It would be complete basketball blasphemy for The Locker Room to not wish the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, a happy 50th birthday with a post on what made him so great and how modern day players can add his scoring abilities to their skill set.
The Michael Jordan Scoring Skills Workout is built on how “His Airness” became third all-time in total points scored in NBA history. Jordan was a spectacular player whose unbelievable moments and highlights were all created from his mastery of the fundamentals. Nobody has been able to mesh elite athleticism and unlimited skill level like Jordan did.
His 40+ inch vertical allowed him to hang, double clutch, jump over defenders all in an effort to get his perfect jumpshot off anytime he wanted. His mobility, flexibility and body control not only helped him contort his body in mid-air and get low to the ground, but gave him the ability to play in his 40s. His soft touch and ball control (stemming from unusually large hands) combined with his explosive and powerful pivoting let him fake defenders out of their shoes. He decelerated, then accelerated, then decelerated again all with perfect foot placement every time, leaving the defender one step behind and on their heels the entire time. He had a laser like focus on the rim no matter how many hands, how many bodies he encountered on his way to the rim exhibited in his ability to finish with the utmost creativity. When you look behind the jaw dropping finishes, you realize that Jordan mastered every combination of one dribble, two dribble scoring moves, owning the midrange.