Michael Jordan is often regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, though there is no consensus when it comes to Jordan’s most impressive season. Jordan led the league in scoring on 10 separate occasions and averaged at least 30 points eight times. Jordan’s 37.1 points per game over the course of the 1986-1987 season, his third in the league, was his most prolific.
However, Jordan shot just 18 percent from three-point range that year and 48 percent from the field. Four years later, he averaged 31.5 points per game while improving his three-point accuracy to 31 percent. He shot just under 54 percent from the field that year, the most efficient shooting season of his career.
It should be noted that Jordan’s reputation is not bases solely on his scoring abilities. Throughout the 1988-1989 season, he managed eight rebounds and eight assists per game, both career highs, all while putting up 32.5 points per night. A talented defender, Jordan led the league in steals in 1987-1988, 1989-1990, and 1992-1993. He averaged at least 32 points per game in each of those seasons, further emphasizing his all-around talents.
In some cases, a player’s finest season is signified by individual awards. From 1985 to 1998, Jordan played in every All Star game he was eligible for. He achieved the All Star Game MVP award three times, the league MVP award five times, and the NBA Finals MVP award six times.