Former Wizards’ Guard Reveals Why Michael Jordan Was the Most Difficult Player to Guard

Published 05/28/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
DATE: 10/20/01 PHOTO BY : JOEL RICHARDSON DIG MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE WIZARDS HOST NEW JERSEY NETS (Photo by The The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Courtesy: Getty Images


Michael Jordan is arguably the best player NBA has ever seen. Drafted alongside the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley, Jordan became one of the most important players in league history and was a prime reason for the rapid increase of the league’s popularity in the 90s.

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With superhuman athleticism, Jordan showed incredible offensive skills with scoring and passing and also was a tenacious defender, often locking down other guards and ball handlers of the team. His dominance on the court translated to multiple championships for the Bulls and multiple individual accolades for Jordan.

Hubert Davis explains why Michael Jordan was the most difficult player to guard

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Rarely has a player played with and against Jordan in their career. One of them of Hubert Davis. The former guard played for the likes of New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors and later also teamed up with Jordan in the Wizards.

Given his experience in the league, Davis played against some of the best players like Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Jordan. In a recent interview, the Tar Heels coach opened up about why according to him, MJ was the toughest to guard. “A lot of the guys ask me, ‘What was the most difficult player to ever guard?’ And I always tell ’em it was Michael. I told them that.”

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He added, “The reason being these guys, especially Michael — he was the only guy that I’ve ever played with that didn’t take a break on any possession on both ends of the floor. I mean, he came after you defensively. And then on the offensive end, he never took a rest.”

Davis also spoke about his experience playing in the Wizards with Michael Jordan. “I was so thankful that I had an opportunity to play with him one year with the Washington Wizards and just have first-hand knowledge in the practices and games — all of the hard work and preparation that he put in to be the best basketball player ever…… Michael Jordan was the best that I’ve ever played against.”

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Jordan was certainly the biggest inspiration for many other greats like Kobe and Iverson. With his incredible two-way skills, Jordan cemented himself as the one of the best, if not the best player NBA has ever seen.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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