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Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also a businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.

Michael Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time."

Michael Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

Michael Jordan played 3 seasons for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. He was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982. Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984 as the 3rd overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness".

He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his 1st NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat".

Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to 3 additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.

Jordan retired for a 2nd time in January 1999, but returned for 2 more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.

Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include 5 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, 10 All-NBA First Team designations, 9 All-Defensive First Team honors, 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, 3 All-Star Game MVP Awards, 10 scoring titles, 3 steals titles, 6 NBA Finals MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was 2nd to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. Jordan is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame, having been enshrined in 2009 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as part of the group induction of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team").

Michael Jordan is also known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. In 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the then-Charlotte Bobcats, buying controlling interest in 2010. In 2015, Michael Jordan became the first billionaire NBA player in history.


CAREER AVERAGES                                                                                                                     
                REBOUNDS PER GAME  
  YEAR TEAM G GS MPG  FG%  3P%  FT%  OFF  DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
 84-85 CHI 82 82 38.3 .515 .173 .845 2.00 4.50 6.50 5.9 2.39 .84 3.55 3.50 28.2
 85-86 CHI 18 7 25.1 .457 .167 .840 1.30 2.30 3.60 2.9 2.06 1.17 2.50 2.60 22.7
 86-87 CHI 82 82 40.0 .482 .182 .857 2.00 3.20 5.20 4.6 2.88 1.52 3.32 2.90 37.1
 87-88 CHI 82 82 40.4 .535 .132 .841 1.70 3.80 5.50 5.9 3.16 1.60 3.07 3.30 35.0
 88-89 CHI 81 81 40.2 .538 .276 .850 1.80 6.20 8.00 8.0 2.89 .80 3.58 3.00 32.5
 89-90 CHI 82 82 39.0 .526 .376 .848 1.70 5.10 6.90 6.3 2.77 .66 3.01 2.90 33.6
 90-91 CHI 82 82 37.0 .539 .312 .851 1.40 4.60 6.00 5.5 2.72 1.01 2.46 2.80 31.5
 91-92 CHI 80 80 38.8 .519 .270 .832 1.10 5.30 6.40 6.1 2.28 .94 2.50 2.50 30.1
 92-93 CHI 78 78 39.3 .495 .352 .837 1.70 5.00 6.70 5.5 2.83 .78 2.65 2.40 32.6
 94-95 CHI 17 17 39.3 .411 .500 .801 1.50 5.40 6.90 5.3 1.76 .76 2.06 2.80 26.9
 95-96 CHI 82 82 37.7 .495 .427 .834 1.80 4.80 6.60 4.3 2.20 .51 2.40 2.40 30.4
 96-97 CHI 82 82 37.9 .486 .374 .833 1.40 4.50 5.90 4.3 1.71 .54 2.02 1.90 29.6
 97-98 CHI 82 82 38.8 .465 .238 .784 1.60 4.20 5.80 3.5 1.72 .55 2.26 1.80 28.7
 01-02 WAS 60 53 34.9 .416 .189 .790 .80 4.80 5.70 5.2 1.42 .43 2.70 2.00 22.9
 02-03 WAS 82 67 37.0 .445 .291 .821 .90 5.20 6.10 3.8 1.50 .48 2.11 2.10 20.0

 

CAREER

 


1,072


1,039


38.3


.497


.327


.835


1.60


4.70


6.20


5.3


2.35


.83


2.73


2.60


30.1

 Playoff   179 179 41.8 .487 .332 .828 1.70 4.70 6.40 5.7 2.10 .88 3.05 3.00 33.4
 All-Star   13 13 29.4 .472 .273 .750 1.70 3.00 4.70 4.2 2.85 .46 3.23 2.40 20.2

 


CAREER TOTALS
            REBOUNDS  
YEAR TEAM MIN  FGM-A  3PM-A  FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
 84-85 CHI 3,144 837-1,625 9-52 630-746 167 367 534 481 196 69 291 285 2,313
 85-86 CHI 451 150-328 3-18 105-125 23 41 64 53 37 21 45 46 408
 86-87 CHI 3,281 1,098-2,279 12-66 833-972 166 264 430 377 236 125 272 237 3,041
 87-88 CHI 3,311 1,069-1,998 7-53 723-860 139 310 449 485 259 131 252 270 2,868
 88-89 CHI 3,255 966-1,795 27-98 674-793 149 503 652 650 234 65 290 247 2,633
 89-90 CHI 3,197 1,034-1,964 92-245 593-699 143 422 565 519 227 54 247 241 2,753
 90-91 CHI 3,034 990-1,837 29-93 571-671 118 374 492 453 223 83 202 229 2,580
 91-92 CHI 3,102 943-1,818 27-100 491-590 91 420 511 489 182 75 200 201 2,404
 92-93 CHI 3,067 992-2,003 81-230 476-569 135 387 522 428 221 61 207 188 2,541
 94-95 CHI 668 166-404 16-32 109-136 25 92 117 90 30 13 35 47 457
 95-96 CHI 3,090 916-1,850 111-260 548-657 148 395 543 352 180 42 197 195 2,491
 96-97 CHI 3,106 920-1,892 111-297 480-576 113 369 482 352 140 44 166 156 2,431
 97-98 CHI 3,181 881-1,893 30-126 565-721 130 345 475 283 141 45 185 151 2,357
 01-02 WAS 2,093 551-1,324 10-53 263-333 50 289 339 310 85 26 162 119 1,375
 02-03 WAS 3,031 679-1,527 16-55 266-324 71 426 497 311 123 39 173 171 1,640

 

CAREER

 


41,011


12,192-24,537


581-1,778


7,327-8,772


1,668


5,004


6,672


5,633


2,514


893


2,924


2,783


32,292