He led the team to incredible heights with the likes of Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson. MJ was the NBA's box office attraction during that time and he along with others helped promote the game globally.
The likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, etc. all grew up watching Michael Jordan play and wanting to be like him. What made Jordan so great was his ability to score at will. Some of his scoring records are beyond belief and you can see that he turned it up even more during the biggest of games.
Michael Jordan for his career averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists while shooting nearly 50% from the field. Once the playoffs arrived, he would take it up a notch and score more points. With that said, we look at the five times Michael Jordan averaged over 32 points in a season.
Michael Jordan's NBA seasons with highest averages
#5. 1988-89, 32.5 points per game
Michael Jordan averaged 32.5 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds on nearly 54% shooting from the field. He shot 85% from the free throw line and played over 40 minutes a night.
Jordan's best game of the season came against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden where a 26-year-old MJ dropped 52 points while shooting over 54% from the field and 50% from range. He played 42 minutes and the Chicago Bulls left Boston victorious.
However, Michael didn't lead the team to an NBA title that season as the Chicago Bulls lost to the Detroit Pistons in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. MJ had 46 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds against the Pistons in Detroit in Game 3 of that series.
#4. 1992-93, 32.6 points per game
Michael Jordan came into the 1992-93 season as the king of the mountain after having finally won an NBA Championship the previous season. Jordan averaged 32.6 points, 5.5 assists, and 6.7 rebounds on nearly 50% shooting from the field and over 35% from downtown.
His best game of the regular season came in a loss to the Orlando Magic after MJ had 64 points on shooting 55% from the field. Michael had over 14 40-point games in the regular season that campaign.
With the Bulls looking to defend their crown, the onus was on Michael Jordan to take the team to the promised land once again. And that he did. MJ's best playoff performance of the season came in a win against the Phoenix Suns as His Airness dropped 55 points on better than 56% shooting from the field.
#3. 1989-90, 33.6 points per game
Coming into the season as a five-time NBA All-Star, the expectations were on Michael Jordan to once again deliver for the Chicago Bulls. Michael averaged 33.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 6.9 rebounds while shooting nearly 53% from the field.
He led the Bulls to 55 wins in the regular season and played in all 82 games. Jordan also had 22 double-doubles during the regular season and one triple-double.
However, the season ended in disappointment with a loss to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, albeit in seven games. One of MJ's best-ever performances came in that series in Game 3 where he scored 47 points and collected 10 rebounds.
#2. 1987-88, 35 points per game
Having played in all 82 games of the regular season, Michael Jordan averaged 35 points, 5.9 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game that campaign. He shot over 53% from the field and over 84% from the free throw line.
Jordan's best performance of the regular season came in a win against the Detroit Pistons, as MJ dropped 59 points on nearly 78% shooting from the field.
Unfortunately, the Chicago Bulls exited the playoffs after being knocked out by the Detroit Pistons in the second round. That was after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games, including a 55-points Game 2 win in Chicago. However, MJ won the first of his five MVP awards this season.
#1. 1986-87, 37.1 points per game
Michael Jordan's 1986-87 season was the sixth highest points per game season in the history of the NBA. MJ averaged 37.1 points, 4.6 assists, and 5.2 rebounds while shooting over 48% from the field and over 85% from the free throw line.
One of his best performances of the regular season came against the New York Knicks in the season opener, where he dropped 50 points on better than 48% shooting from the field.
Yet, the Chicago Bulls were eliminated in the first round by the Boston Celtics in three games, despite Michael Jordan dropping 42 points in Game 2 on 48% shooting from the field.
It was a disappointing end to what was a remarkable season for Jordan as the NBA was in awe of this remarkable kid from North Carolina.