Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. His career highlight include; 6 time National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion, 6 time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), 5 times NBA MVP, 14 times NBA All-Star, 10 time NBA leading scorer, dual Olympic games gold medalist and many more! He continues to hold the NBA record for highest career scoring average in both the regular season and playoffs, as well as many other records. ESPN named him the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Jordan is best known for his long stint with one particular team, but his career had the odd twist along the way. Let’s find out which teams Michael Jordan played for during his career.
Michael Jordan played baseball, football and Basketball for Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. His performances for the team won him a college scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He found great success playing with the Tar Heels and left college a year early to enter the 1984 NBA Draft.
Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 3rd overall pick in the NBA Draft. His first professional appearance came on October 26, 1984 against the Washington Bullets. His first season was very impressive and he won the Rookie of the Year title. In 1991 he led the Bulls to their first NBA Championship, a feat they repeated in 92 and 93. In October 1993 Jordan shocked the sports world and announced his retirement from basketball due to a loss of interest, thought by many to be due to the murder of his father.
He further shocked people with the announcement that he had signed with the Chicago White Sox (Major League Baseball). He signed a minor league contract and was sent to the minor leagues in 1994 where he played for both the Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions.
On March 15, 1995, Jordan released a press release simply stating “I’m back”. The next day he was playing for the Chicago Bulls again and showed he had lost none of his touch. He led the Bulls to another NBA Championship in 1996, which was followed up by wins in 97 and 98. Jordan retired in early 1999 and stated that he was 99.9% certain that he would not return to basketball.
Jordan returned to the league in 2000 with the Washington Wizards as a part owner and President for Basketball Operations. In 2001 he announced a playing comeback and played two seasons for the club (2001-02 and 2002-03). His first season was plagued by a knee injury, but his second season was quite successful considering he turned 40 during the season! His final NBA game was On April 16, 2003 against the Philadelphia 76ers. He was given a 3 minute standing ovation when he left the court for the last time.