Do Dallas Mavericks win a championship with Michael Jordan in 2002?

Dallas Mavericks Michael Jordan (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Michael Jordan
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Fit in Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks would have given Michael Jordan the opportunity to win a championship during his comeback. It would have been an intriguing fit.

The aging MJ did not get to the rim as he did in his 20s. He took just 22.9 percent of his field goal attempts within ten feet of the rim. Jordan still finished well inside when he got there.

He was doing most of his damage in the mid-range. It was a ton of damage too. Jordan averaged 21.2 points per game over his two seasons with the Wizards.

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The advantage of joining the Mavericks was Dirk, Nash, and Finley were taking shots from all over the floor. They would have opened it up for Jordan to dominate.

Coach Nelson would have had a job on his hands. Staggering the minutes and finding the shots for four All-Star caliber players would have been difficult. Ultimately, players are usually willing to sacrifice to win a ring. The Mavs would have had to do that here.

Jordan was still a standout defender too. The Wizards improved from the worst defense in the NBA by defensive rating to the middle of the pack with Jordan. They were trending to be better than during MJ’s first season. The numbers were dragged down after his injury.

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