When the discussion of how NBA players of today could dominate in the 90s and Michael Jordan didn’t have any competition in that era at the shooting guard position. Guys like Clyde Drexler, John Stacks, Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond, Joe Dumars, Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott, Nick Anderson, Latrell Sprewell and Steve Smith were no scrubs back then.
Speaking of Miller a lot of basketball fans feel that his games against the Knicks put in the Hall of Fame, but since he was never able to get past Jordan’s Bulls, he was not an elite two guard.
Former Sixth Man of the Year, Darrell Armstrong is someone that had to guard Miller on numerous occasions throughout his career and doesn’t agree.
“From the point guard, two guard, and small forward you have to be ready. It was tough. MJ is just MJ, but you had some good two guard and three guards. I don’t believe in they saying MJ didn’t have no competition. First of all, it was physical back then. You could touch guys, you could forearm guys, you could do whatever you needed to do to guys. But, with Reggie [Miller] could score that ball. He wasn’t a guy that would put the ball on the ground, but he could score that ball, and he find ways to score that ball, said Armstrong on the What’s Your Opinion Podcast.
“You got Kobe [Bryant] as well, he was in the late 90s. 96, 97, 98 for sure. Kobe was in that era at that time. And the list can keep going on. You got [Chris] Mullin. So, the league had some good two guards, and three guards in the league. Jordan is just more superior, he know how and find ways to dominate the game. Especially, when had a Scottie Pippen that’s right beside you. It was a fun era,” Armstrong shared. “I guarded Reggie even when it was late in games sometimes, but Doc [Rivers] used to start me on him. All I would do is chance him and that is when we had T-Mac [Tracy McGrady] we needed him to score. I would be the one to chance him and we would put someone else on the point guard. [Mark Jackson].”
Miller received five All-Star selections, three All-NBA selection, and is a member of the 2012 Hall of Fame Class. Miller also averaged 18.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and won a gold medal in 1996 with Team USA.