Thursday, February 21, 2013
His Airness: Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, a.k.a. His Airness, Air Jordan, MJ, Money, Blackcat, turned 50 years old on February 17. Since his NBA debut with the Chicago Bulls in 1984, Jordan has been an icon in the sports world. Not only was he an NBA superstar, he was a baseball player for the Chicago White Sox Double-A minor league team, returned from retirement twice to send shockwaves throughout the NBA lockerrooms, and is the majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team.
Many have debated whether or not Michael Jordan was (or is) the best player to have ever played in the NBA. Jordan proclaims that he is definitely the best player to have ever played the game of basketball. While this may come off as cocky to some critics, his career statistics speak loudly in his defense. Over his career, Jordan has earned 6 NBA National Championship titles, 6 NBA Finals MVP awards, 5 NBA MVP awards, 14 NBA All-Star appearances, 3 NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, 10 NBA Scoring Champion awards, 10 All-NBA First Team awards, 9 NBA All-Defensive First Team awards, 2 NBA Slam Dunk Contest titles, an induction to the NBA Hall of Fame, and the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team. Throughout his career, he averaged 30.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per game.
Based on the stats, it is undeniable that Michael Jordan was the best player during his era in the NBA and probably the best NBA player of All-Time. The ball is in your court --- who do you think is the best NBA player of all time?