It was the best move by Chicago Bulls in the NBA History. After Houston Rockets used their first pick to draft Hakeem Olajuwon from the University of Houston and after Portland Trail Blazers used the second overall pick to draft Sam Bowie from the University of Kentucky, the Chicago Bulls used the third pick to select Michael Jordan from the University of North Carolina.
In 1981, as a freshman at North Carolina, Jordan was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 points per game on 53.4% shooting. He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. Jordan later described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career.
In three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, and added 5.0 rpg. He was selected to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons.
After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina and he was ready to play for the Chicago Bulls.
He signed 12th September for $630,000 in 1984. In year two, Jordan made $845,000 dollars.
Jordan made over $90 million dollars in 13 years as a pro. But he made over two-thirds of that in two years, earning $30,140,000 in 1996-97 and $33,140,000 in 1997-98.
He won six NBA Championships with Chicago Bulls and he never lost in the NBA Finals.