Team: Chicago Bulls
Stats: 82 G, 40.4 MPG, 35.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.9 APG, 3.2 SPG, 1.6 BPG
Player Efficiency Rating: 31.7

Michael Jordan's first career MVP award was his most impressive. Carrying a young Bulls squad that still had several years to go before it was championship-ready, Jordan won the scoring title by pouring in 35 points per game and shooting at a .535 clip.

As if his offense weren't enough, he also won Defensive Player of the Year honors thanks to his 1.6 blocks and league-best 3.2 steals per game. The Bulls reached 50 wins and, for the first time in MJ's career, made it out of the first round of the playoffs until they fell to the Pistons, who would impede the Bulls' path to the top for the next several years.