Looking back at Michael Jordan and his rookie season, former Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas believed that the GOAT’s first year just “didn’t seem real”. MJ averaged an incredible 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists during the 1984-1985 season.
Michael Jordan is easily one of the greatest players the league has ever witnessed. Apart from being one of the most impactful players, Mike was considered a basketball god. Till today, fans rave about his insane gameplay and achievements.
It was because of Michael that the Chicago Bulls franchise is one of the greatest dynasties in history. Of course, with the help from stars like Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, MJ helped the Bulls be the most dominant team in the 1990s.
Winning two successful three-peats, finishing a season with a flawless 72-10 record, there was virtually nothing that the Bulls hadn’t achieved because of their leader.
With 14 All-Star appearances, 10 Scoring titles, 11 All-NBA selections, 6 NBA championships, 6 Finals MVP and 5 league MVPs under his belt, MJ has one of the most decorated resumes in NBA history to rightfully claim the GOAT title.
Isiah Thomas compliments Michael Jordan and his incredible rookie season
It didn’t take Mike long enough to dominate the league when he stepped on the hardwood. In fact, in only his first season, as a young 21-year-old, His Airness torched the league night in and night out, averaging an incredible 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists. He even started all 82 games that season, shooting an amazing 51.5% from the field and 84.5% from the charity stripe.
There was no superstar whose team Mike failed to torch up. Whether it was Larry Bird or Magic Johnson or Julius Erving or anybody for that matter, Jordan was just unstoppable.
Long-time Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas was just one of the many legends who the 21-year-old Air Jordan dropped buckets on at will. During the 1984-1985 season, Michael and his Bulls faced an Isiah Thomas-led Detroit team five times. Chicago ended up winning 3 out of the 5 encounters, with Mike dropping an average of 31.4 points, 4 assists and 8.2 rebounds against Zeke, which also included one 49-point scoring outburst performance on 12th February 1985.
In the first episode of the ten-episode docu-series “The Last Dance”, Thomas looked back to Michael Jordan’s rookie season. The 12-time All-Star said:
“It was like he had like an extra levitation gear or something,” Thomas said. “It just didn’t seem real.”