Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Jordan Scores 20,000
On Jan. 8, 1993, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls picked up the 20,000th point of his NBA career. The historic point came during a big win over the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the 620th game of his career. Only Wilt Chamberlain had reached the milestone faster than Jordan.
Jordan finished his career 32,292 points, and is the third highest scorer all-time behind only Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabar with 38,387 points and Utah Jazz great Karl Malone who scored 36,928 in his career.
Despite not being the leagues All-Time leading scorer, Jordan is recognized as the best, or one of the best players to play the game.
“His Airness” as Jordan has been refereed to has won six NBA Championships, with three-peats in 1991-1993 and 1996-1998. He was the NBA Finals MVP in each of the NBA Championships they won. Jordan won the leagues NBA MVP in 1988, 1991-1992, 1996 and 1998.
Jordan was named an All-Star 14 times, and three times he was named the NBA All-Star game MVP in those games. He was also the NBA defensive player of the year in 1988, and the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1985. He was a 10-time NBA scoring champion and a three-time NBA steals champion.
Jordan was named to the All-NBA First Team 10-times, and ALL-NBA Second Team once, his rookie year. He was nine-times named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, and the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Showing off his high-flying skills Jordan won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in back-to-back years in 1987-1988 beating out Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb for the honors.
On Nov. 1, 1994 the Chicago Bulls retired Michael Jordan’s no. 23 jersey, while he was on his first pseudo-retirement leave from the league
Jordan was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996, while he was still playing for the Bulls.
In 2009 Jordan was inducted into the NBA’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.