Michael Jordan Stats That Prove His Greatness

Updated on October 28, 2018

Here you will find Michael Jordan stats regarding both his offense and defense, explanations as to why these statistics are so impressive and a lot of Michael Jordan’s seemingly endless accomplishments. Now, this article will give you all the information you need to explain Jordan’s greatness to your stubborn friends.

Love this visual, a lot of stats here. Worth checking out, didn't want this article to be too dense with every stat out there
Love this visual, a lot of stats here. Worth checking out, didn't want this article to be too dense with every stat out there

A Season of Dominance

I believe beginning with a discussion of Jordan’s 87-88 season will set the tone for this article well. In the 1987-88 season, Michael Jordan led the league in scoring with 35 points a game, was named the defensive player of the year and won MVP. The next highest scorer was Dominque Wilkins with 30 points a game. Jordan played all 82 games that so a 5-point differential 82 times comes up to a pretty wide margin. Jordan is a 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, but this year he won Defensive player of the year. This is one of the 3 times Jordan led the league in steals. Jordan was the best player in the NBA on defense and by far the best player on offense. On top of all this, Jordan won the dunk contest this year too. Even crazier, this was only his 4th season in the NBA and he missed almost all of his sophomore year with an injury. The next season 1988-89 Jordan averaged 32 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds a game.

Jordan dunking from the free throw line in the 1988 dunk contest
Jordan dunking from the free throw line in the 1988 dunk contest

Unstoppable Offense

Offensively, Jordan has a very long list of accomplishments. Led the NBA in scoring 9 times, the first time was his 3rd season and he would go on to lead the league in scoring every single season he played until he unretired the second time to play with Washington. Basically, he led the league in scoring every single season he played beside his rookie year and the last two with the Wizards (he was 39 and 40 years old). Jordan averaged 37 points a game one season. The only player in the history of the NBA to average more points in a single season is Wilt Chamberlain. Even with Wilts unreal scoring displays Jordan still has a better career points per game average. Jordan has won 10 NBA scoring titles and Wilt 7 (LeBron only has 1). No other players have ever even come close to this length of dominance. Allen Iverson, Kevin Durant, and George Gervin are next, all with 4, 4! That is less than half the number of years Jordan led the league in scoring. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for career points scored and only led the league in scoring twice. So to clarify, Jordan was the best scorer in the league more times than any else, ever and averages more points per game than any else, ever.

Jordan's Best Moves In Action

Legendary Defense

Defensively, Jordan was just as dominant. Jordan has been selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team 9 times, the most first-team selections ever. He shares this honor with Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. Jordan also won Defensive Player of the Year after the 1987-88 season, very rare for a guard to win this award. Only 3 guards have ever been named DPOY; Sidney Moncrief, Gary Payton and of course, Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan also led the NBA in steals for 3 seasons. Only one player has led the league in steals more times than Jordan and that’s Chris Paul. So to clarify Jordan was the most dominant defensive player in the league more times than anyone else.

Jordan applies some defensive pressure on Magic Johnson
Jordan applies some defensive pressure on Magic Johnson

The Classics

Michael Jordan was named NBA Most Valuable player 5 seasons. The only player to be MVP more times than Jordan is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Jordan also has 6 rings. Excluding the players on the 50s and 60s Celtics teams the only player with more championships than Jordan is Robert Horry. Of those 6 rings, Jordan was Finals MVP all 6 times. Jordan has the most Finals MVP awards and the next closest players only have 3.

Great visual shows "all trophies" count
Great visual shows "all trophies" count

This article is full of statistics and hopefully low on opinion (to keep this one objective). Now next time you get in an argument over who is really the Greatest of All Time pull up this article and you will be armed with statistic after statistic so you can properly frame the greatness of Michael “Air” Jordan.

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