Have you ever thought of Michael Jordan as a great passer? Most basketball fans know about the clutch moments and the championships, and mainly think about scoring when they think of the player who is most recognized as the greatest of all time.
Jordan fans might remind you that he averaged a 30-point triple-double over an 11-game span when Bulls head coach Doug Collins chose to play him at point guard during the 1989 season. He averaged eight assists per game that season.
They might also point out that Jordan averaged no less than five assists per game for 10 seasons, and averaged 6.6 assists per game in the playoffs from 1984-1993.
But more important than Jordan’s assist numbers on paper, which don’t jump out at you as anything but solid for a superstar player known for scoring, the way he passed the ball at his best might surprise the common fan.
Watching some of his best passing highlights on YouTube might give basketball fans a new appreciation for Michael Jordan’s passing ability. He won’t ever be known for it, but it’s an important factor that contributes to being regarded by many as the greatest player of all time.