This Day In Sports History (May 16th) — Michael Jordan
It was on this day in 1985 that Michael Jordan was named the NBA rookie of the year. He would beat out the likes of Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Perkins and Sam Bowie to win the prestigious award.
Jordan averaged an incredible 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game that season. Those numbers would help him become the only rookie in NBA history to lead his team in four statistical categories. Despite being only 22-years-old, Jordan would help lead the Bulls to the NBA playoffs that year, however, they would fall to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.
This was just the beginning of a storied career for Jordan, who went on to win six NBA Championships and five NBA MVP awards, while averaging 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists over the course of his 14-year career. Some NBA experts have been tempted to compare Jordan’s success to that of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who owns five championships and one NBA MVP of his own. I, on the other hand, will take Jordan over Kobe everyday of the week.
Here is a look at some of Jordan’s highlights as a rookie.
Corey Perry, NHL – Born on May 16, 1985 (age 28) in London, Ontario
Thurman Thomas, NFL – Born on May 16, 1966 (age 47) in Houston, Texas
John Salley, NBA – Born May 16, 1964 (age 49) in Brooklyn, New York