More on MJ's Greatness
There's a great post below with a video of highlights from 37 of MJ's 39 50+ point games. I did a little research to look at other MJ scoring feats, focused on the playoffs. Here are the results.
Most Career 30+ Point Games in Playoffs History
1. MJ - 109
2. Kareem - 75
3. West -74
4. Kobe -65
5. Baylor - 60
Most Career 40+ Point Games in Playoffs History
1. MJ = 38
2. West = 20
3. Baylor = 14
4. Wilt = 13
5. Shaq = 12
6. Hakeem = 11
7. Kobe = 10
Iverson = 10
9. Lebron = 9
Most Career 50+ Point Games in Playoff History
1. MJ = 8
2. Wilt = 4
3. Iverson = 3
4. West = 2
T5. = 15 other players have done it once.
Most Career 60+ Point Games in Playoff History
T1. MJ = 1 (63 points)
T1. Elgin Baylor = 1 (61 points)
Highest Career PPG Averages in Playoff History
1. MJ = 33.45
2. Iverson = 29.73
3. West = 29.13
4. LeBron = 28.48
5. Durant = 28.07
Jordan's domination of playoff statistics is critical. This measure helps balance the stat issues of various generations and occasional regular season explosions against lesser talent. During Wilt's era, he frequently played against 6'5" centers during the regular season, but during the playoffs he was forced to play against good teams most of the time.
Where MJ's career average went from 30 ppg (regular season) to 33 ppg (playoffs), Wilt's went from 30 ppg (regular season) to 22 ppg (playoffs). Kobe stays almost exactly the same (25.48 reg and 25.64 playoffs). KD and LBJ improve in the playoffs by 2 and 1 ppg respectively. AI and Jerry West improved by 3 ppg in the playoffs as did MJ, though MJ started out 4 ppg better than either, which leaves a large gap between overall production.
If your eyes didn't show you the truth, hopefully these stats will. I knew MJ was the GOAT, but these stats helped clear up lingering doubts about Wilt's huge regular season production and Kobe's 81 point game. During the playoffs, where it matters and where the competition is the toughest, MJ separated himself further from the pack than at any other time. That matters.
man.. when he played with that bad flu against utah. he looked like sh.it... played like a beast! he said fcuk everything else, i want to win!
meanwhile you have a guy like vince carter saying "fcuk it, i'm gonna go to my graduation ceremony instead of focus on my playoff game"
I'm a Jazz fan and I remember watching that game live. I was certain it was a free game based on MJ's appearance, but he turned out to be unstoppable every minute he was on the court even though he looked ready to die during every time out.
No one hated MJ more than me when he played, but my appreciation for him has increased over the years. No one wanted it more and no one played with more dedication or confidence.