It seems every day that people forget about the dominance of His Airness throughout the 80s and 90s.The guy was a living legend his entire career, and put up some of the craziest stats that we've ever seen.
Let's look back at Jordan's numbers and remember why he's truly the Greatest of All Time.
4. 37.1 PPG in His Third Season
Michael Jordan's 1986-87 season is one of the most insane statistical seasons of all time. He averaged 37.1 points per game, higher than anyone not named Wilt Chamberlain. When you take into account his playoff explosions that year against the Celtics, where he had 63 points and inspired Larry Bird to say, "He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it's just God disguised as Michael Jordan," it's hard to deny how great Jordan really was in just his third season.
3. 5 MVPs and Two Absolute Robberies
Michael Jordan won the MVP on five distinct occasions: 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998. In both 1993 and 1997, voters were just tired of picking him as the MVP, and voted for two subpar players with subpar stats in Charles Barkley and Karl Malone.
Just look at their stats:
Barkley 1993: 25.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.6 SPG
Jordan 1993: 32.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5.5 APG, League Leader in Steals (2.8), 1st Team All-NBA
Malone 1997: 27.0 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1st Team All-Defense
Jordan 1997: 29.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1st Team All-Defense, Finals MVP
Jordan should have 7 MVPs.
2. Playoffs Dominance
Jordan stepped it up when it mattered.
MJ's Career averages in points, rebounds, assists, minutes, and steals are all remarkable in the regular season for his career: 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 38.3 minutes, and 2.3 steals are all incredible numbers to put up.
But in the playoffs? Just next level: 33.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and ZERO games with fewer than 20 points in the Finals. The dude never choked.
1. 6/6 in Finals Appearances
Michael Jordan never lost an NBA Finals.
That is a truly incredible statistic. He went to the highest stage in basketball six times, and never lost. People try and discredit that stat by saying he didn't make it out of the East multiple times, but look at who he lost to: the 80s Celtics, one of the greatest Dynasties of all time, and the Bad Boy Pistons.
Compare that to LeBron, or Wilt, or whoever you want, and their competition and ability to surpass them are wildly inferior.
Jordan for the win.