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NBA- Is Michael Jordan overrated?

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Started: 12/13/2012 Category: Sports
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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JackyBWong

Con

Michael Jordan, the icon of NBA basketball, is the greatest to ever play the game. With that comes perk- endorsements and the ability to offer expertise advice to the craft. The box office warrants that Michael Jordan is a high-flying dunker. An amazing scorer. Someone whom you could trust with the ball in your hands.

Considering today's basketball players- all are athletic and some may have caused Michael Jordan problems during his era- are advertised so heavily that many have similar endorsements even comparable to Michael Jordan. Yet, these players are not on par with Michael Jordan's level. Thus, this begs the question are basketball superstars overrated in general? The answer is no. It's obvious. The NBA consists of the 450 best basketball players in the world. Of those, probably only 20 or so can be considered superstars. However, it can be predicted that of these 20, probably only 8 will be hall of famers. Yet, despite that the league is being advertised so well. Take Rajon Rondo for example- he's an endorser of Red Bull. If Rajon Rondo, who is considered one of the better point guards of the league (and potentially a superstar in his own right), can get an easy endorsement. Then as a scale, Michael Jordan deserves much more- and he has much more. Michael Jordan is not overrated in that on a scale of skill, play style and play level- he deserves it.

Now, let us look at someone who IS overrated and compare that person to Michael Jordan. Let's take a look at the completely overrated and shouldn't even be in this league- Brian Scalabrine. He's a potential D-League player. He plays little yet has a massive following. Why? it's because of his race. He's Irish. Brought in by the Boston Celtics- he maintained a huge following when he moved to Chicago Bulls. Nicknamed the "white mamba", he's the most overhyped and most overrated player in the NBA. His statistical stats- not impressive. Many believe he was brought in simply to bring in a 'boston celtic' figurehead. Furthermore, he too has an endorsement. It's with Power 2 Switch where Brian Scalabrine stars in a commercial himself. Now when someone as overrated Scalabrine can get an endorsement- doesn't that just make more the more sense that Michael Jordan deserves what he gets?
Shawnks

Pro

He is completely over-rated, he finished with a horrible team and horrible stats! He has too many endorsements and brands that make people talk about him too much!
Debate Round No. 1
JackyBWong

Con

Pro stated, "he finished with a horrible team and horrible stats". Michael Jordan ended his career (which includes the stint he did with the Wizards at the age of 40) as the person with the most points per game. Although he might have "finished" with that team- it doesn't disregard the legacy that Michael Jordan established- his 6 Final MVPs and his 6 NBA championship titles are almost undervalued. Pro also stated that he has "too many endorsements'. However, on a scalar level, Michael Jordan is receiving (if anything) too little endorsements if not enough. Furthermore, Michael Jordan is a brand in himself- in the fact that his shoes sell highly. "Air Jordans." That is, in fact, his only "brand". Furthermore, Con has established irrelevance in that "people talk about him too much". This, in fact, rrated someone is. I could talk a lot about Kwame Brown- the worst player in the NBA but that does not make him overrated. If anything, I'm derating him.
Shawnks

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
JackyBWong

Con

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Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
JackyBWong

Con

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Shawnks

Pro

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