MJ played against and dominated the best players the NBA had to offer. A lot of those top players went on to be hall of famers. MJ was just that much better. MJ met up with Magic(arguably the best guard in the game, at that time) in '91 and proved to the world that hewas the best player in the game by crushing Magic and his Lakers in 4 games to 1 Championship victory. At the same time, continuing to dominate the shoe game after changing it in the mid eighties. Sneakers were never looked at in the same way after the first Jordans were released.