10.26.1984: Michael Jordan Makes His NBA Debut
The Blazers passed on drafting him and the Bulls tried to trade his rights, but at the end of the day, the Bulls were stuck with this guy named Michael Jordan. And on October 26th of 1984, that guy made his NBA debut and scored 16 points, dished out 7 assists, grabbed 6 rebounds and had one spectacular block in a 109-93 win over the Washington Bullets.
Only 16 points? Well, at that time, Orlando Woolridge still thought he was going to be the man in Chicago and he took the most shots (19) and finished with a team-high 28 points and 9 rebounds. The Bulls’ Quintin Daily – who wasn’t too fond of the Bulls keeping Michael Jordan – also matched Jordan’s attempts (16) and finished with 25. But it didn’t take long for Jordan to start putting up more shots and a whole lot of points.
In Jordan’s second game, he scored 21 points, although his most memorable moment from the game was shooting an airball 3 at the end of regulation. He bounced back strong with 37 points and 9 more shots than Woolridge in his 3rd game. His first 40 point game came during his 9th, when he dropped 45 on the Spurs. He finished his rookie of the year campaign with 7 40+ point games and 35 games with 30+.
As for the rest of his career, he played pretty well and also found some success off the court too.