Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time. There are few people who could argue that statement, even among NBA superstars. He was the best among the best and it was that way for his entire career.
Jordan had plenty of statement games throughout the years. But it seems like he was at his best during the 1995-96 season, arguably the best individual – and collective – season in the history of basketball.
By 1996, Jordan was arguably the most famous person in the world. At least, he was the biggest worldwide sensation sports had ever seen, a global icon that truly took the game to a whole new level. That’s why he wanted to turn the intensity on any given night. He did it for the fans and, as you may know by now, he always delivered.
But even among all his outstanding and historically great seasons, none of them tops what he achieved in the 1995-96 campaign with the almighty Chicago Bulls.
Michael averaged 29.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 three-pointers, and 2.2 steals per game. He was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and scored a league-high 2,491 points; thus winning also his second-straight Scoring title (9th overall).
Jordan was named an All-Star and scored 20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal en route to being named All-Star Game MVP for the second time on his career.
Next to Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and Steve Kerr; the Phil Jackson-led Bulls won an NBA record 72 games that season, until the Warriors took that record down in 2016. But, unlike the Warriors, the Bulls actually got the job done in the NBA Finals.
The Bulls faced Gary Payton and the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA Finals. Contrary to what Jordan may say, Payton did a solid job trying to contain him, as you could never truly stop Jordan.
His Airness averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.7 steals per game on 41/31/83 shooting and won his fourth Finals MVP award. That run jump-started his second three-peat and let everybody know that he was still the best player in the world even after his first retirement. If that’s not the greatest season in NBA history, I don’t know what it is then.