Sunday, February 10th, 2013 at 12:16 pm  |  18 responses

Antawn Jamison Says Michael Jordan Could Average 10 or 11 Points Per Game Right Now

It’s a question that’s always fun to ask: If Michael Jordan magically returned to the NBA today, at age 49 (50 as of next week), how well would he do? In Antawn Jamison’s opinion, not too bad—the Lakers forward believes MJ would be good for 10-to-11 points per game. Via ESPN Los Angeles: “Michael Jordan has been retired from the NBA for a decade, but he warned at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2009 not to count him out from making one last comeback. ‘One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50,’ Jordan said near the close of his speech, eliciting laughter from the crowd in Springfield, Mass. ‘Oh, don’t laugh. Never say never. Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.’ Jordan turns 50 in about a week on Feb. 17. What would happen if he traded in his ownership stake in the Charlotte Bobcats for one more chance to lace up his Air Jordans in the league? Could he do it? ‘I wouldn’t doubt that in the right situation with a LeBron (James) on his team or with a Kobe (Bryant) on this team, he could get you about 10 or 11 points, come in and play 15-20 minutes,’ said Antawn Jamison before the Lakers played the Bobcats on Friday. ‘I wouldn’t doubt that at all, especially if he was in shape and injuries were prevented and things of that nature.’ That’s saying a lot, considering Jamison has Bryant on his team, and only averages 8.1 points per game in 20.5 minutes per game and he’s ‘only’ 36 years old. Jordan averaged 20.0 points in 37.0 minutes per game in his 15th and final season in the league before retiring for good at age 40. ‘He wasn’t joking,’ said Jamison of Jordan’s declaration at the HOF ceremony. ‘You hear stories still to this day, especially last year, him going to the practice facility and playing 1-on-1 with the guys and still they can’t stop him.’”

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  • RKJ92

    Shouldn’t be too hard considering it’s Jordan.. I mean realistically if he got back in shape I could see him averaging about 12ppg 3rpg 3-4apg 1steal, and thats IF they gave him 20min a night, he would be a wash defensively though thats the only issue.. too old, too slow..

  • bike

    Wonder why anyone would ask AJ this….

  • The Philosopher

    Because, Jordan stays in touch with the North Carolina guys, perhaps?
    Other than that…

  • spit hot fiyah

    and he would also start in the all-star game, even if he played 10 min/game

  • Caboose

    I’d have no complaints.

  • house

    Nope, me either.

  • RKJ92

    Oh probably.. I mean if Iverson did it with no business being in the all-star game, or Tracy McGrady, I’m sure MJ could too. On a side note it would be pretty cool to see MJ in a all-star game at 50 haha, just imagine him completing an alley-oop from someone ahhh.. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Closest thing to Uncle Drew is Uncle Mike lacing up the sneakers again…..getting buckets ! But seriously though it would cool and funny to see Jordan post work these younger guys at the top of the key. I know skill wise he should be still intact.

  • Ugh

    I’m the same age as Kevin Garnett. Playing hard two days in a row makes my knees feel like ground glass and my hips like someone put concrete around the joints. Jordan played about a hundred thousand more games than I did, and he dunked probably five times as often as I did, and he played guard, not forward like I did, so he ran a lot more miles (and fast breaks) than I did. I have no doubt he could pull off those averages against an NBA level of competition, but not on an NBA schedule. He has zero chance of averaging 20 minutes a night over a season, let alone 20 minutes and those numbers over 82+ games.

  • danpowers

    …and still win the dunk contest lol


    Jordan played about a hundred thousand more games than I did,(PROBABLY A ZILLION) and he dunked probably five times as often as I did.(????????)

  • Caboose

    Honestly, he couldn’t do much. Complete defensive liability, maybe a couple good plays from the high post, avoidance of contact because of age…but he’d sell out EVERY arena he went to. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

  • Ugh

    God forbid someone on Slam actually admits to having played basketball, COUCHPOTATOXBOXGEEK

  • HornetsCEO

    We had a “Legends” game a couple of weeks ago with some old NBL players and James Crawford at age 52 was dunking.
    Jordan would never sell the Bobcats just to play a few games in the NBA.
    Wish he would and go on the Celtics or Bulls and completely destroy LeBron in the post in the ECF

  • RowdyTexan

    10 points? The way the refs used to give him bail out calls, he would get 10 points a game just off free throws!

  • patrick

    I think he would suck….

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    Don’t stop now guys, this is hilarious.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez