Michael Jordan, the fan labelled GOAT.
Six Championships in eight years, in order Jordan and the Bulls sent home; Magic and the Lakers, Clyde and the Blazers, Barkley and the Suns, Payton and the SuperSonics, Malone and the Jazz x2, and last but not least the Monstars.
There are infinite ‘what if’s’ with Jordan, the big one being what happens if Jordan doesn’t leave to try his hand at baseball over the 94 and 95 seasons. However he’s here at number one on our list regardless. Jordan won five MVP awards, he also finished in the top three of voting on five other occasions.
Jordan sits 42nd all time in assists, 3rd all time in steals, and 4th all time in points.
There are numerous cool little records, stats, and numbers that further depict the brilliance that was Jordan on a basketball court. To name a few:
One of three players in history to win MVP, All-Star MVP, and Finals MVP in the same season. (Shaquille O’Neal and Willis Reed are the other two.)
Highest regular season and post-season scoring averages.
6-0 in the Finals.
Never lost a playoff series with home court advantage.
Scores 63 points in a single playoff game, which is still the playoff record. However, the bulls still left with a loss that night, Bird and the Celtics were ultimately too much.
Third Overall Pick 1984 – Chicago Bulls
9x All-NBA Defense
Rookie of the Year
3x All-Star MVP
6x Finals MVP
Hall of Fame
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: 12 tied, (1).
The Barn Burner: Justin Termine (4).
How did the other guys rank Jordan: Justin Rowan (2).
Average vote: 1.3
From the twittisphere:
@JoshEberley Flu game, Last shot in the 98 Finals, saving the Looney Tunes in Space Jam, 95-96 NBA season 72-10 Bulls team WOW.
— Steven Sparks (@scubasteve4289) October 5, 2015
— Colin MacKay (@coljmackay) October 5, 2015
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#50 Pete Maravich
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#42 Bill Walton
#41 Gary Payton
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#39 Clyde Drexler
#38 Allen Iverson
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#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
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#31 George Gervin
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#25 John Stockton
#24 David Robinson
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#16 Moses Malone
#15 Elgin Baylor
#14 Julius Erving
#13 Jerry West
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#11 Oscar Robertson
#10 Shaquille O’Neal
#9 Kobe Bryant
#8 Tim Duncan
#7 LeBron James
#6 Larry Bird
#5 Wilt Chamberlain
#4 Bill Russell
#3 Magic Johnson
#2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar