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Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan Comparison

Head-to-head comparison between the NBA stars Michael Jordan and Larry Bird that includes championships won, honors and awards obtained, regular season and playoffs stats and other data put side by side.

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Who scored more points in his career? Who averaged more points in playoffs? Who won more championships? Who led the season more times? Who won more MVP awards? Those questions and many more, are answered here. It includes NBA Championships, seasons, playoffs, awards, statistical data for points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and percentages.

Head-To-Head Career Comparison

NBA Timeline:
1946-47
2017-18
Larry Bird:
1980 to 1992
Michael Jordan:
1985 to 2003

NBA Championships and Seasons

Larry Bird 3
Michael Jordan 6
Larry Bird 13
Michael Jordan 15
Larry Bird 12
Michael Jordan 13
Larry Bird 12
Michael Jordan 14

Honors and Awards

Larry Bird 3
Michael Jordan 5
Larry Bird 2
Michael Jordan 6
Larry Bird 9
Michael Jordan 10
All-NBA Teams
(Total Selections)
Larry Bird 10
Michael Jordan 11
Larry Bird 0
Michael Jordan 9
All-Defensive Teams
(Total Selections)
Larry Bird 3
Michael Jordan 9
Larry Bird 0 *
Michael Jordan 1
Larry Bird 0
Michael Jordan 10
Larry Bird 0
Michael Jordan 3
Larry Bird 1
Michael Jordan 1
* Notes: Defensive Player of The Year is awarded since 1982-83.

NBA Regular Season Stats

Stats Per Game

Larry Bird 24.3
Michael Jordan 30.1

Larry Bird 10.0
Michael Jordan 6.2

Larry Bird 6.3
Michael Jordan 5.3

Larry Bird 1.7
Michael Jordan 2.3

Larry Bird 0.8
Michael Jordan 0.8

Totals Stats

Larry Bird 21,791
Michael Jordan 32,292

Larry Bird 8,974
Michael Jordan 6,672

Larry Bird 5,695
Michael Jordan 5,633

Larry Bird 1,556
Michael Jordan 2,514

Larry Bird 755
Michael Jordan 893

Larry Bird 897
Michael Jordan 1,072

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
Larry Bird .496
Michael Jordan .497

3-Point Percentage
Larry Bird .376
Michael Jordan .327

Free Throw Percentage
Larry Bird .886
Michael Jordan .835

Best Season (no game minimum)

Larry Bird 29.9
(1988)
Michael Jordan 37.1
(1987)

Larry Bird 11.0
(1983)
Michael Jordan 8.0
(1989)

Larry Bird 7.6
(1987)
Michael Jordan 8.0
(1989)

Larry Bird 2.0
(1986)
Michael Jordan 3.2
(1988)

Larry Bird 1.2
(1985)
Michael Jordan 1.6
(1988)

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NBA Playoffs Stats

Stats Per Game

Larry Bird 23.8
Michael Jordan 33.4

Larry Bird 10.3
Michael Jordan 6.4

Larry Bird 6.5
Michael Jordan 5.7

Larry Bird 1.8
Michael Jordan 2.1

Larry Bird 0.9
Michael Jordan 0.9

Totals Stats

Larry Bird 3,897
Michael Jordan 5,987

Larry Bird 1,683
Michael Jordan 1,152

Larry Bird 1,062
Michael Jordan 1,022

Larry Bird 296
Michael Jordan 376

Larry Bird 145
Michael Jordan 158

Larry Bird 164
Michael Jordan 179

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
Larry Bird .472
Michael Jordan .487

3-Point Percentage
Larry Bird .321
Michael Jordan .332

Free Throw Percentage
Larry Bird .890
Michael Jordan .828

Best Playoffs (no game minimum)

Larry Bird 27.5
(1984)
Michael Jordan 43.7
(1986)

Larry Bird 14.0
(1981)
Michael Jordan 7.9
(1997)

Larry Bird 8.8
(1990)
Michael Jordan 8.5
(1985)

Larry Bird 2.3
(1984)
Michael Jordan 2.8
(1990)

Larry Bird 1.4
(1982)
Michael Jordan 2.3
(1987)

 
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