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Michael Jordan Averaged Over 30 PPG 12 Times In The NBA Playoffs, The Only Time He Didn’t Was When He Was A Rookie


Michael Jordan was a scoring machine unlike another within the history of the NBA and he piled up mind-boggling scoring numbers that may only be bettered by one Wilt Chamberlain. Still, Jordan (30.12) managed to eke ahead of Wilt (30.07) for the best profession scoring average in league history, and where his greatness shines much more, is the playoffs.

Jordan averaged a ridiculous 33.4 points per game in his postseason profession and no other player in history (min 50 playoff games) has posted a scoring average over 30. Luka Doncic is the closest if we remove that criterion but he continues to be almost one full point behind MJ. Such was Jordan’s scoring dominance within the postseason, that he averaged over 30 points per game in 12 straight postseasons after failing to accomplish that in his rookie season of 1984-85. Even in that instance, he only narrowly missed out and a have a look at his averages by postseason shows just how great he was.

Michael Jordan’s Playoff Scoring Average by Season

1984-85 NBA Playoffs: 29.3 PPG

1985-86 NBA Playoffs: 43.7 PPG

1986-87 NBA Playoffs: 35.7 PPG

1987-88 NBA Playoffs: 36.3 PPG

1988-89 NBA Playoffs: 34.8 PPG

1989-90 NBA Playoffs: 36.7 PPG

1990-91 NBA Playoffs: 31.1 PPG

1991-92 NBA Playoffs: 34.5 PPG

1992-93 NBA Playoffs: 35.1 PPG

1994-95 NBA Playoffs: 31.5 PPG

1995-96 NBA Playoffs: 30.7 PPG

1996-97 NBA Playoffs: 31.1 PPG

1997-98 NBA Playoffs: 32.4 PPG

That sort of consistency is just otherworldly and it becomes much more impressive when given some context. It’s essential to add up LeBron James (6), Kevin Durant (3), and Shaquille O’Neal’s (3) variety of postseasons where they averaged over 30 points per game simply to tie MJ, which is just ridiculous considering all of the success they’ve had. 

It is not any surprise that with these sorts of displays within the postseason, he became the primary player to win 3 straight Finals MVPs and he’s the just one to have completed that feat twice. The more you look up regarding Jordan’s profession, the more you find yourself being amazed at just how great he was.

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