Stats: 32.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5.5 APG

What can you do when you try to dethrone the king, but the king flexes harder than you? Not a damn thing. Jordan upped his game a bit and improved slightly in multiple categories: points per game, steals per game, rebounds per game, free throws percentages…minutes. Highlights included his tremendous 64-point game against O'Neal's Magic and yet another playoffs series-clinching game winner against the Cavaliers. Top that by robbing the closest shot Charles Barkley had at getting a ring en route to a three-peat, and you've earned the right to a sketchy early retirement.