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NBA: Ranking Michael Jordan's 5 MVP's

Gautam Varier
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Top 5 / Top 10
Timeless

#4 1995-96

Mich
Michael Jordan and Gary Payton

Season Averages: 30.4 Points, 6.6 Rebounds, 4.3 Assists, 2.2 Steals

Coming off his 1st retirement and his first Playoff series loss since 1990, Jordan decided to change his game a bit. Now in his 30s and no longer the athlete he once was, MJ favored more of a back to the basket game. The end result was the same as before of course. He once again averaged over 30 Points a game and led the league but wasn't as efficient as his other MVP seasons higher up the list. His shooting from the field dipped to 49% which is still pretty impressive and he did shoot 42% from 3.

Also read: 5 Untouchable feats of Michael Jordan

For all the accolades he received this year, it was obviously overshadowed by the Bulls setting the record for most wins in a season with 72. They only lost once on their way to the Finals and beat the 64 win Sonics in 6 games to capture their 4th title.

While it was a great season for the Bulls, MJ's stats did begin to take a downturn after coming back. His efficiency went down as he favored more of the mid-range game and the only reason the 3 point % was this high was that the NBA had shortened the distance to 22 feet from 1994-97. The assist totals also slipped to under 5 a game for the 1st time since his 3rd year.

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