Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA championships from 1991-98. The Bulls won three straight NBA championships from 1991-93 and three more from 1996-98.
Jordan was the NBA Finals MVP in all six NBA championship runs.
Who did Jordan’s Bulls beat in the NBA Finals?
Here is a look at the NBA Finals runs Jordan led with Chicago
1991 NBA Finals
Chicago beat the Los Angeles Lakers — led by Magic Johnson — in five games. Jordan averaged 31.2 points per game, 11.4 assists and 6.6 rebounds in the series – which he highlighted with the iconic “switch hands” layup.
1992 NBA Finals
Chicago beat Portland in six games for its second NBA championship. Jordan scored 35 of his 39 points in Game 1 – which is best remembered for “The Shrug.” Jordan averaged 35.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds for the series.
1993 NBA Finals
Phoenix had NBA MVP Charles Barkley, but the Bulls won the series in six games behind Jordan, who averaged 41 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists for the series.
1996 NBA Finals
The Bulls won 72 games in the regular season, and they beat Seattle in six games for their fourth NBA championship. Jordan led Chicago with 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists. The Bulls clinched the series on Father’s Day, which was especially meaningful for Jordan because it was first championship since his father James died
1997 NBA Finals
The Jazz had NBA MVP Karl Malone, but the Bulls won the series in six games behind Jordan, who averaged 32.3 points, seven rebounds and six assists. This series featured the famous “Flu Game” in Game 5 where Jordan scored 38 points despite battling flu-like symptoms.
1998 NBA Finals
Jordan led the final NBA championship run that is being chronicled in “The Last Dance.” Chicago beat Utah in six games, and Jordan closed the series in Game 6 with “The Shot” over Byron Russell. Jordan averaged 33.5 points, four rebounds and 2.3 assists in the series.
Video below is a full documentary of how Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to becoming one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.
Jordan retired after the 1993 season and missed most of the next two seasons, and the Bulls reached the Eastern Conference semifinals each of those two seasons. Perhaps they make a deeper run with Jordan and face the Houston Rockets – who won back-to-back NBA championships in those two seasons.
The Bulls also reached the Eastern Conference finals in 1989 and 1990 before being eliminated by the eventual champion Detroit Pistons. Detroit also eliminated Chicago in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 1988.
Chicago was swept in the first round by Boston in 1986 and 1987, and those Celtics teams – led by Larry Bird – reached the NBA Finals.
Those are the teams that stood in the way the most against Jordan in the postseason.
What other championships did Jordan win?
Jordan’s success wasn’t limited to the NBA. He made the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA men’s basketball national championship game.
Jordan also won gold medals in the Olympics with Team USA basketball in 1984 and 1992.
Jordan is one of seven basketball players to win a NCAA championship, gold medal and NBA championship.The others are Clyde Lovellette, Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Jerry Lucas, Quinn Buckner and Magic Johnson.
Jordan comparisons always lead to LeBron James, who has nine NBA Finals appearances and three NBA championships.
Jordan and James both have lengthy statistical resumes, but that six-championship trump card gets played the most in the debate.
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