Michael Jordan is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history, if not the greatest player to ever play basketball. Former LeBron James teammate Ray Allen has admitted the same recently, as have several NBA players of all eras. These players do it because what MJ has achieved on the court is beyond question.
Jordan was a pioneer in the NBA, not only changing the way players approach the game on the court, but off it as well. His exploits in the tennis industry have fundamentally changed the value of NBA players to shoe companies, and now, players like Stephen Curry and LeBron have multi-billion dollar tennis contracts.
All pioneering had to start somewhere, and it started on October 26, 1984, when MJ made his NBA debut against the Washington Bullets. He only scored 16 points in a win, but the tickets for that game became extremely valuable as it was Jordan’s first NBA game. 2 tickets from this game are being auctioned by Bonham Auction House for an estimated price of between $200,000 and $300,000.
Michael Jordan’s iconic debut season
Since ‘The Last Dance’ aired in 2020, the price of Jordan collectibles has gone up immensely. The ticket price for MJ’s first game reflects this as a ticket that could have been bought for single figures in the 1980s and is now selling for 6 figures.
Jordan’s rookie season was arguably one of the best the NBA has ever seen. He averaged 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.4 steals in a row of stats few NBA players can manage in their prime, let alone as rookies.
Jordan would evolve into one of the greatest players of all time and become one of the most outstanding athletes of all time. Even though the Bulls weren’t a good team when Jordan got there, he made everyone realize that the Bulls will be the team to beat the second he refines his game and has some help around him. The rest, as they say, is history.