Top 15 Current NBA Stars That Would Have Flopped During The Jordan Era

The NBA provides the best arguments and debates for sports fans breaking down the stars of the current generation against the legends from the past. 90s fans have especially become defensive of their era thanks mostly in part to the iconic work of Michael Jordan. LeBron James’ ascension and Kobe Bryant’s body of work have put them in the all-time great conversation but fans will chastise anyone who dares think Jordan could be passed by today’s softer stars. While the arguments can sometimes be juvenile and arrogant, it’s quite accurate. Jordan’s legacy is not close to being touched by Bryant or James despite their great careers.

One major point that has been made more frequently is that today’s game is soft and watered down. Players are allowed to put numbers up more easily and the rules protect them from being stopped due to the officials being strict with the whistle. The concept of hard-nosed defense and fighting in the paint for a loose ball is no longer common. Today’s talent however hold the advantage of being more athletic, working on new aspects of the game and just evolving into new territories. Both sides have their own merits but not all players would have been superstars in each era.

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are special and rare breeds of talents. Those guys would have been able to make All-Star appearances and have a Hall of Fame trajectory with their skill sets. Most of the other current superstars would not have had the same fortune and the differences in past eras would have slowed down their rises to success. We’re going to take a look at that today with the new generation of All-Stars and superstars that would need drastic changes to have any chance at replicating the success they hold today. It’s impossible to say any era is better than another but these are fifteen current NBA stars that would have achieved much less success during the Michael Jordan 90s era.

15 Blake Griffin 

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14 Isaiah Thomas 

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13 Ricky Rubio 

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12 Klay Thompson 

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11 Reggie Jackson 

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10 Derrick Rose 

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9 Joe Johnson 

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8 Chris Bosh 

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7 DeAndre Jordan 

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6 DeMarcus Cousins 

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5 Tony Parker

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4 Dwight Howard 

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3 Carmelo Anthony 

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2 Kevin Love 

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1 James Harden 

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The biggest example of differences in superstars from the 90s and the big names today would be James Harden. Someone like Harden would have had no chance of leading a team to the postseason with record statistics. The Houston Rockets superstar plays some of the worst defense you’ll ever find in the game of basketball and his offensive style is a bit more selfish despite his numbers looking all around great. Harden gets a high percentage of his points at the free throw line but players didn’t get easy calls back then like he does today. The culture of the 90s would have forced Harden to be humbled with his style pushing him lower down the totem pole.

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Top 15 Current NBA Stars That Would Have Flopped During The Jordan Era