Maybe we are overrating michael jordan too much.
I remember in the 80s and 90s jordan was guarded by players shorter than him or players less physically gifted than him. 1980s never won. Fast forward 90s against the lakers i forgot who guarded him. Against the knicks john starks? Seattle gary payton? Utah against byron russell, howard eisley, shannon anderson....even jeff hornacek.
The only player who played great defense against jordan was derrick mckey. I remember the 98 series and wow i thought we won that.
So if jordan plays today we will never know if he can score 40 points with the emergence of more physically gifted, quicker and taller players.