It is early 2011 and the NBA season is in full effect. And yet as many B/R observers notice, people still cannot get their minds off of Michael Jordan, or trying to compare players to him. Some fans seem angry about it but they should not be; MJ was a total beast throughout!
Yes, there are the easy things to remember about Jordan, such as the six titles and six Finals MVP's, but in this story some of Jordan's records which still stand to this very day attest to his greatness on the court.
One record that still stand today is when Jordan and the Bulls played Miami in 1992. He broke two records in one half of that game. He made 20 free throws in a half, which is a record, and he took 23, which is also still a record.
Jordan tied an all-time defensive record once, with eight steals in a HALF! This is still an NBA record. In fact, Jordan is also tied for the all-time record of three times leading the NBA in steals.
Scoring was obviously Jordan's stand-out skill (as was defense) and he still holds the all-time record for leading the NBA in total points scored 11 times! Additionally, it is also an all-time record that Jordan led the NBA in scoring 10 times.
Also, an all-time record is Michael's career regular season scoring average of 30.12 points per game. He also holds the all-time playoff points per game record with 33.5!
Michael Jordan produced an amazing all-time regular season record 563 games where he scored over 30 points.
Also, an amazing all-time record was Jordan's string of 866 straight regular season games scoring in double figures!
In the playoffs Jordan was no slouch. He STILL (after 25 years) has the all-time record for most points ever in a playoff game with 63 vs. the Celtics in 1986. Jordan's first ever game where he scored over 50 points was the 63 in the playoffs. Wow!
Another all-time playoff record Jordan still holds is that he made 24 shots from the field against Cleveland in 1988. Against Detroit in 1991, Jordan made 13 free throws in a quarter, which is still an all-time playoff record.
Jordan holds the record for the most points in a three game playoff series with 135 (45.0 ppg). This record can never be broken since even first round series now go to seven games and not five like before. He made 53 shots from the field in that three game series—also a record.
He also holds the record for most points in a five game series with 226 points vs Cleveland in 1988 (45.2 ppg). He holds an all-time playoff record for most field goals made in a six game series, and it was in the 1993 NBA Finals vs Phoenix.
Jordan actually holds the record for most points ever scored in the playoffs period with 5,987 (record 33.5 ppg).
MJ holds the all-time record with eight 50-plus point playoff games. He also holds the all-time playoff record for most 40-plus point games with 38 and he ALSO holds the all-time playoff record for the most 30-plus point playoff games with 109, and he ALSO holds the all-time playoff record of most ever 20-plus point playoff games with 173! He played in 179 career playoff games.
In fact, another all-time record Jordan holds is another playoff record. He is the only player in NBA history to never once score under 15 points in any playoff game he ever played in. Talk about clutch.
The record for the only player ever to score 50-plus points in back to back playoff games is Jordan with 50 then 55 vs. Cleveland in 1988. He also holds the record being the only player to ever score 45 points or more in three straight playoff games.
In one playoff span Jordan set and still holds an all-time playoff record by scoring over 20 points 60 consecutive times! Also his 179 straight (all his playoff games ever) playoff games over 15 points is an all-time record. In fact, no one but Jordan has even scored 10 points in 179 straight playoff games, and he went for 15-plus every time.
Jordan holds the all-time record by being the ONLY player in NBA history to never once score under 20 points in a Finals game! He played 35 Finals games, and 35 times over 20 points in the Finals is also a record.
Jordan holds the all-time record for free throws made in the playoffs with 1,463.
Jordan set and holds the all-time Finals record of 35 points in a half vs. Portland in 1992. He holds the all-time Finals record of 14 field goals in a half and he tied an all-time Finals record of six threes in a half in the 1992 game. So much for his sub-par three shooting when the guy holds an all-time record for threes.
Jordan has the all time Finals record for free throws in a quarter with nine and he still holds the highest ever scoring average in a Finals series with 41.0 ppg in 1993. he also holds the all-time Finals six game record of 246 points and 101 field goals made. Jordan never had a Finals series go to seven games and he never lost in the Finals.
Defensively Jordan set a Finals record vs LA in 1991 for 14 steals in a five game series.
When Jordan was old and came back for the Wizards, he set records too!
Jordan is the oldest player in NBA history to score over 50 points in a game when he scored 51 vs Charlotte at 38 years and 315 days old.
MJ is also the only player in NBA history to score over 40 points at age 40, and he did it twice!
Jordan recorded more 30 point per game plus seasons than any player ever with eight, and his seven consecutively is also a record (tied with Wilt).
Jordan holds the all-time record for the most blocked shots ever by a guard with 893! His 131 blocks in a single 82 game season is the most ever recorded by a guard! Jordan also became the first player ever (only Olajuwon and Pippen also did it later) with 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season, and he did it twice—1988 and 1989.
Jordan is the player with the most combinations of scoring titles and All-Defensive First team honors with nine! He's also the ONLY player to win the scoring title and the Defensive Player of the Year award in the same season. His 35.0 scoring average is the highest for any DPOY winner! Jordan won the NBA championship and the scoring title in the same season SIX times (Jabbar did it once), most by any player, and his 32.6 scoring average is the highest for any player in a championship season.
Jordan is the only perimeter player in NBA history to average 30 points in a single season while shooting 50.0 percent from the field! and he did FIVE times! Jordan had a streak of 632 games without losing three straight games, most by any player! Jordan's combination of 10 scoring titles, five league MVPs, six Finals MVPs, 10 All-NBA First team honors and nine All-Defensive First team honor will NEVER be matched.
Jordan was the main guy on the team with the greatest record ever with 72-10. Jordan was NBA and Finals MVP that year. The Bulls started the season 41-3 which is an all-time record. The Bulls road record that year is an all-time record with 33-8. Home=39-2.
The Bulls set a record for the biggest Finals win ever by beating the Jazz by 42 points.
Finally, the season after Jordan retired from the Bulls the league went on strike and the Bulls scored 81.9 points per game which is the all-time record lowest points ever by a team for a season.
NBA fans, these are only some of the reasons why WE WILL NEVER FORGET MJ and NO ONE will ever pass him as the greatest ever. Don't hate on the greatest player ever in the NBA but embrace exactly how amazing the man was on the court!