Michael Jordan is one of the greatest to have played in the NBA. He had a long career in the League filled with trophies, awards and global recognition. Jordan played with a wide range of players who challenged him to the hilt. But he eventually defeated them all to win six NBA titles, including two hat-tricks in the 1990s. He faced some of the strongest and fastest players in the history of the game; not to mention, some of the greatest too.

Jordan’s own career spanned almost two decades, during which he faced several players. He played with them and took it upon himself to beat them.

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Michael Jordan “climbing the mountains”

Michael Jordan has beaten some of the biggest men in sports. Gheorghe Murasan, who was 7-foot-7, was playing for the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) at that time. Jordan faces him several times from 1993 to 1998, topping it with some memorable dunks.

Another league giant then been 7’7 Manute Bol, who also played for the Bullets. In the 80s and early 90s, 7’7 Manute Bol was the tallest player in the league and 6’6 Michael Jordan was the highest steal. Consequently, they have had their share of mid-air collisions, often with very different results. Jordan was the first to draw blood during Manute’s debut with the Bullets.

Jordan against the shortest players

Michael Jordan has also faced some of the shortest players in the league. Muggesy Bogues had great grips and quickly moved the ball to the other end of the pitch. He had a very famous tangle with Jordan. Apparently Jordan once told him, “Throw the ball, dwarf.” Some believe it ruined his career, but Bogues denies such claims. Bogues then spent five years in the NBA, a total of 14 seasons in all.

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He played for the Washington Wizards, Hornets, Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, averaging 7.7 points per game. He finally performed with Jordan in “Space Jam”.

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Another name that comes to mind is Spud Webb. Webb is known to have dived over Jordan during his college days. The visual of the same is truly a sight to behold. He probably wowed the whole crowd by diving on a 6’6 Michael Jordan.

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