Michael Jordan celebrated his 53rd birthday on Wednesday. Our own Chris Kamka compiled some of the craziest stats from Jordan's unparalleled NBA career.
Points by game:
|Points||Number of times|
Jordan scored 10+ points in each of his first 89 career NBA games. Then he had eight points (in only 16 minutes off the bench right after coming back from foot injury) in game No. 90.
Then played the last 840 consecutive games of his Bulls career without scoring fewer than 10 points.
He added an additional 26 games to that streak with the Wizards to bring the total to 866 straight games, an NBA record.
From 1984-85 to 1997-98 (his Bulls years), Jordan had 30 games of at least 50 points. The next highest total over that span was seven, by Dominique Wilkins. And that's despite Jordan missing over a season and a half to play baseball.
Speaking of baseball, Jordan had 30 steals for the Birmingham Barons in 1994. Then he returned to the Bulls for the end of the 1994-95 season and had exactly 30 steals. Only once did an opposing player score 50+ against the Bulls in a game in which Jordan appeared (Dominique Wilkins 57, 12/10/86)
From 1984-85 to 1997-98, Jordan scored 29,277 points, which was 24.23% of the Bulls' 120,818 points. And that's despite Jordan missing over a season and a half to play baseball (and despite missing 64 games with a foot injury in 1985-86).
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Jordan appeared in 13 seasons with Bulls.
- in 1985-86 he played only 18 games due to injury
- in 1994-95 he played only 17 games after returning from baseball
- Jordan led the NBA in points scored in each of the other 11 seasons (led NBA in PPG in 10 of those seasons)
As a rookie in 1984-85, Jordan scored no fewer than 13 points in a game. He was held under 20 only nine times.
40+ point games with Bulls:
50+ point games with Bulls:
*Chet Walker, Jamal Crawford & Jimmy Butler - one each
40+ point games with Bulls:
|Player||40+ point games||Games|
|Michael Jordan's rookie year||7||82|
|Jimmy Butler's career||3||304|
|Derrick Rose's career||2||385|
|Luol Deng's Bulls career||1||637|
From March 25 to April 14, 1989 (11 games):
Michael Jordan averaged 33.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 11.4 APG, had triple-double in 10 of 11 games (and had a career-high 17 assists in the game before that 11-game stretch - March 24th)
When Jordan scored a career-high 3,041 points in 1986-87, he made only 12 3-pointers. He later made a career-high 111 3-pointers in both 1995-96 and 1996-97.
During the six Bulls championship seasons, Jordan missed a total of six games: Two in 1991-92 and four in 1992-93. He played in 82 games in each of the last three championship seasons.
On Feb 26, 1987, Jordan (58 points) outscored the Nets' entire starting five (54 points)
On Jan 21, 1997, Jordan scored 51 of the Bulls' 88 points (58.0% of his team's points)
Michael Jordan is one of only three players in NBA history with five or more MVP awards. He and Bill Russell have won the award five times, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won it six times.
Michael Jordan won NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1987-88. He is only player to win the award while averaging over 30 PPG (35.0 PPG)
Michael Jordan passed Bob Love's franchise record of 12,623 points in a Bulls uniform on January 26, 1990. At age 26 years, 343 days.
Michael Jordan reached 10,000 points for his NBA career on January 25, 1989. At age 25 years, 343 days.
Jordan's 37.1 PPG in 1986-87 was highest in a season in NBA since Wilt Chamberlain (44.8 PPG in 1962-63). Since that season, the highest anyone other than Jordan has reached was Kobe Bryant's 35.4 PPG in 2005-06.
Jordan is the only player in NBA history to score 40+ points in a game after turning 40 (43 points at age 40 years, 4 days with Wizards on Feb 21, 2003)
In the playoffs:
Jordan scored 20+ points in each of his last 47 consecutive postseason games. (Last 7 of 1996, then all 19 in 1997, and all 21 in 1998) His 33.4 points per game in 179 career playoff games is an NBA record.
Jordan's three Minor League home runs in 1994 (with Birmingham Barons):
July 30, off Kevin Rychel (Carolina)
August 8, off Jeff Ware (Knoxville)
August 20, off Glen Cullop (Chattanooga)