Michael Jordan Rings: How many rings does Michael Jordan have?

Michael Jordan's legacy and resume is one of the most stacked of all time as he monopolized the league with his skill during the 1990's

Michael Jordan Rings: How many rings does Michael Jordan have?

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is the greatest NBA scorer of all time in terms of PPG and is considered the GOAT by many. Michael Jordan is one of the only players with multiple rings to never lose in a Finals series going 6-0 in his career. Jordan won all six rings with the Chicago Bulls, including two three-peats. To add to his rings, MJ also won 6 Finals MVPs and five regular season MVPs.

Player Name Michael Jordan
BornBrooklyn, New York February 17 1963 (Age 63)
Ring Count6
Ring Years1991,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998
Teams he won rings withChicago Bulls
Drafted Year1984
Drafted ByChicago Bulls

How many rings does Michael Jordan have?

Michael Jordan won 6 NBA championships, all in the 1990s, as he completely dominated the game. Michael Jordan made the conference Finals in 1989 and 1990 but suffered defeat to the Detroit Pistons on both occasions. MJ made his first-ever NBA finals in 1991 against Magic Johnson and won in five games in a series considered Magic passing the torch to MJ.

Michael Jordan took a break from basketball in 1994 and 1995 to pursue golf, and the Chicago Bulls could not make the conference finals without him. Jordan returned during the end of the 1995 regular season and suffered his only ever playoff series defeat since winning the championship. The Shaquille O’Neal-led Orlando Magic remains the last team to beat Michael Jordan in the playoffs.

What years did Michael Jordan win his rings?

Michael Jordan completed his first three-peat by winning rings in 1991, 1992, and 1993. The Chicago Bulls took less than six games to win any of the Finals series they participated in, as Jordan made sure to close each finals series at home in game six or before that. Air Jordan threepeated against in 1996,1997, and 1998 after coming out of temporary retirement to take the Bulls to the summit again.

The Chicago Bulls became the first team in NBA history since Bill Russell’s Celtics to win three consecutive NBA titles, and they did it twice within a decade. Only the Golden State Warriors have come close to this level of dominance by winning four championships in eight years compared to Jordan’s six titles. Each tournament had significance and narrative, making Jordan and the Bulls special.

1991 – Magic Johnson passes the torch to Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan (Source: NBA Chicago Bulls)

The NBA saw a change in the leader, so to speak, in 1991 when Michael Jordan defeated the legendary Magic Johnson in the NBA finals in just five games. The Los Angeles Lakers won game one, and everyone thought Magic would do it again and win his sixth championship. However, the young and hungry MJ had different plans, as he averaged 31 points and 11 assists that series to give the Bulls their first championship.

Michael Jordan’s famous layup, where he switched hands mid-air, became the highlight of the entire series as the world watched a boy become a man. Michael Jordan was viewed as a superstar who could not win before 1991 as he had come so close and lost in the conference finals each year. Jordan silenced his doubters with his spectacular showing and has never looked back since 1991.

1992 – Back-to-back Championships for the first time

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Michael Jordan (Source: Twitter)

1992 saw Jordan and the Bulls face the one guy constantly compared to Michael Jordan, Clyde ‘the glide’ Drexler. Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trailblazers made the NBA finals in 1989 but lost to the Detroit Pistons. Before the finals, NBA analysts were critical of Jordan’s matchup as Drexler was a great perimeter defender, and Jordan was not good at shooting threes.

Michael Jordan once again silenced his critics by shooting six three-pointers in the first half of Game 1, which remains an NBA record. MJ famously looked at Ahmad Rashad on the scorer’s table and shrugged after hitting his sixth three in supreme confidence. Jordan and the Bulls closed out the series in 6 games and became only the third team to win back-to-back championships at the time.

1993 – First three-peat and MVP revenge

Michael Jordan was on back-to-back league MVPs in 1992 and was well positioned to three-peat, but Charles Barkley got in. Michael Jordan admitted that he had no problem with Barkley winning the award but felt he should have won it instead. To everyone’s delight, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley met in the NBA finals to settle the MVP debate.

Michael Jordan went on to have his most dominant finals performance of his career yet, averaging 41 points over six games to torch the Phoenix Suns. The Chicago Bulls took a convincing 3-1 lead in the series and looked to close it out at home in game 5. However, an inspired performance by Barkley and the Suns pushed the series to six games. The Bulls had to travel to Phoenix for game six and possibly seven, and Jordan famously told the team he would only carry one suit as he was closing the series in six games, so they did.

1996 – The year the Chicago Bulls broke the NBA wins record

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Michael Jordan (R) (Source: Twitter)

The 1995/96 Chicago Bulls team is considered one of the greatest of all time and for a good reason. Michael Jordan led them to a 72-10 season while destroying all the competition in his way. This remains the most successful season to lead to an NBA championship. The Bulls faced Gary Payton and the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA finals.

The Supersonics were the clear underdogs and went down 3-0 in the series. However, after game 3, defensive player of the year Gary Payton decided to guard Michael Jordan, and the Sonics won the next two games to end their home-court stretch. However, MJ closed the series out on Father’s Day in 1996 to win his first championship since his dad’s passing in 1993.

1997 – The Flu Game

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Michael Jordan (Source: Twitter)

The 1997 NBA season saw the Chicago Bulls attempt the unprecedented feat of winning back-to-back NBA titles yet again. To fuel the fire, Michael Jordan was snubbed for the MVP award by Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz. Like in 1993, Jordan and the man who stole his MVP met in the NBA finals. The Bulls took a commanding 2-0 lead, but the Jazz leveled it at 2-2 after the series moved to Utah.

The pivotal game 5 was the Flu Game. Michael Jordan reportedly got the flu the night before the game after eating a Pizza he ordered late at night. Jordan was vomiting all day in the build-up to the game and was on IV fluids all day. Jordan showed up to the game in no state to play and struggled to find his feet initially. However, once he got into the zone, he scored 38 points in game five while running on fumes to give Chicago a 3-2 lead. The Bulls closed the series at home in game 6.

1998 – The perfect shot for the perfect farewell

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Michael Jordan (Source: Twitter)

The Chicago Bulls were close to being taken apart as a team in 1997, with owner Jerry Krause pushing for a rebuild with aging stars. Head coach Phil Jackson convinced him to keep the core together for one final year and called it “The Last Dance.” Michael Jordan won his final league MVP in 1998 and led the Bulls to the Finals again with a chance at their second three-peat.

The Chicago Bulls faced the Utah Jazz in a finals rematch from 1997. The Utah Jazz won game one as the home seed and shocked the world. Michael Jordan took over since then and led the Bulls to win the next three games in a row scoring a dominant 37 points in game 2. The Utah Jazz were arguably the best team Jordan had faced in the NBA finals since 1991 and pushed the series to six.

Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals is considered one of the most controversial yet iconic games ever. Firstly the Utah Jazz had a shot disallowed for a shot-clock violation when replays showed it was not. Following that, the Bulls had a picture of their own allowed despite it being shot after the buzzer. However, all of it culminated in Michael Jordan picking Karl Malones pocket in the last minute of the game and hitting his patented mid-rage jumper to seal the championship.

Who has more rings, Michael Jordan or LeBron James?

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LeBron James and Michael Jordan (Source: Twitter)

Michael Jordan has more rings than LeBron James, with 6 of his own to LeBron’s 4. LeBron James won his championships with three teams across two decades, with titles in 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2020.

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