Magic Johnson shut down all the narrative that today’s NBA players can’t be good in prior eras. The Los Angeles Lakers legend joined Stephen A. Smith on ‘After the Dance’ to discuss several topics, including the never-ending GOAT debate between Michael Jordan and LeBron James, the things MJ had to do to become the best player in history and more.
Moreover, he revealed what 5 players he believes would be a great fit during MJ’s era. During the 80s and the 90s, the rules were very different, it was a more physical game and people tend to think that fact would have been a nightmare for today’s stars. However, Magic believes a select group would’ve been great during those years, competing against himself and MJ.
Johnson selected LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the five players who could make a good career in prior decades.
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This has been a recurrent topic in recent times. People mostly talk about what would happen if Jordan played in today’s NBA, but this is a good exercise, too. What would if these five stars played in Jordan’s era? Well, Magic claimed Kevin Durant would have been a great scorer in any era while assuring Curry would still be the great shooter he is right now.
We all know the quality of LeBron, AD and Antetokounmpo. The league is different now, yes, but those guys are ready to go at it night in and night out. There is no doubt they would be leading a squad in MJ’s era, trying to dethrone His Airness and his mighty Chicago Bulls.