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The Emergence of Michael Jordan

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Before starting his campaign of winning several championships and becoming the GOAT, MJ was known as the most prolific scorer the leagues has ever seen after Wilt Chamberlain retired from the game of basketball. Unlike many other young players who need time to get accustomed to the NBA, MJ immediately had an impact on the league.

In 1986-87, Jordan began a string of consecutive NBA scoring titles that would last for seven seasons until his surprise temporary retirement in 1993. He scored a career-high 37.1 points per game and became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to top 3,000 points in a season.

In November and December, he went on a rampage and rang up 40 points or more in nine straight games. He poured in 58 points against the New Jersey Nets on February 26, then toasted the Atlanta Hawks for 61 on April 16 in a game in which he sank an NBA-record 23 points in a row. Jordan also became the first player in league history to record 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a season.

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Jordan played in the All-Star Game, won the Slam Dunk Championship, and was named to the All-NBA First Team. Despite Jordan's all-world performance, the Bulls still couldn't break above the .500 mark. They slipped a notch in the Central Division, finishing fifth with a 40-42 record, and drew Boston in the first round of the playoffs. For the second straight year, the Celtics sent the Bulls home with a three-game sweep. Jordan averaged 35.7 points but shot just .417 from the field in that series.
It’s safe to say MJ had some really tough years when entering the league and it took time for the Bulls management to assemble a team that was able to compete for a championship.

The rest is history…

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