Than wayne did in LA. There were lots of great players in all kinds of sports who never won a championship, that isn't always held against them either. Nobody questions Wendle's heart after all. The fact that Wayne never won a cup after he left the oilers shouldn't be held against him. He played on some pretty bad teams, and he was far enough past his prime that he was no longer his dominant self, but was still good enough to be one of the top 7 forwards in the league. Even up until he retired (or at least almost). I wouldn't say Jordan retired out of boredom, his time with the wizards was probably less remarkable than gretzky's last season.
Wayne was also better than advertised defensively. He spent an awful lot of time on the PK after all. True enough, even his time on the PK was an offensive affair but Gretzky wasn't exactly a liability in his own end. He was no beast in the corners but he and his lines always did enough to win.
Also Jordan's offensive numbers through his best years aren't as dominating as Wayne's through his best years. But yeah, Jordan could have probably been hall of fame material based on his D alone.
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