ESPN’s “The Last Dance” will chronicle the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls’ season each Sunday night from April 19 through May 17. Michael Jordan won his fifth and final MVP award that season, further cementing his legacy as the greatest basketball player of all time.

Nearly 20 years after his retirement, many of Jordan’s stats still haven’t been matched. Here are five of Jordan’s most impressive career NBA records.

Regular Season Scoring

Jordan is the all-time leader with 30.1 points per game over his regular-season career. He holds the records with 10 scoring titles, leading the NBA in scoring in each of his final 10 full seasons with the Bulls. Jordan led the league with 2,313 total points as a rookie in the 1984-1985 season.

Playoffs Scoring

With 33.4 points per game in 179 postseason games, Jordan is the career leader by a significant margin. Allen Iverson is second all-time with 29.7 points per game in the playoffs. Jordan’s 63 points against the Boston Celtics on April 20, 1986 are still the most for a single playoff game. He played at least 10 playoff games and averaged more than 35 points per game in three different postseasons.

NBA Finals MVPs

Jordan was the NBA Finals MVP during every Chicago title run, winning the award six times in eight years. The 1993 Finals were probably his best when he averaged 41.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists against the Phoenix Suns. Jordan and the Bulls went 6-0 in the NBA Finals, never needing to win a Game 7.


Jordan’s career 27.91 PER is the best in history, putting him just ahead of LeBron James. He was an incredibly efficient scorer without making many threes, shooting just 32.7% from behind the arc for his career. Jordan shot at least 51.9% from the field in each season from 1988-1992.


The greatest scorer ever was also elite on the other side of the floor. Jordan was a nine-time First-Team All-Defense selection, tying him with Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Gary Payton for the most in history. He was the 1988 Defensive Player of the Year. Jordan led the league in steals three times.

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is widely considered the greatest ever basketball player. In this picture, former U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBA star Jordan during an East Room ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Nov. 22, 2016. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor for civilians in the United States of America. Alex Wong/Getty Images