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Michael Jordan Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Apr 6, 2009 6:20PM

If ever there was a candidate for first ballot selection to a Hall of Fame, Michael Jordan defined it. As the most dominant player of a generation and perhaps the best to ever play the sport of basketball, it's no surprise that the former Bulls shooting guard will join the 2009 class for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame -- his first year eligible.

Jordan's illustrious 15 years career spanned from 1984 until 2003, with two retirements included. He won a total of five MVP awards and six NBA Championships during his magical run with the Bulls. He won three straight titles before retiring for the first time. After an almost two season hiatus in which he tried his hand at minor league baseball, he returned to win a second threepeat. Walking away from the Bulls a second time, he joined the Washington Wizards' front office before deciding to trade in the suit for a pair of shorts yet again. He played two seasons with the Wizards to close out his career.

MJ finished his career with 32,292 points scored -- the third-highest total in league history. His career average of 30.1 points/game remains the highest in NBA history. But his offensive prowess was only part of his talent. His tough defensive play and ability to motivate teammates helped propel MJ and his Bulls teams to six titles in an eight year span.

In honor of Jordan's election into the Hall of Fame, the Trib lists 10 of his greatest moments. But how does anybody narrow it down to just 10? From his dramatic game-winning shots, to offensive displays rarely seen, to title clinching performances there are so many great ones from which to choose. We're not even going to attempt to pick a favorite, but feel free to share one of yours in the comments.