There are a few players who, at least in some given moment of their respective careers, somehow managed to overshadow the player today many consider the world sports GOAT – Michael Jordan.
One of those few is 6’9’’ power forward Terry Cummings. A member of the 1984-85 Milwaukee Bucks managed to average more points per game than Jordan in the 1985 EC First-round series between the Bucks and the Bulls, thus becoming the only player who managed to outscore MJ in a postseason series.
Already during the 1984-85 regular season, spectacular Bulls rookie Michael Jordan displayed great willingness to take on the Milwaukee Bucks and their designated defensive specialist, 1983-84 NBA Defensive player of the Year and member of 1984-85 All-defensive 1st team – guard Sidney Moncrief!
In the six 1984-85 NBA, regular-season games vs. the Bucks Jordan averaged 28.8 points per game to go along with 6.3 boards and 6.2 dimes per game, while hitting 53.0% of his field-goal attempts.
In the 1985 postseason Moncrief, along with pioneer point forward Paul Pressey, did a great job in making the 1984-85 NBA Rookie of the Year earn every one of his 29.3 points per game. Jordan shot 43.5% shooting from the field.
At the other end of the floor, Cummings played as a man possessed! He led the Bucks charge while shooting blistering 63.3% from the field and taking down 9.3 boards per game, thus creating complete havoc in the Bulls defense and subsequently leading the Bucks to a convincing 3-1 series triumph.
TC seriously damaged the Bulls chances to advance to EC semifinal round by averaging 29.5 points per game and thus outscoring MJ by 0.2 points per game (118-117 throughout four-game series)!
Although the Bucks eliminated the future EC powerhouse led by a global superstar in the making, they fell to Philadelphia 76ers in the very next round, losing the semifinal series by cumulative 0-4!
The next time the Bulls met the Bucks in the postseason was in 1990. This time around, the surging Bulls won the series by 1-3 and thus advanced to EC semifinals vs. Philadelphia 76ers, which they won by 4-1.
During his illustrious 15-year long playing career Michael Jordan appeared in the total of 37 playoff series, and Terry Cummings is the only player who managed to outscore him in a single playoff series!
Basketball Network contributor Murray A. a.k.a. Marjan Crnogaj, the 1980s and 1990s basketball specialist, is the proud co-author of the Amazon.com TOP 100 basketball biography ‘Drazen – The Years of the Dragon.’