Michael Jordan’s Epic Career

Michael Jordan, born February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York is a former professional American basketball player, businessman, and actor who is often described as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

His 15 season long career consisted of leading the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association (NBA) championships, and won the Most Valuable Player Award five times. With five regular season MVPs, and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan quickly became the most decorated player in the NBA.

The interactive graphic depicts how many points per game Jordan was averaging throughout each season of his career.

Graphic By Gaby Rios

Jordan developed a competitive edge at a young age, and wanted to win every game he played. When he enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, he became an important member of the basketball team, winning the NCAA Division I Championship in 1982, and scored the final basket needed to win the game.

Soon after, Jordan began his professional basketball career when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He helped the team make it to the playoffs, and was scoring an average of 28.2 points per game throughout his first season.

By the late 1980s, the Chicago Bulls were becoming the team to beat, and Jordan was an instrumental part of the team’s success.

Following a short break from the NBA to pursue a baseball career with the Birmingham Barons as an outfielder, Jordan returned to play for the Bulls in 1995, and came back even stronger with an average of 30.4 points per game where he led the team to a then record 72 regular season wins.

After Jordan’s second retirement from basketball in 1999, he joined the Washington Wizards in 2000 where he became part owner and president of the basketball operations.

In the fall of 2001, Jordan decided to withdraw from his duties and joined the Washington Wizards as a basketball player, where he stayed for another two seasons, until retiring for good in 2003.

Communication and Psychology major at the University of Illinois — Chicago