Michael Jordan Comparison With The All-Time NBA Greats
This is a comparison of Michael Jordan's numbers with those of the other NBA greatest stars
Although Michael Jordan's numbers and achievements are clearly fantastic at first sight, it is always good to take a look at the big picture. Here we have made a summary of data, stats and awards of MJ and of the other NBA greatest stars.
Although the players listed here have played in different positions on the court, they are considered the best basketball players of all time. This is to say that you can't expect Jordan to have more rebounds than Chamberlain or more assists than Magic, but this comparison can give you a general idea of what the best players have achieved.
|Basic Data||Michael Jordan||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Wilt Chamberlain||Magic Johnson||Larry Bird||Oscar Robertson||Bill Russell|
|Nickname||His Airness||The Big Fella||The Stilt||Magic||Larry Legend||Big O||-|
|Jersey Numbers||23 / 45||33||13||32||33||14 / 1||6|
|Honors and Awards||Michael Jordan||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Wilt Chamberlain||Magic Johnson||Larry Bird||Oscar Robertson||Bill Russell|
|Finals MVP *||6||2||1||3||2||-||-|
|All-NBA 1st Team||10||10||7||9||9||9||3|
|All-NBA 2nd Team||1||5||3||1||1||2||8|
|All-NBA 3rd Team||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|All-Defensive 1st Team *||9||5||2||-||-||-||1|
|All-Defensive 2nd Team||-||6||-||-||3||-||-|
|Def. Player of the Year *||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Steals leader *||3||-||-||2||-||-||-|
|Blocks leader *||-||4||-||-||-||-||-|
|Rookie of the Year||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no|
|Season Stats||Michael Jordan||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Wilt Chamberlain||Magic Johnson||Larry Bird||Oscar Robertson||Bill Russell|
|Points per Game
|Rebounds per Game||6.2||11.2||22.9||7.2||10.0||7.5||22.5|
|Assists per Game||5.3||3.6||4.4||11.2||6.3||9.5||4.3|
|Steals per Game *||2.3||0.9||-||1.9||1.7||1.1||-|
|Field Goal Percentage||.497||.559||.540||.520||.496||.485||.440|
|Free Throw Percentage||.835||.721||.511||.848||.886||.838||.561|
|Playoffs Stats||Michael Jordan||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Wilt Chamberlain||Magic Johnson||Larry Bird||Oscar Robertson||Bill Russell|
|Points per Game||33.4||24.3||22.5||19.5||23.8||22.2||16.2|
|Rebounds per Game||6.4||10.5||24.5||5.7||10.3||6.7||24.9|
|Assists per Game||5.7||3.2||4.2||12.3||6.5||8.9||4.7|
|Field Goal Percentage||.487||.533||.522||.506||.472||.460||.430|
|Free Throw Percentage||.828||.740||.465||.838||.890||.855||.603|
|Other Data||Michael Jordan||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Wilt Chamberlain||Magic Johnson||Larry Bird||Oscar Robertson||Bill Russell|
|All-Star Game MVP||3||-||1||2||1||3||1|
|Season Triple Doubles||28 **||78||138||59||181|
* All-Star Games shows how many times the player was selected for the ASG.
** Michael Jordan's triple doubles detail: 28 triple doubles in Regular Season, 2 triple doubles in Playoffs and 1 triple double in All-Star game (Jordan, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade recorded the only three triple doubles in All-Star Game history) / The other players data only show triple doubles in regular season
About categories and awards:
- the All-Defensive Team honor was established in the 1968-69 season. Chamberlain and Russell would have been there many, many times.
- The Finals MVP award was established for the 1968-69 NBA Finals, It was Russell's final season.
- Steals and blocks: These stats weren't officially recorded until the 1974 season, Russell and Chamberlain could have lead the league in blocks many times, and Abdul-Jabbar surely would have been at the top of the blocks category a couple of times more than the 4 times he was.
- Defensive Player of the Year: this award wasn't issued until the 1983 season, It's safe to say that Bill Russell would have won quite a few of these, and Chamberlain probably would have won it in 1972 and 1973.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Profile at Los Angeles Lakers Universe
Magic Johnson Profile at Los Angeles Lakers Universe
Magic Johnson Profile at Authentic Basketball
Wilt Chamberlain Profile at NBA Universe
NBAUniverse.com has all the details about the NBA scoring leaders, assists leaders, rebounds leaders and all the other stats and awards compared here.