20 Jordans MJ Should Have Worn On The Court

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It’s well documented the Jordans MJ laced up during his playing days, but we highlight 20 J’s ‘His Airness’ should have worn on court if he could. In addition to just picking out the model, we also paired each selection with a jersey choice we think MJ might have been wearing to match accordingly. There are a couple of new retro’s on this list that in this day-in-age of social media, had Jordan worn them on the court, the hype would be beyond astronomical. Take a look and let us know in the comments section which pairing you think is the best match-up!

Air Jordan 9 Retro "Johnny Kilroy"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Red

When MJ first retired from basketball, Nike ran an ‘Alter Egos’ campaign which featured Johnny Kilroy. So even though this pair didn’t release until 2012, it would’ve been cool to see MJ return wearing these during his first run back with the Bulls and their red jerseys.

Air Jordan X "Steel Grey"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Home

A colorway inspired by the Chicago White Sox, MJ didn’t get to lace up the Air Jordan X until returning late in the ’94-’95 NBA season. But had he come back earlier, we might’ve been able to see him lace up the “Steel Grey’s,” while playing at home, possibly in their true OG form with the extra leather on the toe…even though he was not a fan of the look.

Air Jordan XIV "Black Toe"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Home

The only Air Jordan XIV MJ laced up was the “Last Shot” colorway as he debuted them a year early during his final run with the Bulls in ‘98. Had he continued on another season, he definitely would’ve laced up the “Black Toes” with his Bulls home uniform.

Air Jordan 9 Retro White/French Blue-Flint Grey

Matching Jersey: Washington Wizards Home

MJ laced up the ‘Cool Grey’ colorway, but never managed to rock this Air Jordan 9 Retro on-court. While the colors are slightly off, they still would’ve looked great with the Wizards white ‘Home’ uniform.

Air Jordan XIV White/Red

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Red

Much like the “Black Toes,” we all know MJ would’ve laced up this OG Air Jordan XIV colorway had he not retired from the game for a second time. They would’ve went well with the Bulls red jersey’s as we saw Toni Kukoc do in 1999.

Air Jordan XX3 Premier "Finale"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Red

Had the Air Jordan XX3 been around during MJ’s playing days with the Bulls, the “Finale” colorway would’ve been a great pair to see him lace up for his final game. The black-based shoe would’ve worked well with the red Bulls uniforms making sure the shoe really stood out on-court.

Air Jordan IX White/Black-True Red

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Home

MJ didn’t get to rock the Air Jordan IX on-court originally due to his first retirement. Therefore, we didn’t get to see him wear his ninth signature shoe until it was retro’ed for the first time in 2002. Had he not left, we definitely would’ve seen him lace these up while playing at home.

Air Jordan XX3 "Motorsports"

Matching Jersey: Washington Wizards Away

If the Air Jordan XX3 was around when MJ played for the Wizards, this “Motorsports” colorway would’ve been a great choice to wear while playing in the ‘Away’ uniforms. Not a perfect match, but close nonetheless.

Air Jordan XX "Stealth"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Red

Arguably the most popular Air Jordan XX, what better way to celebrate the 20th Air Jordan then to have seen it on the feet of MJ during his professional career. If he rocked these with the red Bulls jersey, it would have made sure everyone payed attention to the kicks.

Air Jordan 12 Retro White/French Blue

Matching Jersey: Washington Wizards Home

After his sudden departure from the Wizards organization, this Air Jordan 12 Retro went through a change before it was released to the public. Still, you can’t deny the fact they pair nicely with the Wizards home uniforms and would’ve looked nice on MJ’s feet had he rocked them before retiring for the final time.

Air Jordan XX3 "Chicago"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Black Pinstripe

A “Chicago” inspired colorway, what more needs to be said. Had MJ laced these up with the Bulls black pinstripe jersey, it would’ve been a perfect match.

Air Jordan XVI Black/Red

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Red

Released on MJ’s birthday, if Jordan was playing in 2001 he definitely would’ve laced up this Air Jordan XVI. We make the call that His Airness would have worn these with the Bulls red uniforms so this colorway could stand out on-court.

Air Jordan XXI "Red Suede"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Black Pinstripe

It’s a shame MJ didn’t get to lace up this colorway of the Air Jordan XXI. Yes, they would go well with the red Bulls uniforms, but that’s too much red. Pair them up with the black pinstripe uni’s and put them on MJ’s feet, they would stand out for sure, in a good way.

Air Jordan XX3 White/Black-Red

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Home

This Air Jordan XX3 has ‘Home’ written all over it. They would’ve looked great on-court with the Bulls white uniforms.

Air Jordan 5 Retro "Raging Bulls" Red

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Black Pinstripe

Made to honor the Bulls, there’s no question that MJ would’ve rocked them on-court if they dropped during his playing days. Put this red pair on with the black pinstripe uni’s and they would really pop.

Air Jordan 4 Retro "Toro Bravo"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Red

This is another pair that was made to be on the feet of MJ. Had they released during his time with the Bulls, there’s no doubt he would’ve rocked the “Toro Bravo” Air Jordan 4 Retro along with the Bulls red uni’s.

Air Jordan 5 Retro "Raging Bulls" Black

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Red

Like the ‘red’ colorway, MJ surely would’ve rocked this colorway of the “Raging Bulls” Air Jordan V had he still been playing for the Bulls when they dropped. So they don’t clash, we feel putting them on with the Bulls red jerseys would help break out the color and help to make the shoes shine and not get lost with the uniform.

Air Jordan XX3 Black/Stealth

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Pinstripe

We strongly feel that had the XX3 been around during MJ’s Bulls days, he would’ve rocked almost every colorway released, including the fan-favorite ‘Black Stealth’ colorway. These paired with the black pinstripe jersey is another great hook-up.

Air Jordan 3 Retro "Doernbecher"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Red

What better way to honor a charity and help a good cause than to see MJ wear this “Doernbecher” Air Jordan 3 Retro on the hardwood. Not only would the child who designed this pair feel amazing, but the buzz on these would’ve went through the roof. Even more than they have when they dropped…both times. Even laced up with the red Bulls uniforms they still would’ve looked great on-court.

Air Jordan 6 Retro "Infrared 23"

Matching Jersey: Chicago Bulls Black Pinstripe

Can you imagine if MJ rocked the “Infrared 23″ Air Jordan 6 Retro on-court? The buzz on these when they dropped was crazy and if people got to see MJ debut them while wearing the black pinstripe Bulls uniforms, they definitely wouldn’t go unnoticed.

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  • jae

    he got game 13s?

  • Kid Vicious

    Never would have wanted to see Mike in those shitball kilroys or those horrriblle infared 6’s never..everything else was pretty much ok..

  • Ping Ronquillo

    Motorboat Jones over Kilroys. End of story.

    • Momodou7

      They’re both hideous

      • Ping Ronquillo

        Thank you for your opinion.

        • Momodou7

          that’s what i do; i give and i give and i give.

  • Momodou7

    Don’t you think putting the 2 most attractive sneakers on the list on the cover picture would attract people? Cuz Kilroys and Infrared23 6s are ugly as fuck.

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