When was Michael Jordan Inducted into The Basketball Hall of Fame?

Published 05/14/2021, 10:51 AM EDT
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)


Michael Jordan is arguably the best player NBA has ever seen. In his 15 seasons in the league, MJ put on a show every night, often leading his team in scoring and taking up the challenge to defend the best players of the opposing teams.

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Jordan arguably has the most stacked trophy cabinet with six NBA championships, six Finals MVP trophies, five regular-season MVP trophies, 10 scoring titles, and 14 All-Star appearances to name a few.

The incredible career of Michael Jordan

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Ever since his debut in the NBA, Jordan was touted to become a great player in the league. Given his incredible two-way ability, Jordan made an instant impact in the Bulls and led them to multiple playoff appearances.

At the same time, MJ stacked up multiple All-Star appearances and scoring championships as well. But with a rather underwhelming support cast, Jordan couldn’t win any title for the Bulls for the first five years.

Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage) Getty Images

By the 1990-91 season though, the Bulls had become a legitimate title contender. After crashing out multiple times at the hands of the Detroit Pistons, it was only fitting that the Bulls ended the Pistons’ title defense. There was no stopping the Bulls as they steamrolled to the 1991 Finals championship.

The Bulls continued to steamroll their opponents for the next two seasons as well and finally had a three-peat. But in an unexpected turn of events, Jordan retired from the game at the peak of his powers to play minor league baseball.

Jordan did return in the 1994-95 season but couldn’t assert his dominance in the game. But in 1995-96, the Bulls came out all guns blazing. With the addition of a dynamic rebounder like Dennis Rodman, the Bulls had their answer.

DATE: 10/20/01 PHOTO BY : JOEL RICHARDSON DIG MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE WIZARDS HOST NEW JERSEY NETS (Photo by The The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Courtesy: Getty Images

In the three seasons with Pippen, Jordan, and Rodman, MJ and the Bulls broke multiple records and recorded their second three. In 1998, it looked like we were witnessing MJ’s last few matches on the court. But three years later, ‘His Airness‘ was back and played for the Wizards.

Despite being a 38-year-old, MJ was easily the best player on his team. After having two decent seasons but failing to lead his team to the post-season, Jordan finally retired from the game.

Jordan’s induction to the Hall of Fame

Despite debuting in the year 1984, MJ was one of the few players from the draft class who played in the 2000s era. One can only imagine the accolades Jordan would have added if he had played all the 18 years though.

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After a 15-year-long career, Jordan managed a stacked trophy cabinet. When Jordan concluded his illustrious career in 2002, everybody knew it was only a matter of time before he became a part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jordan was formally inducted to the Hall of Fame in a rather stacked list of names in the 2009 inductees. Alongside Jordan, the Hall of Fame also welcomed former rival and legendary guard John Stockton to the list.

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Other additions to the Hall of fame in 2009 were Spurs’ legendary center David Robinson and Jerry Sloan. In 2010, Jordan was at it again because of the addition of the dream team to the Hall of Fame. Do you think Michael Jordan is the GOAT?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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