18. James The Flopper
Jordan played during a different era. Later, we’ll talk about how the NBA was much tougher in the 1990s. But attitudes towards gamesmanship were less forgiving in his day. First, let’s be real: James is a flopper. This might be hard for some fans to swallow but it’s true. It’s not necessarily a criticism because almost every NBA player flops these days. But this would have been unacceptable during Jordan’s heyday.
Of course, James is also one of the most targeted players in the NBA. His fame puts a massive bullseye on his back so he attracts many fouls. Sometimes he makes the most of these. But Jordan played during an era when men were men. No doubt he flopped upon occasion, but it definitely wasn’t with the frequency of today’s athletes. That must be respected.