speaking of life in the Eastern Conference being tough, Ewing is another example. Ewing was a tremendous two way player. He averaged 20 points per game for 12 straight seasons. Ewing also was a three time all NBA defender. The reason that Ewing is so high is because Jordan beat him in the pros and in college. The Knicks and the Bulls played each other six times in the playoffs, and the Bulls won five of those matchups. The only victory for the Knicks came in 1994 when they won a Game 7 while Jordan was playing baseball. The next time the two teams meet in the playoffs the Bulls won in five games.
1. Karl Malone
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Malone is still one of the best scorer in the history of the NBA. He averaged 25 points per game. Malone scored 4,000 more points than Jordan (Malone played in 400 more games than Jordan). Malone averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds for ten straight years with the Jazz, and he won the MVP in 1996-97. That is where he success stops. Two years in a row the Jazz faced off against the Bulls in the NBA Finals and lost. The 1998 lost was the worst. The Jazz had everything working in their favor, the Bulls just played a seven game series while the Jazz swept their series, the Jazz had the home court advantage, and the Bulls were having off the court issues. The Jazz went up in Game 6, and if they won Game 7 was going to be at home in front of a loud crowd. However the shot happened, and the Bulls won their six title. The Jazz would not make it to another NBA finals, and Malone just like most of the list finished his career without a ring thanks to Michael Jordan.