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Teams: Chicago Bulls (1984-93, 1995-98), Washington Wizards (2001-03)
Titles: 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Honors: 14-time All-Star, 5-time MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998), 6-time Finals MVP, Rookie of the Year (1985), Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
The player: The standard by which all other players are measured.
Air Jordan was the most skilled, most athletic, toughest, meanest, most inspirational and most competitive of all the shooting guards who have ever played the game.
He dominated both ends of the floor. He also was one of the biggest winners and perhaps the greatest clutch player in history.
The credentials—and pictures—speak for themselves: six championship rings, five MVP awards, six Finals MVP awards, one defensive POY award. And his career numbers were otherworldly, most notably 32,292 points (third all time) and a 30.1 points per game scoring average (first).
Oh, and he averaged 20 points and six rebounds as a 40-year-old! Only his last two seasons in Washington kept him from shooting more than 50 percent for his career.
Jordan had no real weaknesses; he mastered every facet of the game. He dominated a big man's game and was the leader of the only dynasty in NBA history that did not feature a dominant center.
On top of all that, he helped make the NBA a global game. From his trademark tongue wag to his game-winning shot in the 1998 NBA Finals, MJ was the most electrifying player ever to step on a court.
The greatest player of all time.
Career Stats: 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 0.8 BPG, 2.4 SPG.