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A ROOKIE NAMED MICHAEL JORDAN EXPLODES ONTO THE NBA SCENE
1984-85 Season Highlights

Jordan earned Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 29.3 points per game.

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   RECAP
The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft (Houston took Hakeem Olajuwon with the first pick, while Portland drafted Sam Bowie at No. 2.) after an outstanding three-year career at North Carolina. As a freshman, he hit the jump shot that lifted the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA Championship and earned College Player of the Year honors in 1984. Jordan averaged 17.7 points in three seasons before declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft after his junior year. Between his college and pro careers, he was co-captain and star of the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball team in 1984.

Jordan joined a club that finished with a 27-55 mark the previous season and lifted the Bulls to a 38-44 record and a playoff berth for the first time since 1981. Voted a starter in the 1985 All-Star Game, he scored 7 points in 22 minutes. On February 12, he set a club single-game rookie record by pouring in 49 points against the Detroit Pistons. He finished the season with a scoring average of 28.2 points per game (third in the league behind the New York Knicks' Bernard King and the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird) and set Chicago single-season records for points (2,313), field goals (837), free throws (630), free-throw attempts (746), and steals (196). It all added up to an NBA Rookie of the Year Award, a slot on the NBA All-Rookie Team, and a selection to the All-NBA Second Team. After finishing fourth in the Central Division, the Bulls faced the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs and fell in four games. Jordan averaged 29.3 points in the series.

  HONORS
All-NBA Second Team
NBA Rookie of the Year
All-NBA Rookie Team
NBA All-Star Starter

   REGULAR-SEASON STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
84-85 Chi 82 82 38.3 .515 .173 .845 2.0 4.5 6.5 5.9 2.39 0.8428.2

   PLAYOFF STATS
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG PPG
84-85 Chi 4 4 42.8 .436 .125 .828 1.8 4.0 5.8 8.5 2.75 1.0029.3

   REGULAR-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
at Los Angeles Clippers
Michael Jordan wows the crowd in Los Angeles with the amazing driving bank shot, plus the foul, against the Clippers.
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at New York Knicks
In his first trip to Madison Square Garden as a pro, Jordan gets the ball on the break and hammers down the one-handed Statue of Liberty dunk. Hello New York!
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vs. San Antonio Spurs
MJ grabs the rebound, speeds downcourt and slides through the defense en route to a right-handed slam to give the Bulls the lead.
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at Atlanta Hawks
Jordan turns on the jets and blows by the Atlanta defense before rising for the spectacular jam and foul.
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   ALL-STAR HIGHLIGHTS
Michael Jordan soars to the rack for the jam off the baseline drive during the '85 All-Star Game.
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In his first NBA All-Star Game, Jordan flies to the rack to tip home the missed shot by Moses Malone.
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   SLAM DUNK HIGHLIGHTS
Air Jordan flies through the air, brings the ball around his body with the right hand and powers down the acrobatic slam in the Slam Dunk contest.
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Jordan does his Dr. J imitation, taking off from the free throw line for the flying jam, to start his own tradition.
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Jordan elevates, rocks the ball at his waist, then brings it up and over his head with the right hand as he flies past the rim.
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