Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Who is the G.O.A.T - NBA Edition Part 2

Michael Jordan

Next up in the series is Michael Jordan. Many people consider him the G.O.A.T right now. The reason for the series is to determine that when compared side by side if he actually is the G.O.A.T.

Current Ranks

Regular Season 

Games Played - 82nd with 1072 games
Minutes Played - 26th with 41011 minutes
3-Pt Field Goals - 230th with 581 3-Pt field goals
Field Goals - 4th with 12192 field goals
Total Rebounds - 122nd with 6672 rebounds
Assists - 43rd with 5633 assists
Steals - 3rd with 2514 steals
Points - 4th with 32292 points


Games Played - 18th with 179 games
Minutes Played - 12th with 7474 minutes
3-Pt Field Goals - 30th with 148 3-Pt field goals
Field Goals - 2nd with 2188 field goals
Total Rebounds - 35th with 1152 rebounds
Assists - 10th with 1022 assists
Steals - 2nd with 376 steals
Points - 1st with 5987 points


6x NBA Finals appearances 
6x NBA Champion
6x NBA Finals MVP
14x NBA All-Star
3x NBA All-Star Game MVP
10x All-NBA First Team
9x All-Defensive First Team
1x NBA Defensive Player of the Year
10x NBA Scoring Champion
NBA Rookie of the Year
3x AP Athlete of the Year
2x Olympic Medalist

Based on just the rankings, a major area of his greatness came in the scoring and defensive categories. The Accolades speak for themselves when talking about a 6 time NBA champion and a 5 time NBA MVP. The biggest gap in the conversation for the G.O.A.T is the defensive awards. With 9 All-Defensive First Team and NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the defensive end was one of his top priorities. The early years saw Jordan and the Bulls struggled to have a winning record and struggles in the playoffs. The first two years the Bulls had a losing record, and he had an injury in his second season to cause him to miss games. Even when he wasn't winning Jordan was an elite scoring leading the league a total of 10 times in scoring. Michaels Jordan's first championship didn't come until the 1990-91 season in which they won 61 games. Jordan averaged 31.5 ppg that year. In his first 3 championships, the Bulls defeated the likes of Lakers, Trail Blazers, and Suns. The Lakers were the best team the Bulls faced out of the 3. In the 1992-93 season, Jordan averaged 41 ppg and took home the Finals MVP award for the 3rd straight year. The main thing that separates Jordan is the ability to score. The constant is the scoring, but Jordan like everyone else on the list couldn't do it alone and had to have help. Jordan decided to retire which takes away from some of the impressive numbers and leaves a what if feeling during that period. The Bulls would again go on another 3-peat when he came back to basketball. With 6 championships, Jordan will always be in the conversation of greatest player of all time. The one thing that made Jordan a hero and in many people's eyes a basketball god is the period in which he played. The league needed star power and face of the league, and Jordan became the face of the league. The reality is no one had seen anyone that talented of a scorer who had the total package of marketing and skill. The game and the players have involved since the playing days of some of the past greats. He was a great scorer, defender, athlete, and showman. The big question is, Is Jordan the real G.O.A.T?

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