Micheal Jordan vs. Vince Carter


In today\'s society, athletes are inevitably compared to one another, especially basketball players. It seems that every time a young player enters the NBA and demonstrates above average talent or has one spectacular game he is dubbed the next Michael Jordan. Vince Carter is one of those players, however his comparison to Michael has very few resemblance. There are numerous similarities between Carter and Jordan, however Carter has yet to prove himself the next Michael Jordan.


Michael Jordan stands six feet six inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He sports a clean-shaven head and a marked grin on his face. Jordan is from North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina. While a freshman at UNC, Jordan led the tarheels to a national championship, hitting the last second shot to win the game. Jordan left the University of North Carolina after his junior year and was selected third in the NBA draft, by the Chicago Bulls. While with the bulls Jordan set many seasonal and career records. He was also the leader of the Bulls, which twice won three NBA titles in a row. Michael Jordan matured in the NBA and reached his maximum playing ability, that is why he is considered the greatest player of all time.


Like Jordan, Vince stands six feet six inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He also has a clean-shaven head and a marked smile. Vince Carter is from Daytona Beach, Florida, but like Jordan, he attended the University of North Carolina. Unlike Jordan, Carter did not win a national championship, however he did lead them to two final four appearances in the NCAA tournament. Carter left the University of North Carolina after his junior year, as did Jordan. He was drafted fifth in the NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors and then traded to the Toronto Raptors for his UNC teammate Antawn Jamison. This is his third season in the league and while he has yet to win a championship, he turned the Toronto Raptors into an immediate playoff team. Dissimilar to Jordan, Carter has yet to mature in the NBA, but give time he will become one of the greatest players ever to play the game.


Michael Jordan always had a calm demeanor on the basketball court as well as in his personal life. Even though he was always calm on the court, he was tremendously competitive. He knew what it took to win and he showed it throughout every game. Jordan knew that to be great you had to sacrifice your body for the team, and he demonstrated that during the playoffs in 1997. Jordan came down with the flu before the game, and although extremely ill, he played anyway. During that game, he scored forty-five points and led the Bulls to the finals. As great as Jordan was he never acted as if he knew it, it was as if he did not have a sense of how good he really was. Basketball was just a game to him, a rather competitive game.


Most of the time Vince Carter has a calm demeanor on the basketball court, although there have been a couple of times his immaturity as a player have been evident. For example, during one game last season he said something smart to one of the officials, two weeks later the same official was officiating one of Toronto\'s games and he kept calling fouls on Carter. This got Carter frustrated causing him to criticize the official after the game. Jordan would never do this; it just shows the difference in maturity levels between the two. Like Jordan, Carter knows what it takes to win and is willing to put forth the effort to do so. He knows when and how to take over a game in order for his team to prevail. One of Carter\'s superior assets, one he shares with Jordan, is something he does not have, a sense of how good he really is.


Michael Jordan can defy gravity. The moves he exhibited on the court were astonishing. He was the master of the fade away jump shot, not even a seven foot tall center could defend it. During a playoff game against the Lakers in 1991, Jordan came down the