Michael Jordan accumulated ten scoring titles during his thirteen-season tenure with Chicago, seven of which came in consecutive seasons. He has the highest PPG in NBA history (30.12) and still holds the record for most points scored in a single playoff game (63).
If you were to add his 179 playoff games to his 1,109 career games with the Bulls, Jordan had one game with fewer than 10 points and five 60+ point games. He has 38 playoff games of scoring more than 40, as well as 138 regular season performances of reaching that threshold.
This is just a tip of the iceberg of MJ’s scoring numbers, but it’s enough to make a point – Michael is one of the greatest scorers the NBA has ever seen. If he’s not the greatest, the conversation is between him and Wilt Chamberlain. And while Wilt’s video-game numbers still top MJ’s for the most part, there’s one stat where Michael dominates The Big Dipper and every all-time great bucket-getter the NBA has witnessed. And this one might be the most impressive.
Blazers, Jazz, Suns, Bucks, Spurs, Hornets, Celtics, Cavaliers, Rockets, Heat, Nets, Pacers, Hawks, Magic, Nuggets, Timberwolves – this is the list, with the Trail Blazers being the team MJ has the highest scoring average against (33.9). Wilt is second on this list, as he owns the highest scoring average against 6 teams (Lakers, Sixers, Kings, Pistons, Knicks, Wizards).
In terms of being able to deliver no matter the opponent, Michael is light-years ahead of everyone else, Chamberlain included. So add this to MJ’s iceberg of scoring accomplishments. It’s a good counter to Wilt’s video-game performances when deciding who the better scorer of the two was.