Marcus Jordan Vs. Michael Jordan: How Does Son's Game Compare to MJ?

Allen KimSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2011

Marcus Jordan Vs. Michael Jordan: How Does Son's Game Compare to MJ?

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    Michael Jordan's youngest son, Marcus Jordan, is considered to be the more talented basketball player between him and his brother Jeffrey.

    Being the progeny of the greatest player to ever play in the NBA is no easy task due to the pressure and expectations bestowed upon you.

    However, Marcus has faced plenty of adversity and he has come out on top a better player and man.

    So, how does his game compare to his father's?

Marcus: Creative Flair

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    Marcus Jordan actually has some creative flair near the hoop.

    Since he doesn't have that killer vertical, he has to rely on fancy moves to finish through contact or when a bigger player challenges him.

    He did get his father's famous up-and-under move down.

Michael: Creative Flair

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    Michael Jordan was an artist in the air. He made ordinary plays look extraordinary.

    Circus shots were his M.O. He dazzled fans on a nightly basis.

Marcus: Killer Instinct

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    Marcus Jordan isn't content with sitting on the perimeter and shooting long-range shots all day. He's not afraid to get inside the lane and force contact to get to the foul line or get off high-percentage shots near the rim.

    Jordan currently averages just over six foul shots a game hitting them at a 79.1 percent rate.

    He tends to pick his spots, but he's definitely not afraid to take it through traffic and straight to the rim even with a sea of bodies standing in front of him.

Michael: Killer Instinct

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    Michael Jordan was a straight up assassin on the court. When called upon, he will drop buckets.

    Jordan relished the spotlight and the big moment. He could score 40-plus points with ease.

Marcus: Defense

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    One of Marcus Jordan's greatest strengths right now is his defense.

    Jordan has very good defensive instincts, is capable of disrupting an offense and is not afraid to do the dirty work.

    He's capable of putting the clamps on some bigger guards and he has a knack for getting to the ball.

Michael: Defense

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    1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

    Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection.

    Need I say more?

Marcus: Winning Mentality

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    Marcus Jordan has had great success at the high school level. He led the Whitney Young Dolphins to the Illinois State 4A Championship title. Jordan scored a game-high 19 points in that game to beat Waukegan 69-66.

    Sure, the competition really isn't that high, but he has shown that he has a winner's mentality, much like his father.

    Most importantly, he has led UCF to an undefeated 13-0 record thus far in his sophomore campaign. UCF went from an unranked team in preseason to No. 19 in the AP Top 25 and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Michael: Winning Mentality

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    Michael Jordan hated to lose and he did whatever it took to win. He carried his teams on his back on a nightly basis and he had the heart of a champion.

    Losing was not an option to him.

Marcus: Shooting Ability

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    Marcus doesn't have the greatest looking shot, but there's no question that the kid can shoot. He has the ability to create for himself by pulling up for a jumper, catching off of a screen to knock one down or spotting up.

    He's shooting 43.1 percent from behind the arc and he averages 1.6 three-pointers per game.

    Of course, he's drilling threes at the collegiate level, which has a significantly shorter three-point line. Still, it's an impressive percentage nonetheless.

Michael: Shooting Ability

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    Michael Jordan started his career as a mediocre jump-shooter, but a master slasher.

    As his career progressed, his jump-shot became one of the deadliest moves in his arsenal.

Marcus: Dunking Ability 1

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    Let's be honest here, the kid stands no chance of dunking like his father. Michael Jordan wasn't called Air Jordan for nothing.

    While Marcus doesn't have his father's famed leaping ability, there's no question that he can get up and finish strong at the rim.

Michael: Dunking Ability 1

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    As a Knicks fan, it pains me to put this up, but it really was an amazing dunk.

    Michael Jordan was capable of dunking through and over anybody in the league. No matter the size, if you were foolish to stand in his way, chances are, you would end up on a poster in some kid's bedroom.

Marcus: Dunking Ability 2

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    Just a few more examples of his dunking ability...

Michael: Dunking Ability 2

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    Air Jordan versus the Human Highlight Reel. These two rim-rocking masters put on a show the world would never forget.

    This is one of the greatest dunk contests in the history of the sport.

Marcus: Dunking Ability 3

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    And finally one last dunk for good measure.

Michael: Dunking Ability 3

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    Michael Jordan's vertical—as far as I know—has never been officially declared, but it's been rumored to have been as high as 48". That is bordering on the insane.

Marcus: Clutch Scoring

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    Marcus Jordan has played in some big games—relatively speaking of course—and he's stepped up to the challenge and played well.

    There was the Illinois 4A State Championship title I mentioned a few slides back and he's hit some game-winners throughout his career.

    Perhaps his biggest game in college came when UCF was facing the preseason No. 9 ranked Florida.

    Jordan played lock down defense on Florida's leading scorers and he scored a team-high 18 points.

    With 24 seconds remaining in the game, he hit two clutch free throws to give the UCF Knights a 55-52 lead. The team would go on to win 57-54.

    He may not be like his father, but at least some of that ability rubbed off on him.

Michael: Clutch Scoring

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    Michael Jordan has hit countless big shots throughout his career. The number of game-winners he has nailed are through the roof.

    Jordan is the most clutch scorer in the history of the sport.


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    Marcus Jordan may never live up to his father's legacy—which really is near impossible to do—but there's no reason to think that he can't someday join the pro ranks.

    He has made great strides since his freshman year at UCF and he has the potential to be an impact player at the next level.

    The problem right now is that he is a combo guard with more of a scorer's mentality. He lacks the size and height to play the two, which is what he plays right now and what his style of play dictates that he be. At 19 years of age, there's an outside chance that he grows a little taller, which would help his prospects tremendously.

    I don't see perennial all-star written all over him, but he could be a solid role player or maybe even a starter in the NBA after he finishes out his senior year in college.

    If he can learn to be a true point guard, his future becomes that much brighter.