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Viewers enjoy watching NBA games or any other game where the vertical jump is high. It is common to associate high-jumping athletes with basketball. Sports dunks therefore provide the most action, which explains why they're the best part. If you're an NBA fan, you'll undoubtedly see moments when some players appear to be floating, and moments when their achievements seem to be impactful. According to the NBA, Michael Jordan is the only player who has ever cleared 48 inches explained here. Jordan's vertical jump was also tested on tour by the U.S. Olympic team in 1984 . It is confirmed that Jordan achieved a 48-inch vertical leap. With their hops, some guys have picked up their fans' feet over time.
 

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Viewers enjoy watching NBA games or any other game where the vertical jump is high. It is common to associate high-jumping athletes with basketball. Sports dunks therefore provide the most action, which explains why they're the best part. If you're an NBA fan, you'll undoubtedly see moments when some players appear to be floating, and moments when their achievements seem to be impactful. According to the NBA, Michael Jordan is the only player who has ever cleared 48 inches explained here. Jordan's vertical jump was also tested on tour by the U.S. Olympic team in 1984 . It is confirmed that Jordan achieved a 48-inch vertical leap. With their hops, some guys have picked up their fans' feet over time.
I don't remember who, but I think that record was broken. I could be wrong, but I heard that figure about another player.
 

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Pippen was a 5-6 assist guy, while Stockton, Payton, KJ, and Tim Hardaway were 10-15 assist guys.

This large gap demonstrates that Pippen is the worst passer of the group, while also having the worst efficiency ever for a playoff run of 15 games or longer and 35 minutes per game - he did this twice:


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So given that Pippen had the worst passing and efficiency of any notable 90's sidekick, it's clear that people have it backwards - instead of saying that MJ "needed" Pippen, MJ should be praised for needing less passing and scoring help than his peers had.

A study of Pippen's playoff series shows that there are zero examples of him playing above a prime-Iggy or Wiggins-caliber, but the winning spotlight inflated him to all-time status.. Pippen averaged 17.6 on 41% for the entire 96-98' Playoffs and 19.0 on 42% in 6 Finals, while being 0/6 in FMVP - he's actually 0/6 in matching Horry's gamescore from the 95' Finals and was drastically outplayed by Reggie Miller 5/5 times when they faced the same playoff opponent.. These are just a couple gauges of Pippen's secondary level of production, which requires the 1st option to defeat maximum defensive attention (carry scoring load) - that's what differentiates MJ from other 1st options - he had to defeat maximum defensive attention for his entire career, as Kenny Smith explains here:


Accordingly, the proper way to perceive MJ and Pippen is that MJ was simply good enough to win with Pippen's decade-worst passing and efficiency among 90's sidekicks - the resulting winning spotlight is why Pippen started making All-NBA in 1992 (5th season).. Compare this trajectory to Jamal Murray from the 2020 Playoffs - Jokic wasn't good enough to win with Murray's 27/5/7 on 63% true shooting, so Murray wasn't elevated to media accolade thereafter like Pippen.. This is just a simple example but it applies to anyone that fails to win with Iggy-caliber help from the sidekick.


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In 2010, KG was a 14/7 bum post-injury and the Celtics were an old, 50-win team.. Accordingly, the Cavs were the league favorite for the 2nd year running and the conference was about to be wide open for the next decade - DeRozan, Wade, Hibbert, Bosh and Lebron would presumably battle for the conference every year..

This was the perfect competitive environment that Lebron shunned and opted for the cheat code by teaming up with the top two 1st options in the conference (the "decision"). He literally took 3 first options from 3 teams in the conference and put them on 1 team, aka consolidated power in the conference... Then the media praised him for winning the conference a bunch with super-teams when Dwight was winning it by himself with an injured underdog team.

Ultimately, Durant's collusion with the Warriors merely broke Lebron's collusion record - Lebron's "decision" locked down the league with 3 chips in 6 years and preseason favorite "super-teams" for 6 straight years (11-16').. So Lebron enjoyed the same unprecedented advantage that Durant did, except for longer, aka Lebron had a 6-year head-start in the colluding space, so people were happy when Durant got to hand-pick the preseason favorite in 2017 after Lebron did it the previous 6.

Btw, this proclivity to collude stems from a skill deficit - his frontcourt ball-dominance imposes spot-up roles that stall young players, so he needs ready-made stars, aka his skillset lacks the teammate development, fits or brand of ball to win organically and must resort to talent-based winning instead (team-hopper.. all-star team strategy).. So he never really learned how to win (brand of ball, chemistry, teammate development, etc) and only learned how to team-hop (talent-based winning)..

Unfortunately, Lebron's frontcourt ball-dominance is the worst kind of ball-dominance - he starts at forward but then becomes a 2nd point guard on the floor..(2 players with a point guard hold-time).. These 2-point guard lineups give teammates less hold-time and assists then they get in 1-point guard lineups, so the TEAM has low assists and struggles on the championship level.. Indeed, the common thread in Lebron's Finals losses is massive deficits in team assists.

Furthermore, ball-dominators lack sufficient brand of ball to successfully carry the scoring load against top teams (too ball-dominant), so they need all-time scoring help like Kareem, AD, Wade or Kyrie.. Otoh, expert jumpshooters like Curry, MJ, or Kobe can carry the scoring load while the ball moves (good brand of ball) - so they can beat top teams by carrying the scoring load and win with secondary producers like Wiggins, Pippen, Lowry or Pau.

Again - we know that Lebron and other ball-dominators can't carry the scoring load against the best teams because they're too ball-dominant - examples of Lebron being unable to carry the scoring load include Lebron never defeating maximum defensive attention (never successfully carrying scoring load in Finals) and he never carried bed-wetting teammates over top teams (never defeated a top 5 SRS team with poor scoring and efficiency from a sidekick).. Lebron and similar ball-dominators simply lack the elite jumpshooting skill and brand of ball needed to carry the scoring load against top teams (defeat "maximum defensive attention", aka MDA)
 
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