For years, the NBA has been salivating for a fresh new face to become the next Michael Jordan. While the idea of Stephen Curry usurping the throne of MJ’s greatest player ever crown sounds appealing to the youngsters, the reality of trying to eclipse The Great One, is far more difficult than it seems. For over two decades many have tried to dub players as the “Next Michael Jordan,” with many floundering at the challenge. We take a look at the players who tried to live it to the hype and see where they are now.
See Where Are The Players Who Were Once Considered “The Next Michael Jordan” Now
Harold Miner was dubbed “Baby Jr” when he was drafted by the Miami Heat because of his incredible leaping ability and wiry frame. Unfortunately, The 6’5 phenom didn’t materialize into MJ, and actually ended up as a bust on the professional level. He spent four years in the NBA with Cleveland and Miami before becoming a stay at home dad after wisely investing his money.
The prodigal son and ACC beast that was Len Bias was walking along similar lines as his contemporary Michael Jordan. Having won ACC Player of the Year and being drafted number two overall by the Boston Celtics in 1986, Bias was ready to take off. Sadly, he met his demise before even lacing up his kicks due to a cocaine overdose.