Jordan, Michael (1963– ), U.S. professional basketball player. A 6-ft 6-in (198 cm) guard and forward for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association, he is considered one of the best players of all time. His vertical-leap, athleticism, and slam-dunks, have become his trade-marks. After helping North Carolina win the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship (1982) he led the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team to a gold medal. Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year (1984–85), won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award (1987–88, 1990–91,1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98 seasons), and has led the league in scoring from 1987–1990 (averaging 34.6 points over the 4-year period).