In addition to scoring, MJ assisted on roughly 25% of his teammates' baskets when he was on the court. Jordan was one of the NBA's best playmakers, even though he led the league in scoring 10 times throughout his 11-year career, from 1986-87 to 1997-98. He is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Here are some other facts about Michael Jordan:
He was born on January 4th, 1963.
His full birth name is Michael Jeffrey Jordan. His parents named him after their favorite baseball player, Michael Jordan.
He grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and attended high school in suburban Philadelphia.
During his junior year of high school, he led Presbyterian College to its first undefeated season and national title.
Presbyterian did not have a basketball team so Jordan entered the college game as a forward for the boys' soccer team.
He left Presbyterian after one season to join the Chicago Bulls. He had signed with the Bulls as a free agent but decided to stay there after they offered him $150,000 while other teams were only willing to give him $750,000.
During his rookie season, he helped the Bulls win the championship. Then the following year, he won another ring.
Michael Jordan is regarded as one of the best scorers in basketball history. He could score on defenders in a variety of ways. Many basketball fans are unaware that Michael Jordan was named defensive player of the year in 1988. At the time, it was not an official award given by the NBA but rather it was decided by members of the media who were voting for their favorite defender.
Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to their first NBA championship in 1991. He was voted MVP of that series after he scored 42 points in six games.
After his retirement in 1993, Jordan stayed involved with the league through the years coaching high school basketball and appearing in commercials. In 2004, he returned to the NBA for one final season before turning 40 years old. He finished second in MVP voting that year after helping the Washington Wizards reach the playoffs.
In 2005, Michael Jordan was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Today, many people know about Michael Jordan's scoring abilities but they forget that he was also one of the best defenders in NBA history. He showed off his skills on that side of the ball during his early years with the Chicago Bulls when they were known as the "Bad Boys". In fact, he was named defensive player of the year in 1988 when the award was given out by members of the media instead of by the NBA.
1986 Jordan fully healed in time for the 1986-87 season, and went on to have one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history, becoming the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season, averaging 37.1 points on 48.2 percent shooting.
Jordan's injury was the first of his career, but it didn't stop him from being an all-star for six more seasons, winning three championships and making five more All-NBA teams.
After the 1992-93 season, when Jordan announced his retirement from basketball, he said that he had no intention of playing again because he wanted to spend more time with his family. However, rumors began to spread that he might come out of retirement if the Chicago Bulls made it to the NBA Finals. In June 1995, after the last game of the 1994-95 season, which the Bulls lost to the Houston Rockets, all signs of retirement were put aside as Jordan came back for one final season. He ended up finishing with two more seasons in Chicago and then retiring for good this time.
While rehabbing in Puerto Rico, Jordan met with doctors who told him that he could still play in the NBA. Inspired by their comments, Jordan returned to the court and led the University of North Carolina Tar Heels to the 1996 NCAA Championship game before losing to Kentucky's freshman star, John Wall.
There was a lot to forget about Jordan's final two NBA seasons, which he spent with the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003, as the Wizards failed to make the playoffs both times. But Jordan was still a force, averaging 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in his final two seasons.
In his final season, 2001-02, Jordan played only 44 games due to injury, but he still managed to post 19.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. He also scored 50 or more points five times that season.
In 2002-03, Jordan returned from injury to play 75 games, but he only averaged 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He did score at least 30 points seven times that season.
Overall, Jordan ended his career as one of the greatest players in NBA history, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls. He also owns many other records, such as most consecutive regular season games with at least 20 points (887), most consecutive regular season games with at least 10 assists (551), and most seasons with at least 600 minutes played (11).
After ending his career with the Wizards, Jordan announced that this would be his last season playing in Washington, saying that he didn't want to continue to "waste my time" trying to help a team that wasn't going anywhere.
Michael Jordan participated in 13 games with less than ten points in his career. He scored exactly ten points seven times, including an NBA record-tying six 3-pointers in a game for the Chicago Bulls on November 1, 1995. The other four occasions include one zero point game and three one-point games.
He had two one-point games as a member of the Washington Wizards and one each with the Bulls and the Charlotte Hornets.
His lowest scoring game was also his first game with the Bulls when he had five points. His season ended after suffering bone fractures in his left foot during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 16, 1991.
Before joining the Bulls, Jordan played for the Wizards where they were able to recruit him with the second-worst record in the league. The Bulls went on to hire Jordan as their captain and logo designer before beginning their quest for greatness.
They acquired players such as Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Bill Wennington to form one of the best duos in NBA history. During this time, Jordan led the team to its first of three straight National Basketball Association (NBA) championships.