SK22™ asked in SportsBasketball · 1 decade ago

Was Michael Jordan better as a Shooting Guard, or a Small Forward?

He did win his rings as a Small Forward, but was he better as a Shooting Guard or as a Small Forward. Although Scottie Pippen, and Horace Grant, both affected his stats when he moved from Guard to Forward (they both came on to the team), which was he better at?

Shooting Guard:

1985: 28.2 Points, 5.9 Assists, 6.5 Rebounds

1986: 22.7 Points, 2.9 Assists, 3.6 Rebounds (Played only 18 Games)

1987: 37.1 Points, 4.6 Assists, 5.2 Rebounds

1988: 35.0 Points, 5.9 Assists, 5.5 Rebounds

1989: 32.5 Points, 8.0 Assists, 8.0 Rebounds

Small Forward:

1990: 33.6 Points, 6.3 Assists, 6.9 Rebounds

1991: 31.5 Points, 5.5 Assists, 6.0 Rebounds

1992: 30.1 Points, 6.1 Assists, 6.4 Rebounds

1993: 32.6 Points, 5.5 Assists, 6.7 Rebounds

1994: First Retirement

1995: 26.9 Points, 5.3 Assists, 6.9 Rebounds (Played only 17 Games)

1996: 30.4 Points, 4.3 Assists, 6.6 Rebounds

1997: 29.6 Points, 4.3 Assists, 5.9 Rebounds

1998: 28.7 Points, 3.5 Assists, 5.8 Rebounds

I didn't do the Washington years, he was almost 40 at the time.


Shooting Guard: 1 (1988)

Small Forward: 4 (1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)

Finals MVP's:

Shooting Guard: 0

Small Forward: 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)

Was he better a Shooting Guard, or a Small Forward?


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Clearly the SF posistion but I like it when MJ plays as SG. It reminds me of Kobe. MJ has killer stats as a SF. 33.6 ppg, 6.3 apg, and 6.9 rbg are killer stats.

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  • kool
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Jordan Small

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    MJ natural position is SG.

    If MJ had played SF, he would of been a pretty small SF but nonetheless he probably wouldof succeeded at it.

    MJ, like many other great players were very versatile and they often went against players in other positions.

    Take Magic for example, altho he is regarded as a PG, he realistically was suppose to be a SF.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This post just shows the little basketball knowledge on this board. In our sports media saturated society we like to "box" players into positions and compare them. Basketball is a dynamic game and a player's "position" could change on the fly due to match-ups and defensive assignments.

    Jordan could switch between PG, SG or SF many times during the game.

    If you need "labels" that is....

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  • UCLA!
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    No MJ played as a SG in whole of his career, you have to remember Pippen played as Bulls' SF, MJ only played SF as a Wizards.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Clearly as a Small Forward.He had killing numbers and reminds me like a mix player of LeBron,Magic and Roberston.

    But SG is his primary position and etc.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Wuh? Jordan didn't play small forward dude. He would occasionally slide over to guard some small forwards, but he was always primarily a shooting guard.

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  • 1 decade ago

    SG, they wouldnt have won any titles if he was SF

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  • Why did'nt you do Washington?...he was only 38.....Kareem was still the Best Center in the NBA when he was 40. MJ bieng the "GOAT" should be able to do it to right?....

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