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Filling in the gaps

Sure, Jordan was the greatest ever, but let's imagine what could have been

Updated: September 3, 2009, 4:28 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus
John Ruthroff/AFPOn Jordan's first night back from retirement he put up 19 against the Pacers.

When Michael Jordan is officially enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next week, he will enter considered the greatest player ever to play the game. But for basketball statisticians, one important what-if about his career lingers: What if he had not retired twice before finally completing his career with the Washington Wizards at the age of 40?

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