Today in Sports History: September 12

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 1984, the Chicago Bulls signed Michael Jordan as their no. 3 draft pick..  In his first year, Jordan was named as the Rookie of the Year after averaging 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.4 steals. It was apparent from the start that Jordan was going to be a super star in the NBA, but he is also known for his accomplishments off the court.. In the 15 seasons that Jordan played in the NBA he became a cultural icon and transformed the Chicago Bulls into one of the most successful franchises in the league. As a player, Jordan led the Bulls to two threepeats championships. Jordan was a six time NBA Champion and  was named NBA Finals MVP in all six finals. Jordan’s accolades include being a 14x All-Star, 5x NBA MVP, 10x All-NBA First Team, 10x NBA scoring champion, 3x NBA steals leader, and NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Jordan attributed his incredible athleticism to Hollywood as the star in the film Space Jam, and his cultural cache fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers. Jordan is currently the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets and he has a net worth of $2.1 billion.

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