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Michael Jordan Turns 50: Is He the Greatest Basketball Player of All Time?

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Michael Jordan has officially turned 50 years old. Jordan is a Basketball Hall of Famer and widely considered one of, if not the greatest basketball basketball player of all time. Jordan is definitely the most famous and successful NBA player in business/entrepreneurship other than Magic Johnson, founding the legendary Air Jordan sneaker and sports apparel franchise with Nike.

Jordan took the NBA to a whole nother level in his heyday--even more so than his famous and legendary predecessors Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. He led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships in the 1990s and had he not taken a brief retirement, the team might have won eight rings that decade. When some try to debate who the greatest player of all time is, many simply point to Jordan's team accolades and the ones he earned individually.

Those individual accolades include six-time NBA Finals MVP, five-time NBA regular season MVP, 14-time All Star, 10-time scoring champion, Rookie of The Year (1985), and Defensive Player of The Year (1988). Jordan also won an NCAA Championship with his beloved University of North Carolina Tar Heels, as well as two Olympic Gold Medals--one as a college player and another as part of the world-famous pro Dream Team.

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  • sharkhead 2013/07/20 22:16:47
    No
    sharkhead
  • Stargazer 2013/06/02 03:31:02
    Yes
    Stargazer
    The accolades don't lie. Michael Jordan is on a completely different level.
  • Aaron Wadsworth 2013/05/30 14:23:15
    Yes
    Aaron Wadsworth
    He was without a doubt the best ever. Wilt may have been more of an offensive force in his era, Rodman may have been a better defender (arguably), but nobody put together the whole package like Michael Jordan. Not only could he hold his own with the top defenders in the league, he could score on them (often in triple-team coverage). The arguments for Magic Johnson (being able to shift from SG to PG to PF and even to C really *is* impressive), Kareem (athletic scoring machine), Wilt (stood shoulders above the competition in his day), LeBron (a man among boys in most games), Kobe (can carry a team on any given night on both sides of the ball), Karl Malone (scoring machine and great defensive rebounder), and Larry Bird (arguably the most fundamentally sound player ever, unfortunately rarely at 100%) are all good; however, none of them had Michael's drive, his athleticism, his heart, or his all-around package as a player. Dominique Wilkins was known in his day as "the Human Highlight Reel," yet was often shown up by Michael. Nobody comes close.
  • Moodybloo70 2013/02/27 15:12:12
    No
    Moodybloo70
    Look at film of Wilt or Bob Cousey
  • PatLabat 2013/02/27 13:57:04
    Yes
    PatLabat
    Not even a question!!
  • jffl1013 2013/02/25 06:29:44
    No
    jffl1013
    There are many greats, but there is one just one greatest of all time in the NBA. MJ has inspired millions of people, including myself, with what he did on and off the court. Not many people can say they have been Rookie of the Year, MVP, Finals MVP, Scoring champion, D player of the year, have his own movie, and his own line of shoes and clothing. There is no doubt that MJ should be remembered as among the elite in the history of competition. However, we shouldn't forget names like Bill Russel, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, and many others that have paved the way for the NBA.
  • leftisalwaysright 2013/02/25 06:12:36
    No
    leftisalwaysright
    +1
    Bill Russel

    If you don't know who that is, don't talk about basketball. Jordan is a legend, though. Just not number 1.
  • Cory 2013/02/24 08:53:36
    No
    Cory
    Personally, I would have to say Wilt is the greatest ever.
  • CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/24 02:18:14
    Yes
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    Hands down. His turn around jumper at the buzzer to win the championship sealed it for me. Pressure? No problemo.
  • i don't care 2013/02/23 19:02:30
    No
    i don't care
    My favorite was L A Lakers star Magic Johnson. Nothing better then watching Magic and Bird go at it.
  • nicesteve 2013/02/22 13:15:12
    No
    nicesteve
    He is among the greatest basketball players of all time, but he doesn't
    necessarily stand alone as the greatest. He must share the spotlight
    with many other legendary basketball players.
  • Steve Boston 2013/02/21 04:30:10
    No
    Steve Boston
    Nope. Top ten though.
  • deadshot 2013/02/21 02:24:08
    Yes
    deadshot
  • DANNY59 2013/02/20 11:50:00
    Yes
    DANNY59
    I might be partial to him since he was a Bull and I am from Chicago, but if he isn't the greatest, he's certainly in the top few.
  • Jen 2013/02/19 19:43:17
    Yes
    Jen
    not my personal fave however
  • _-T3x4S_M4D3-_ 2013/02/19 19:35:00
  • sneekyfoot 2013/02/19 19:32:31
    Yes
    sneekyfoot
    greatest commercial endeavers
  • Cherise 2013/02/19 19:30:07
    Yes
    Cherise
    the BEST
  • Dima 2013/02/19 19:16:11
    Yes
    Dima
    he is my preferable player yes
  • chucky 2013/02/19 18:19:45
    Yes
    chucky
    I THINK SO
  • Garland Bennett 2013/02/19 18:18:45
    No
    Garland Bennett
    +2
    Bill Russell is by far a better player than MJ. I liked MJ when he first got started and I personally think he's one of the greatest players of all time. But to say that he 'is' the greatest is way over the top and I don't believe it for the life of me. The guy's stats are just not up to par with some of the other greats. He'll go down as one of the greatest but certainly not the greatest player.
    Just give it some time, Lebron James will be at his level someday and surpass it as well.
  • deadshot Garland... 2013/02/21 02:25:35
    deadshot
    +2
    :ebron James will NEVER be a Michael Jordan.

    I know we're never supposed to say never, but NEVER.
  • leftisa... deadshot 2013/02/25 06:15:09
    leftisalwaysright
    +3
    Ah, another young basketball fan that has much to learn. Jordan may have more championships, but LeBron is a better athlete and baller. Bill Russel is the best ever, anyway. Look him up and be amazed.
  • deadshot leftisa... 2013/02/28 02:50:52
    deadshot
    +1
    My basketball fanatic father is 74 years old. My basketball fanatic brothers are 51 and 48. I'm not a spring chicken either. We all still concur that MJ was the best ever, and that Lebron, while being really good, will never get to MJ's level. Lebron has strength on his side, but when I watch him, I don't feel like this is a man who loves to give it all because he loves the game, which is the feeling I got from watching MJ.
  • Mike 2013/02/19 16:15:04
    Yes
    Mike
    Michael Jordan was one of the best for sure.....and he changed the way Basketball was being played.....Way to go Michael!........Also it shouldn't go un-noticed that he was a Tar-Heel...haha.!
  • jacktown kid 2013/02/19 16:05:08
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    he did it all
  • Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/19 15:47:45 (edited)
    Yes
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    He's certainly among a short list of greats.

    Wilt Chamberlain
    Magic Johnson
    Shaq
    Bill Walton
    Kobe Bryant
    Edit: Forgot Larry Bird

    Michael is also a good person off the court, which some of the above can't claim.

    Can you tell I'm a Laker's fan?
  • leftisa... Purple ... 2013/02/25 06:15:44
    leftisalwaysright
    +3
    I was about to ask why you left Bill Russel off, but then I saw you're a Lakers fan. Haha.
  • Purple ... leftisa... 2013/02/25 13:53:36
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    No, Larry Bird and Bill Walton were both Celtics. Bill Russell was simply before my time. Sorry.
  • leftisa... Purple ... 2013/02/25 20:10:50
    leftisalwaysright
    +4
    I got ya. You have to at least know whom he is, though.
  • Purple ... leftisa... 2013/02/26 01:01:57 (edited)
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    I remember him now that you mentioned him. He had retired when I was about 4 years old. ;) I didn't really start following the NBA stuff until a couple years later. My Dad was a huge Lakers fan and Wilt the Stilt was in his prime then.

    Honestly, in the past decade or so, I've been more interested in college basketball. Our local college has put out stars like Michael Cooper, Luc Longley, DAnny Granger and Kenny Thomas. Fun to see them up close and personal at The Pit before they go pro. (Cooper and Longley were many years ago, but you know what I mean. LOL)
  • smitty 2013/02/19 15:42:01
    Yes
    smitty
    +1
    Also got away with a lot of no calls. It is good to be the king.

    Look out for Lebron though.
  • SuperCee 2013/02/19 14:50:59
    Yes
    SuperCee
    He can not be duplicated!
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2013/02/19 13:16:50
    No
    jerry.alan.carroll
    +2
    Larry Bird
  • _-T3x4S... jerry.a... 2013/02/19 19:34:15
  • jerry.a... _-T3x4S... 2013/02/21 13:28:31
    jerry.alan.carroll
    Oh and he is the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
  • Chris 2013/02/19 12:48:10
    Yes
    Chris
    He is, without a doubt, the greatest. No one can match his skill set or his desire to win. He worked harder than anybody to achieve what he did.
  • Concerned Citizen 2013/02/19 12:45:45
    Yes
    Concerned Citizen
    He's definitely still the greatest,... so far!
  • Oceanside 2013/02/19 12:25:10
    Yes
    Oceanside
    +2
    In terms of willing his team to win
    No doubt
  • Mary Mary 2013/02/19 11:36:45
    Yes
    Mary Mary
    +1
    Definitely

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