HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #1 Michael Jordan

Jordan dunk

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.

The Resume:

Third Overall Pick 1984 – Chicago Bulls

14x All-Star

11x All-NBA

9x All-NBA Defense

Rookie of the Year

3x All-Star MVP

5x MVP

6x Finals MVP

6x Champion

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

 

3 JAN 1996: MICHAEL JORDAN OF THE CHICAGO BULLS, LEFT, AND HAKEEM OLAJUWON OF THE HOUSTON ROCKETS BATTLE FOR POSITION UNDER THE BASKET DURING FIRST QUARTER ACTION WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE UNITED CENTER IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. THE BULLS WENT ON TO BEAT THE RO

 

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Contributors:

Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic

 

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens
#48 Wes Unseld
#47 Dolph Schayes
#46 Paul Pierce
#45 Kevin Durant
#44 Dominique Wilkins
#43 Chris Paul
#42 Bill Walton
#41 Gary Payton
#40 Elvin Hayes
#39 Clyde Drexler
#38 Allen Iverson
#37 Steve Nash
#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
#33 Kevin McHale
#32 Jason Kidd
#31 George Gervin
#30 Walt Frazier
#29 Dwyane Wade
#28 Rick Barry
#27 Bob Cousy
#26 Scottie Pippen
#25 John Stockton
#24 David Robinson
#23 Dirk Nowtizki
#22 John Havlicek
#21 Isiah Thomas
#20 Bob Pettit
#19 Kevin Garnett
#18 Charles Barkley
#17 Karl Malone
#16 Moses Malone
#15 Elgin Baylor
#14 Julius Erving
#13 Jerry West
#12 Hakeem Olajuwon
#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

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