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Transcendent: beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience. If there was one word to describe the illustrious career of Michael Jordan, it would be that—transcendent. Pushing the boundaries of our imaginations and what we thought was possible on a basketball court, Jordan wasn’t just a basketball player, he was the basketball player. Everybody wanted to be like Mike, from his awe-inspiring acrobatics to his drive to win, to his amazing sneakers. He personified everything that was cool about the sport of basketball, and did so better than anybody who has ever played the game.
Leaving a lasting legacy is surely something every player dreams about when they enter the NBA. Some guys struggle to amass those moments; Jordan had enough throughout his 15 year career to progress from merely the best player all time to a mythological figure of sorts.
There was the time when he scored 63 points against the Boston Celtics in the 1986 playoffs, setting a postseason scoring record in his first ever playoff series, one that still stands to this day. Or how about “the shot” over Craig Ehlo, to clinch a series victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1989 Eastern Conference first round?
And who could forget about Jordan’s “flu game,” which took place 21 years ago today, and was the moment that arguably best represents everything about his career? Battling the flu during game 5 of the 1997 Finals against the Utah Jazz, Jordan not only brought his team to a victory on the road, but delivered one of the most iconic performances in NBA history, recording 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
Michael Jordan isn’t just the most iconic NBA player of all time, but arguably the most iconic athlete in North American sports history. With so many incredible seasons in his decorated career, it can be hard to choose which ones are truly his best. The flu game occurred during 1996-1997, but where do the rest fall? Here is our list of every, season of his career ranked.