Michael Jordan's impact on the game is unmatched, and people wonder if we'll ever see something similar to him. Despite LeBron James making a solid case as the NBA GOAT, plenty of fans still consider MJ the greatest of all time.
Given his incredible ability and everything he did during his active days, Jordan became the blueprint for any superstar in the league. Even while he still played, newcomers were compared to him. Over the years, plenty of players got the tag of 'The Next Michael Jordan,' but nobody was able to fill the shoes.
One player with big similarities to His Airness was Vince Carter, who could fly like the Chicago Bulls legend, but couldn't compete with the same intensity as Jordan, let alone win all the accolades MJ collected during his career.
Gilbert Arenas recently made a case for the retired player, claiming he could have been the next MJ given all his talent. Talking with Josiah Johnson on the 'No Chill' podcast, the former Washington Wizards star said (33:18):
“As a hooper, Vince was supposed to be the next MJ – the Air. That’s the talent he possessed, that’s the talent that from the naked eye you could see. ‘Man, he’s unstoppable!'”
“When he got mad, you could not contain Vince Carter. But Vince Carter was just a chill dude. And that’s how he played the game. It was one of those things when you could argue that you had the most attributes the league has ever seen, from shooting, dribbling, jumping off on foot, off to foot, moving in the air-- you can say you are going to be headed more than Jordan. When it comes to just body control and you didn't dominate the way you should have, the fact that you lasted 20 years just tells us how gifted you were. ...The fact that he's not put into that category as top 3 ever played is one of those things like..."
Vince was a really exciting player to watch. His dunks always stole the attention, but he was much more than that. As Arenas said, he could have dominated as MJ did, but instead became part of the club of players with a high ceiling that couldn't make it. Penny Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill, and more were expected to become the next Jordan, but their careers went through a different path.
Vinsanity was great, and he managed to play past his 40s, but he could never match Jordan's dominance in terms of titles and individual prizes.