Michael Jordan

Jordan in 2014
Jordan in 1992
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

American businessman and former professional basketball player.

- Michael Jordan
Jordan in 2014

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Jackson in 2009

Phil Jackson

American former professional basketball player, coach and executive.

American former professional basketball player, coach and executive.

Jackson in 2009
Jackson circa 1968
Michael Jordan and Jackson in 1997
Phil Jackson coaching the Lakers
Jackson (right) in 2008, standing next to Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen (left).

Michael Jordan's first retirement after the 1992–1993 season marked the end of the first "three-peat", and although Jordan returned just before the 1995 playoffs, it was not enough to prevent a playoff elimination by the Orlando Magic.

Iverson with the Detroit Pistons in 2008

Allen Iverson

American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Iverson with the Detroit Pistons in 2008
Iverson was selected first overall in 1996
Iverson attempting a free throw against the Lakers
Iverson in 2003
Allen Iverson during his tenure with the Denver Nuggets
Iverson, as a member of the Pistons
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Iverson during a 2006 game with Barcelona
Iverson and rap star Nelly at a Reebok photoshoot.

His regular season career scoring average of 26.7 points per game ranks seventh all-time, and his playoff career scoring average of 29.7 points per game is second only to Michael Jordan.

West at the White House in 2019

Jerry West

American basketball executive and former player.

American basketball executive and former player.

West at the White House in 2019
West from The Monticola, 1959
Jerry West (with the ball) in 1971
The Forum was the home of the Lakers from 1967 until 1999.
West's No. 44 jersey (upper left) was retired in 1983 and hangs in the rafters of the Crypto.com Arena.
West in 1972
In 1999, West signed six-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson.
West receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in 2019
West interviewed on ESPN Los Angeles

Among retired players, only Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain surpass his 27.0 points per game average.

50 Greatest Players in NBA History

The 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, also referred to as NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, were chosen in 1996 to honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, also referred to as NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, were chosen in 1996 to honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Eleven players (Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson and John Stockton) were active in the, during which the list was announced.

Washington Wizards

American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

Bellamy (#8) averaged 31.6 points per game and 19.0 rebounds per game during his rookie season.
Wes Unseld, who won the NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Regular Season MVP, and NBA Finals MVP awards, played all 13 seasons of his career with the Bullets.
During his nine seasons with the Bullets, Elvin Hayes averaged 21.3 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per game. He led the NBA in rebounding in the 1973–74 season with an average of 18.1 rebounds per game.
A ticket for a 1988–89 game between the Bullets and the Hornets.
The Wizards moved to the MCI Center (later named Verizon Center and now the Capital One Arena) in 1997.
Michael Jordan served as president of basketball operations and was a minority owner.
The Wizards G-Man, one of the team's mascots
Antawn Jamison shooting a free throw in 2006 while wearing the team's gold alternate jerseys.
The Wizards in a home game against the Toronto Raptors, March 30, 2007.
Gilbert Arenas in Novemeber 2010.
Owner Ted Leonsis and then coach Flip Saunders watch John Wall in 2010.
The Wizards returned the playoffs in the 2014 season.
Scott Brooks served as head coach from 2016 to 2021.
Bradley Beal in 2019
Washington Wizards G-Wiz, current team mascot
The Wizards in their alternate white uniforms in a 2017 playoff game against the Celtics.
The Wizards in their white "City" uniforms during a 2018 playoff game against Toronto.
Former Bullets players honored during a Wizards game in March 2012 at the Verizon Center

After retiring from the Chicago Bulls in early 1999, Michael Jordan became the Washington Wizards' vice president of basketball operations as well as a minority owner in January 2000.

Kidd in 2014

Jason Kidd

American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kidd in 2014
Kidd with the Nets in 2006
Kidd during his second tenure as a Maverick
Kidd drives to the basket in 2008
Kidd as a Knick guarded by Washington's John Wall
Kidd giving instructions to Matthew Dellavedova during his tenure as Bucks coach
Kidd (second from right) with U.S. President George W. Bush, Kobe Bryant, and Deron Williams at the 2008 Olympics
Kidd shooting a jump shot in 2009

On April 7, 2007, Kidd and Carter became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did it in 1989 for the Chicago Bulls.

Hill with the Phoenix Suns in 2007

Grant Hill

American former professional basketball player who is a co-owner and executive of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former professional basketball player who is a co-owner and executive of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Hill with the Phoenix Suns in 2007
Hill with the Phoenix Suns in 2009
Hill with the Clippers in 2013
Hill covering Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals
Hill (right) with his father, Calvin, in 2022
Hill (left) with Alonzo Mourning (center) and President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden in 2014

In his second season (1995–96), he once again led the All-Star fan balloting, this time edging Michael Jordan (Jordan's first All-Star game after returning since retiring in 1993).

Wade in 2012

Dwyane Wade

American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Wade in 2012
Wade dunking the ball during the 2004 Rookie Challenge game for the Rookies team
Wade with the ball versus the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005
Wade at the free throw line
Wade dribbling the ball in 2009
Wade with his teammate LeBron James
Wade making a lay-up for the Heat in 2015
Wade with the Cavs in 2017
Wade's pre-game ritual consisted of doing pull-ups at the rim.
Wade at a party with then-teammates Udonis Haslem (second from left) and Antoine Walker (far right) in 2005
Wade is active in encouraging youth to develop their talents as seen in this talent search at the Chicago Theatre.
Wade giving a present to a U.S. Army reservist during a 2009 pregame ceremony

Wade grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and modeled his game after him.

Worthy in 2007

James Worthy

American sports commentator, television host, analyst, and former professional basketball player.

American sports commentator, television host, analyst, and former professional basketball player.

Worthy in 2007

As a junior power forward Worthy was the leading scorer (15.6 points per game) of a Tar Heels NCAA championship team that featured one of the greatest collections of talent in collegiate basketball history, including future NBA stars sophomore Sam Perkins and freshman Michael Jordan.

1998 NBA Finals

The championship round of the 1998 playoffs of the National Basketball Association and the conclusion of the 1997–98 NBA season.

The championship round of the 1998 playoffs of the National Basketball Association and the conclusion of the 1997–98 NBA season.

Michael Jordan was voted the NBA Finals MVP of the series (he also had won the award the last five times the Bulls won the Finals: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, and 1997).