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I present Michael Jordan’s per game statistics for the following three seasons without further comment:
1986-87: 37.1 points (led the NBA), 4.6 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.5 blocks
1988-89: 32.5 points (led the NBA), eight assists, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 steals and .8 blocks
1989-90: 33.6 points (led the NBA), 6.3 assists, 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals (led the NBA) and .7 blocks
Alright I lied, there is further comment.
Jordan was not only the best offensive player in the NBA, he was also arguably the best defensive force as well. These three seasons were some of the best statistical performances in the history of the Association.
But he was forced to watch Magic Johnson accept the MVP award all three times.
I know Magic was a dynamic, once-in-a-lifetime player (he would be in the top three in my own personal best-ever power rankings, but I digress), but he was nowhere near the player Jordan was in those three seasons, especially on the defensive side.
In Magic’s defense, nobody has ever been the player Jordan was.