S otheby’s is pleased to present, as the 4th lot in our From the Archive Week, Michael Jordan’s Game Worn, and Signed 2001-2002 Wizards jersey – a NO RESERVE online auction celebrating the extraordinary legacy of the basketball sensation, Michael Jordan.
Earns a Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillJordan quickly made a name for himself at UNC averaging 13.4 points per game and was named ACC Freshman of the Year. He would spend three years as a Tar Heel.
Selected by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA DraftTwo players came off the board before Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft, Hakeem Olajuwon to the Houston Rockets and Sam Bowie to the Portland Trail Blazers. While Olajuwon went on to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Bowie is perhaps best remembered for being drafted before Michael Jordan.
The Original Air Jordan Sneakers DebutJordan's impact on the NBA was immediate, quickly landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading "A Star Is Born," and making the All-Star team as a starter. He also landed the shoe deal of the century partnering with Nike to create the Air Jordan sneaker, an endorsement deal that impelled his career to new heights.
Rookie of the YearThe accolades continued for Jordan in his first year in the league earning Rookie of the Year honors. That year the promising young rookie who had already grabbed attention as the heir apparent to superstars like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird averaged 28.2 points per game.
Watch Michael Jordan's Rookie of the Year Award Speech
63 Points Against the Celtics in Round One of the PlayoffsIn Jordan's second season he suffered a broken foot that kept him out of regular season play for all but 18 games. But his return came in time for the Bulls' first round playoff appearance against a legendary Boston Celtics team led by Larry Bird. Never one to shy away from history, Jordan put in a staggering 63 points, a playoff record.
Earns Most Valuable Player Award and Defensive Player of the YearJordan's 35 points per game led the league in scoring in the 1987–88 season and his 1.6 blocks and 3.16 steals helped cement his reputation as a formidable defender.
Watch Michael Jordan's MVP Presentation
Jordan's Bulls Win Their First NBA ChampionshipDefeating the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, the Chicago Bulls took the series in five games and gave the world a glimpse of what was to come.
Announces His RetirementThough very much at the top of his game in 1993, Jordan decided to retire.
Takes a Brief Sojourn Into a Career as a Baseball PlayerFollowing Jordan's announcement of an early retirement, he sent shock waves through the sports world by signing a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Returns to Basketball from RetirementAfter a brief hiatus, Jordan returned to the Bulls though was unable to bring home a fourth consecutive championship
Bulls Win 72 GamesIn a year that saw Jordan win his eighth scoring title, the Bulls added Dennis Rodman to an already potent lineup, rendering them virtually impossible to beat. Rodman threw in his fifth straight rebounding title and Phil Jackson won Coach of the Year.
Bulls Win 6th NBA ChampionshipThe Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz in Jordan's final championship with the team. He also secured his sixth Finals MVP award, a record.
The Washington WizardsIn September of 2001, Jordan came back from his second retirement and announced that he would return to NBA to play with the Washington Wizards. During his time with the Wizards, Jordan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in All-Star Game history (a record that only LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have since broken). On December 29, 2001, Jordan scored 51 points against the Charlotte Hornets to become the oldest player in NBA history to reach the 50-point threshold in a game.
A New “Era” of BasketballMichael Jordan's arrival in the NBA ushered in a new era of basketball. By 1992 when he led the U.S. Olympic Dream Team to a gold medal, he sat atop not just the National Basketball Association, but the entire sports world. By the time he finally retired from the game he had six championships, along with a seemingly endless stream of awards and records.
Did you know?
In September of 2001, Jordan came back from his second retirement and announced that he would return to NBA to play with the Washington Wizards. During his time with the Wizards, Jordan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in All-Star Game history (a record that only LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have since broken). On December 29, 2001, Jordan scored 51 points against the Charlotte Hornets to become the oldest player in NBA history to reach the 50-point threshold in a game.
By the time Michael Jordan retired, he was a 6 time NBA champion, a 6 time NBA Finals MVP, a 5 time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 14 time All-Star, a 3 time NBA All-Star Game MVP, a 10 time scoring champion and a 2 time Slam Dunk Contest Champion. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, among the highest civilian awards in the United States.
Michael Jordan is today widely considered as one of the greatest athletes in American history, and Sotheby’s is excited to offer this item to honor the ongoing legacy of Mr. Jordan.