Why Michael Jordan Is the Greatest Basketball Player of All Time?

Ryan Henderson , Dylan Farinet, and EJ Willis

Michael Jordan is considered the best player of all time, not just the best shooting guard. Michael Jordan was the guy that every one in basketball wants to be like. He had the ability to hit clutch shots from anywhere on the floor. He had an explosive drive that left defenders wondering where he went and had unbelievable jumping ability to dunk over the defenders in his way. He won six championships all with the Chicago Bulls, a task of which very, very few NBA players have accomplished. Michael Jordan also was one of the hardest workers. He was cut from his Freshman team in high school, but he didn’t give up there. He continued to work at his game and eventually got a scholarship to North Carolina, one of the best college basketball schools available. He was picked third overall in the NBA draft, but proved in just a short amount of time that he deserved to be picked number one. His famous shot in the playoffs has been recorded and repeated many times. Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player to ever live, and only one person can even compare to him, and that man is Lebron James.

Jordan was a great clutch player. Probably the best in the clutch. But he is NOWHERE to be found on the list of triple doubles. Other players such as Wilt and Bill Russell have either more championships or FAR more 50 point games than Jordan! Jordan played in an era where Olajuwon and the mailman were the main competition. Come on.
Jordan was great in the clutch, but “greatest of all time” can definitely be debated. In basketball, how do you determine the criteria for rating a center against a shooting guard…etc? I think Jordan could be the best shooting guard ever, but there were others whose defense and championship prowess is more legendary than his.

MJ’s Career Stats/Notables 

Awards

Five-time regular season Most Valuable Player, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1997-98.

Won three consecutive NBA Finals MVPs, twice, 1991-93 and 1996-98.

Second player to win seven straight scoring titles, 1986-87 to 1992-93 (Wilt Chamberlain, 1960-66). Also won scoring titles in 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98.

All-NBA first team seven straight years, 1987-93. Also 1996-1998.

All-Defense first team six straight years, 1988-93. Also 1996-1998.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 1988.

NBA Rookie of the Year, 1984-85.

NBA Slam Dunk Champion, 1987, 1988.

NBA All-Star Game MVP, 1988, 1996, 1998.

Sporting News College Player of the Year, 1983, 1984.

Sporting News All-America first team, 1983, 1984.

Records

Bulls’ all-time leading scorer and 3rd all-time leading scorer in NBA with 29,277 points.

Scored a playoff-record 63 points in a 1986 first-round game against Boston.

Set NBA record with 23 consecutive points against Atlanta in 1987.

3,041 points in 1986-87 were the third-highest total in NBA history.

Holds career record for highest-points per game average in regular season, 31.5.

Shares single-game record for most free throws made in one quarter, 14, 1989 at Utah (4th quarter), and 1992 at Miami (4th quarter).

Career record for scoring average in All-Star Game, 21.3 ppg.

Highest scoring average, NBA Finals, 41.0 against Phoenix, 1993.

Most points, six-game series, NBA Finals, 246 against Phoenix, 1993.

Most field goals, NBA Finals, 101 against Phoenix, 1993.

Holds career record for highest-points per game average in playoffs, 33.4.

Holds NBA Finals single-game record for most points in one half, 35.

Other Honors

Led Bulls to three straight World Championships, twice, 1990-91 to 1992-93 and 1995-96 to 1997-98.

Member of United States gold medal-winning Olympic teams in 1984, 1992.

Member of North Carolina national championship team, 1982.

Bulls No. 1 draft pick in 1984, third player selected overall behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie.

Scored career-best 69 points against Cleveland, March 28, 1990.

Scored 50-or-more points 37 times.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYYAy5wVmRE[/youtube]

3 Responses to “Why Michael Jordan Is the Greatest Basketball Player of All Time?”

  1. John Wallace says:

    He is the Greatest ever! Incomparable! To compare ANYONE to him, is an insult to him. He is on a level of his own.

  2. Cheyenne Falls says:

    I’m not sure if words were necessary for this blog, the vidoe would have sufficed! good touch.

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