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How Many Championship Rings Does Michael Jordan Have?

Written by: Christian Jope
Published June 27, 2023
8 min read

Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all-time, has etched his name in NBA history through his collection of NBA championship rings. With a remarkable total of six NBA titles won during his illustrious career with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan's impact on the game is undeniable. His unparalleled skills, legendary competitiveness, and clutch performances repeatedly propelled his teams to victory at every level.

Beyond his incredible championship triumphs, Jordan's influence extends far beyond the basketball court, becoming one of the most recognizable people, let alone athletes, in the world. We'll break down the journey behind Jordan's championship rings and delve into the lasting legacy he has left on the NBA.

Michael Jordan Championship Rings

Michael Jordan Career Profile, Awards, & Accomplishments

Name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan

Position: Shooting Guard

Height: 6-6 (198 cm)

Weight: 198 lbs (89 kg)

School: North Carolina

Draft: Chicago Bulls (3rd Pick, 3rd Overall, 1985)

  • NBA Champion (1991-93, 1996-98)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1991-93, 1996-98)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
  • NBA All-Star (1985-93, 1996-98, 2002, 2003)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
  • All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1985)
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
  • NBA Scoring Champion (1987-93, 1996-98)
  • NBA Steals Leader (1988, 1990, 1993)
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1987, 1988)

1991: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1990-9161-21114.6105.2110.042.627.010.05.3.510/44.3.366/1.9
League Rank1st (East)1st7th7th15th4th4th12th2nd/3rd3rd/16th

In the 1990-91 NBA season, Michael Jordan began his legacy by winning his first NBA Championship. Jordan displayed his exceptional abilities with the Chicago Bulls, leading his team to an impressive 61-win season. With his top-tier athleticism and scoring ability, Jordan averaged a staggering 31.5 points per game, earning him his fifth consecutive scoring title.

His tenacious defense and leadership on the court also helped him secure his second NBA MVP award. However, Jordan's season was defined by his remarkable playoff performance, culminating in the Bulls' first-ever NBA championship. Jordan averaged 31.1 points per game in the playoffs through his playoff run, including a memorable 36-point opening performance in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. With his exceptional skills and unwavering determination, Michael Jordan solidified his place in history during the 1990-91 season.

1992: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1991-9267-15115.5104.5109.944.027.88.25.9.508/44.4.304/1.7
League Rank1st (East)1st4th5th13th 3rd18th 11th1st/2nd22nd/21st

During the 1991-92 NBA season, Michael Jordan continued his dominance on the basketball court, leaving a lasting impact on the game. Jordan propelled his team to an impressive 67-win season with the Chicago Bulls, dominating any opponent. Now known as the league's best scorer, Jordan averaged a remarkable 30.1 points per game, earning him his sixth consecutive scoring title.

Jordan's continued competitiveness was instrumental in guiding the Bulls to their second consecutive NBA championship. Jordan's performances reached new heights during the playoffs, averaging 34.5 points per game, including a breathtaking 46-point display in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. With a second NBA Championship to his name, Jordan established his control over the NBA.

1993: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1992-9357-25112.9106.1105.243.626.09.55.0.482/42.4.365/15th
League Rank2nd (East)2nd7th15th12th6th5th15th11th/4th2nd/15th

Michael Jordan's 1992-93 NBA season represented the biggest accomplishment of his playing career to that point. For the Chicago Bulls, Jordan showcased his unmatched quality, capturing his seventh consecutive scoring title with an impressive average of 32.6 points per game. His versatility was also on show all season, averaging 6.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

Jordan's exceptional performances propelled the Bulls to a modest, by their standards, 57-win season, and he led the team to their third consecutive NBA championship. His relentless drive and clutch performances, including his iconic game-winning pass to John Paxson in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, cemented his legacy. In his last season before retiring for the first time, Jordan sat atop the sporting world as its greatest athlete.

1996: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1995-9672-10115.2101.8105.244.624.89.14.2.478/40.2.402/6.6
League Rank1st (East)1st1st1st 4th5th3rd21st7th/1st3rd/10th

In his first full season back with the Bulls after retirement, the 1995-96 NBA season marked a triumphant return for His Airness. Jordan didn't miss a beat, showcasing his top-tier skills while proving he was still the best in the game. Jordan led the Bulls to an incredible 72-win season and the most wins in NBA history at that time. Jordan's dominance was on full display as he averaged an impressive 30.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He captured his eighth scoring title and earned his fourth regular-season MVP award.

As if he had no time off at all, Jordan guided the Bulls to their fourth NBA championship. In one of his more modest NBA Finals performances, Jordan defeated the Seattle SuperSonics while averaging 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists through six games. Michael Jordan was back, and he capped off his return with the Bulls' fourth NBA title.

1997: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1996-9769-13114.4102.4103.145.126.18.74.0.473/40.0.373/6.4
League Rank1st (East)1st4th1st2nd2nd7th25th3rd/1st6th/12th

The 1996-97 NBA season was just another edition in the inevitable success of Michael Jordan. Leading the Chicago Bulls once again, Jordan demonstrated his unwavering determination and exceptional skills. Despite facing challenges on and off the court, Jordan averaged 29.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Jordan helped the Bulls secure a 69-win season, the second-most wins in NBA history at that time.

Jordan's exceptional performances earned him his ninth scoring title and fifth regular-season MVP award. His clutch plays were pivotal in leading the Bulls to their fifth NBA championship. With his second back-to-back title, Jordan's success became an expectation while his fifth ring solidified his place as the ultimate NBA talent.

1998: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1997-9862-20107.799.896.744.923.88.54.3.451/37.4.323/3.8
League Rank1st (East)9th3rd9th2nd7th10th23rd16th/5th23rd/17th

The 1997-98 NBA season marked the culmination of an era as Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls. Despite rumors of retirement looming, Jordan remained an unstoppable force on the basketball court. Jordan averaged an impressive 28.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, proving he still belonged in the conversation as the league's best player. He led the Bulls to a 62-win season and captured his tenth scoring title.

Jordan's exceptional performances and leadership propelled the team to their sixth NBA championship, solidifying their dynasty. He delivered a historic game-winning shot in Game 6 in the NBA Finals to secure the title over the Utah Jazz. While it wouldn't be the last time Michael Jordan saw an NBA court as a player, it was his last as a Bull and capped off the second three-peat of his career - a record that is yet to be beaten in the modern era.

Comparing Michael Jordan's Rings to the winningest players in NBA history

Comparing Michael Jordan's championship rings to the winningest players in NBA history showcases his unparalleled success and famous hunger for victory. Jordan's six NBA championships, earned during his legendary tenure with the Chicago Bulls, place him in the elite company of basketball's most outstanding winners.

Even when compared with the achievements of other NBA legends, such as Bill Russell's 11 championships with the Boston Celtics or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's six titles split between the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan's accomplishments shine brightly.

PlayerNo. of RingsYears WonTeam(s)
Bill Russell111957, 1959-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones101959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-95, 2000-2002, 2005, 2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Magic Johnson51980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88Los Angeles Lakers
Tim Duncan51999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant52000-02, 2009-10Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James42012-13, 2016, 2020Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

Michael Jordan's NBA Finals appearances compared to NBA legends

Michael Jordan's NBA Finals appearances exemplify his unmatched dominance and relentless competitive drive, firmly establishing him among basketball's most revered legends. With six trips to the NBA Finals, all resulting in championships for the Chicago Bulls, Jordan's track record outshines many other esteemed NBA icons. His consistent ability to perform at an the top level during crucial moments solidifies his status as one of the greatest performers in NBA history.

PlayerFinals AppearancesYearTeam(s)
Bill Russell121957, 1959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones111958-1966, 1968-1969Boston Celtics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar101971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1989Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James102007, 2011-2014, 2015-2018, 2020Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Tom Heinsohn

9

1957-1965

Boston Celtics

Magic Johnson

9

1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991

Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry West9

1962-1966, 1968-1970

Los Angeles Lakers

Frank Ramsey

8

1957-1964

Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones81959-1966Boston Celtics
John Havlicek81963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976Boston Celtics
Bob Cousy71957-1963Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-1995, 2000-2002, 2005-2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant72000-2002 2004, 2008-2010Los Angeles Lakers
James Worthy61984-1985, 1987-1989, 1991Los Angeles Lakers 
Michael Jordan61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Shaquille O'Neal61995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat
Tim Duncan61999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker52003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Larry Bird51981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987Boston Celtics

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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