Probably the most underrated in the vast skill set of Michael Jordan was his ability to hang and change hands in the air on layups. That says a lot given how his legend has grown.
Known most for his dunks, killer instinct and game-winning mid-range jumpers, Jordan built his scoring legacy on finishing at the rim, avoiding the many great centers he had to face in the process.
The way he eluded some of the best shot blockers and most dominant big men of all time may be the most impressive set of highlights from Air Jordan. He made Shaq, Patrick Ewing and so many others look befuddled as he got shots up, over, under and around their outstretched arms.
Dunks on top of people or splashing game-winners take the lion’s share of Jordan’s highlights, but for basketball purists, nothing compares to a reel of his layups. The body control and athleticism is unequaled, mirrored best in the modern-day game by Kyrie Irving and LeBron.