Michael Jordan is the most legendary hooper ever. He’s piled up dozens of personal accolades and records that aren’t likely to be matched on a lifetime.
Jordan took all that was done before him and took it to another level. Also, all those that came after him still haven’t been able to dominate the same way he did. Don’t get me wrong, being second to Michael Jordan shouldn’t be considered a bad thing, it’s just that no one will ever surpass him in the GOAT list.
And one of the things that made Jordan stand out the most from the rest of the pack is how often he delivered when it mattered the most. He never lost in the NBA Finals. Hell, he didn’t even play a Game 7 in the Finals. Once he got there, he entered an unprecedented assassin mode.
Jordan got the job done. No excuses. And that’s why he’s holding an NBA-record 6 Finals MVP to go along with his perfect 6/6 record in basketball’s ultimate stage.
As a matter of fact, Jordan even has twice as many Finals MVP awards as those that come second in the list. Legends of the game like Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, and even Shaquille O’Neal.
Other than LeBron, all of those players shared the court with other mythical players that ended up taking home one Finals MVP award, but nobody else ate during Jordan’s watch. He was the alpha dog, and he made damn sure to earn every single one of those accolades.
Some may argue that the Finals MVP award didn’t exist back in Bill Russell’s time, so he’d likely have the same or more awards than His Airness, but we’re not here to discuss hypotheticals, just facts.
And the fact is that Michael Jordan averaged 33.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game on 48/36/80 shooting splits while playing 43.0 minutes in the NBA Finals. He literally did it all, no disrespect to Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, or any other player, but Jordan got the job done every single time.
So, next time someone asks why do you think Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever, you don’t even need to bring up his 10 Scoring Titles, Rookie of the Year, or Defensive Player of the Year or 5 MVPs, just mention how dominant he was when it came to bringing the Larry O’Brien trophy home.