If there is something that “The Last Dance” It has refreshed us, is that basketball in the last two decades has changed a lot. Three-point shooting, fast possessions, decreased post shooting, hard infractions, and mid-range shooting are some of the variations we see today. According to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports, these are five players from the 90’s who would be stars today.
one. Glen Rice (Alero): Rice’s case is paradoxical, since her career was highly undervalued by the great competitors she had, but her numbers were always star. In his good years, he averaged almost 27 points per game and shooting with 47% triples, beating the almost 41% he had during his career. In today’s game, your ability to score from all sides would be worth a lot of money.
2. Dale Ellis (Escort / Forward): Only once in his career was he an All-Star, but Dale Ellis at this time would be a highly valued star in the league. Over 13 seasons, when he was a big factor in his teams, Ellis averaged nearly 18 points per game and 40% 3-pointers. Leader for several years in field shooting efficiency, with advanced statistics he would be more recognized.
3. Walt williams (Alero): Today he would be much more than a mere triple specialist, who during his career was a lethal long-range shooter, when the resource was not yet so widely used. In his best year (1996-97) Williams averaged 40% on 3s shooting six times per game, a lethality that he maintained until his later years, where he remained at 39.9% on 3s.
Four. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Base): Stephen Curry, Trae Young and all those bases that play with the triple between the eyebrows and the eyebrows are “descendants” of Abdul-Rauf, who played with the same style during the 90’s and early 00’s. During his time the pitcher base style was still resisted (even though he was throwing almost 40% T3) but currently he could approach the All-Star level of the two mentioned.
5. Toni Kukoc (Power forward / Power forward): “The Last Dance” was very unfair to how good Toni Kukoc was playing basketball and how important it was to the Bulls in their second three-peat. Relegated during his prime to be one of Jordan’s scheme, after MJ’s retirement he left a statistical line of 18.8 points, 7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. In the modern NBA, his level would not be far from Luka Doncic’s.