How good was Michael Jordan in 1988?
2023/10/18

Jordan was unstoppable in the 1987-1988 season with incredible stats of 37.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. His scoring record remains unbroken till today. 

Despite sharing the ball with young talents Pippen and Grant, Jordan still managed to average 35 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 3.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks with a shooting percentage of 53.5%. He led the Chicago Bulls to a 50-32 record, ranking 4th in the Eastern Conference. Jordan's exceptional performance earned him his first regular-season MVP and DPOY, becoming the first guard to win the award. He also received 8 other honors, solidifying his place in the Hall of Fame. 

In the playoffs, Jordan dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 50 and 55 points in the first two games. Despite the Cavaliers retaliating and tying the series at 2-2, Jordan's stellar performances of 38 and 44 points in the next two games led the Bulls to victory.

In the second round, the Bulls were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons, displaying the "Jordan Rule" of intense defense to neutralize Jordan's impact. Although the Bulls were defeated, Jordan's determination for revenge was ignited and he went on to create his legendary journey.

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