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Classic shoot out, a vintage duel between Michael Jordan and Chris Jackson a.k.a Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. How good Abdul-Rauf was ? Answer in this highlights. He was Stephen Curry before Stephen Curry. http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199602040DEN.html Those are Phil Jackson's comments about Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: "Never seen anything like SCurry? Remind you of Chris Jackson/ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had a short but brilliant run in NBA?" How does commenting on Rauf mean I'm comparing him to Curry? Remind, yes, quick release, cross over, Yep, MVP, nope. Get a grip!
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson). Ahead of his time. Destroyed defenses IN THE 90s--when hand-checking was allowed. "Stephen Curry before Stephen Curry." ________________________________________________________________ MAR was an absolutely relentless scorer; he is one of the most prolific shooters in NBA history, leading the league in FT percentage twice. His ability to score from anywhere on the court is complemented by his athleticism. Many players in the league during his tenure always worried about "chasing Abdul-Rauf around all day", citing his quickness and explosiveness. His athleticism is further evidenced by an appearance in the Slam-Dunk Contest in 1993. His ability to score is defined by his ability to shoot from anywhere on the court. His shot seems to be a "one-motion" to a "one-and-a-half motion" type of shot where the ball does not hitch or stop at any point during his release. An eye-test makes it clear that the speed of his shot is at the same level as that of Stephen Curry, Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, and other quick-release shooters. What sets him apart from the two point guards (whom I think play most similarly to him) is his superior athleticism. MAR was clearly more athletic to both in terms of his quickness, explosiveness, and vertical leap. Not only was he a tremendous scorer, but he was also a very capable floor general. He was one of few players to have a 30 PTS/20 AST game, and his AST/TO ratio in his best season was 6.8/2.0. He was unstoppable in his LSU days; he set the most points (965) and PPG (30.2) for a freshman in NCAA history. However, his scoring did not exactly transition as well into the NBA. The 90s NBA, and any era before 2004 or so, can be defined by the lack of the hand-checking rule. Before this rule, defenders were allowed to make contact and touch (no holding/grabbing) in order to defend and keep pace with the ball-handler. In fact, players back then were taught to have a defensive stance in which one hand is to intercept passes or swipe at the ball, and one hand was to literally push and force the player back from penetrating. This allowed smaller, quicker players to be defended much more easily; which was why big men dominated the league before the rule change. Though there were guards such as Isiah Thomas, Mark Price, John Stockton, and Magic Johnson--whom played similar to today's guards--who were successful in that era. When the rule change was introduced in the 2000s, the smaller and quicker players became the focal point of the offense in the NBA---the rule change made scoring much easier for players that lack the size and strength, and instead have quickness and skill (in terms of ball-handling/shot creating/shooting). Even though there were many big men who dominated in the 2000s (Shaq, TD, KG, Dirk, etc), the rule change gave rise to the careers of players who would have not succeeded as much before the rule change was put in place----Steve Nash, Allen Iverson (to a lesser extent), Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Stephen Curry, etc. The fact that Abdul-Rauf---despite his shortened career----was not an All-Star, was not an MVP, and was not a tremendously prolific scorer (he cracked 50 points and had high scoring games, but did not average more than 20 PPG) in the 90s is a testament to how fiercely competitive and unforgiving the NBA's defense was before the rule change. Though his career was shortened by the league---as explained in the NBA TV special "My Best Years Were Taken Away" centered on Abdul-Rauf's career---and thus did not truly have the opportunity to play in his prime. This begs the question that had he played in today's era, would Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf have been much more successful? Would he have absolutely torched today's defenses? Probably. His shooting, athleticism, and play-making make him one of the most under-appreciated point guards in history. A very unique combination of relentless scoring capability. I would say that the most similar player to him would be if Derrick Rose or Allen Iverson had a quicker pull-up jumpshot, and was a better shooter overall. That, or Stephen Curry or a score-first Steve Nash with more explosive athleticism. I can't say much about his defense though since I haven't seen enough of his defensive play in game. Is a career 0.8 steals good? Probably not. I might upload his passing highlights if I feel like it sometime, but none of it is particular noteworthy or flashy. Very fundamental passing. _____________________________________________________________ Not for profit. This channel is not monetized whatsoever. Music is the extended version of "Spiral" by Nujabes. I own none of the original published content/footage in this video, please look/search the following channels to see the original publishers of the content edited in this video: The Wiffle, MrSterlingfoster, Raphael Cohen, LamarMatic, NBAlien, and MT13ful.
Damn, this could be the most impressive game by an NCAA player I've ever seen. Chris Jackson/Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was a freshman participating in only his fifth college basketball game ever. Yet he drowns threes in the first seconds of the shot clock and fools seniors with his pump fakes and shake and bake moves like he had been doing this for years. What I loved most about the game is that he had no conscience whatever. LSU dominated the first half, only for Florida to come back and almost tie the game. Yet Jackson wouldn't let that happen by scoring 21 points in the span of about 6 or 7 minutes to ensure LSU's win. Amazing. NCAA 1988-89.
collection of clips for one of the most underrated players of all time Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf aka: Chris Jackson, this mix is on the longer end but it was a lot of fun making it. if there is any other player from the 90's or 80's that you think i should do next i would love to get some feedback on who. But anyway, enjoy the mix!! Would like to thank MrSterlingfoster for all his clips, this mix would not be possible without all the videos you uploaded here is a link to his channel https://www.youtube.com/user/MrSterlingfoster , everyone should check it out I DO NOT OWN THESE SONGS!