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jordan's playoff record without pippen Original post: Thu 7/9/2020 at 12:55 PM

There are three things that make Jordan's playoff numbers even more impressive

1. All 6 of Jordan's Titles came with the Bulls having a sub-90 pace in the playoffs

Championship Teams with a Sub-90 Pace in the Playoffs
- 1994 Rockets - 89.9
- 2010 Lakers - 89.6
- 1992 Bulls - 89.0
- 1989 Pistons - 88.9
- 2007 Spurs - 88.9
- 1993 Bulls - 88.5
- 1991 Bulls - 88.1
- 2012 Heat - 88.0
- 2013 Heat - 87.3
- 2005 Spurs - 87.3
- 1996 Bulls - 86.8
- 2011 Mavericks - 86.6
- 2004 Pistons - 86.1
- 2008 Celtics - 85.9
- 1997 Bulls - 85.5
- 1999 Spurs - 85.4
- 1998 Bulls - 84.1

Amongst championship teams, the Bulls have
- 6 of the top 15 slowest playoff paces
- 5 of the top 12 slowest playoff paces
- 4 of the top 11 slowest playoff paces
- 3 of the top 7 slowest playoff paces
- 2 of the top 3 slowest playoff paces
- the slowest playoff pace

The Spurs are the only other team with 3 championships at a sub-90 playoff pace. This means that Jordan had less possessions to put up his numbers compared to everyone else.

For the regular season, the only time the league averaged a sub-90 pace was the 1998/99 lockout season for 50 games at an 88.9 pace - which is still higher than all but one of the Championship Bulls' playoff paces - 1992 at 89.0

2. Jordan had BY FAR the least offensive help of any championship-leading player

Supporting cast PPG is calculated by
((Team Total Playoff Points) - (Leading Scorer Total Playoff Points)) / Number of Games

All Sub-60 ppg supporting casts in the NBA Finals for Championship Teams
Post-1954 (Shot-Clock Era)

5. 1994 Rockets - 59.3 PPG
4. 2006 Heat - 58.2 PPG
3. 1999 Spurs - 57.4 PPG
2. 1997 Bulls - 55.5 PPG
1. 1998 Bulls - 54.5 PPG

The only two sub-56 PPG supporting casts to win an NBA Finals since 1954 were led by Jordan at 34 and 35 years old. Jordan carried the two biggest offensive loads on a post-1954 championship team in Finals history, at 34 and 35 years old no less.

Supporting cast PPG is calculated by
((Team Total Finals Points) - (Leading Scorer Total Finals Points)) / (Number of Games)

Title teams with sub-70 PPG supporting casts for the overall playoffs
Post-1954 (Shot-Clock Era)

12. 2002 Lakers - 69.4 PPG
11. 2000 Lakers - 69.0 PPG
10. 1994 Rockets - 68.3 PPG
9. 2006 Heat - 67.8 PPG
8. 1993 Bulls - 67.3 PPG
7. 2012 Heat - 67.0 PPG
6. 1996 Bulls - 66.7 PPG

Title teams with sub-66 PPG supporting casts for the overall playoffs
Post-1954 (Shot Clock Era)

5. 1992 Bulls - 65.9 PPG
4. 2004 Pistons - 65.6 PPG
3. 1999 Spurs - 65.2 PPG
2. 1997 Bulls - 61.5 PPG
1. 1998 Bulls - 60.8 PPG

In the shot-clock era, Jordan has
- 5 of the 8 lowest scoring playoff supporting casts for title teams
- 4 of the 6 lowest scoring playoff supporting casts for title teams
- 3 of the 5 lowest scoring playoff supporting casts for title teams
- The 2 lowest scoring playoff supporting casts for title teams
- Jordan is the only player to lead multiple top 10 lowest-scoring playoff supporting casts among title teams and he did it FIVE times.

The only player to lead a lesser scoring supporting cast to the NBA Finals than the 1997 or 1998 Bulls is Allen Iverson on the 2001 Sixers. The 2001 Sixers' teammates outside of Iverson scored 60.3 PPG in the 22 playoff games Iverson played. Game 3 against the Bucks in which Iverson did not play is excluded from this calculation.

Supporting cast PPG is calculated by
((Team Total Playoff Points) - (Leading Scorer Total Playoff Points)) / (Number of Games)

With Jordan having the least offensive help of all-time BY FAR
that means opposing defenses could focus much more exclusively on him.

3. Jordan's Bulls have the hardest overall playoff strength of schedule of any dynasty

Collective Win Percentage of Playoff Opponents: Title Teams who Played 4 Rounds
Top 15 Hardest Playoff Strengths of Schedule
(0.726) - 1995 Rockets (238-90)
(0.686) - 1997 Bulls (225-103)
(0.674) - 2016 Cavaliers (221-107)
(0.671) - 2002 Lakers (220-108)
(0.668) - 1993 Bulls (219-109)

(0.668) - 2001 Lakers (219-109)
(0.665) - 2011 Mavericks (218-110)
(0.662) - 2005 Spurs (217-111)
(0.659) - 2014 Spurs (216-112)
(0.652) - 1998 Bulls (214-114)

(0.652) - 2006 Heat (214-114)
(0.652) - 2009 Lakers (214-114)
(0.649) - 1994 Rockets (213-115)
(0.649) - 1996 Bulls (213-115)
(0.646) - 2000 Lakers (212-116)

1990s Bulls have the most spots in the top 10 with 3
1990s Bulls and 2000s Lakers have the most spots in the top 15 with 4 apiece

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