Who is the greatest NBA villain of our time?
Well, it depends. Is it enough to say a villain is someone who is hated? That’s an impossibly subjective arrangement. Hate is complicated.
Perhaps a better, more quantifiable definition is this: An NBA villain wrecks stuff. Anyone can kick a cameraman or rack up technical fouls; a true villain alters legacies.
So was Jordan the villain of our time? Certainly he was fierce enough: The swath of destruction he cut through the league was wide and complete, though relatively concentrated — bookended on one side by the Bad Boy Pistons, and interrupted by his first and second retirements.