Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. He grew up one of five children, and moved to North Carolina at a young age. In Wilmington, North Carolina, Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School where he played football, baseball, and basketball. During his sophomore year, he was cut from the varsity basketball team. This motivated Jordan to work on his basketball skills, which eventually led to Jordan being selected as a McDonald’s All-American after averaging a triple-double his senior year. Colleges noticed Jordan’s talents, and he accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981.
As a freshman at North Carolina, Jordan averaged over 13 points per game (ppg) and was consequently named ACC freshman of the year. He would go on to hit the game-winning shot during the 1982 NCAA Championship game, be selected as a consensus NCAA All-American First Team during his sophomore and junior years, and win the Wooden College Player of the Year in 1984. After a storied college basketball career, Jordan decided to forego his senior season and declared himself eligible for the 1984 NBA Draft.
After the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers passed on Jordan, the Chicago Bulls picked him 3rd overall in the 1984 NBA Draft. Before Jordan arrived, the Bulls were a struggling franchise averaging approx. 6,000 fans at their home games. Yet, because of Jordan’s electric high-flying act and competitive spirit, this quickly changed. Jordan was named to the NBA All-Star team and won Rookie of the Year his first season. That was only the beginning.
Often referred to as the “Greatest Basketball Player Of All Time,” Jordan went on to win 6 NBA Championships, 6 NBA Finals MVP awards, 5 NBA MVP awards, 10 scoring titles, an NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and he left the game with the highest career scoring average at 30.12 ppg. Plus, he achieved all of this while wearing some of the most prolific and innovative sneakers ever created. Although Nike was not his first choice, Jordan met with Nike to please his parents. The relationship changed sports forever, and Jordan became one of the most marketed sports figures in history.
In 1997, Jordan became its own brand under the Nike umbrella. Today, Jordan Brand touts retro releases, sport shoes, lifestyle shoes, apparel, and equipment. Plus, they also have an impressive line-up of athletes, including Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Ray Allen, Chris Paul, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Andre Johnson, and Denny Hamlin.
Air Jordan 1
The sneaker that started it all. Released in 1985, the Air Jordan 1 is the only Air Jordan model that has a Nike Swoosh. The NBA banned it for violating their uniform policy.
Air Jordan II
At the time of its release in ’86, the Air Jordan II was refereed to as the most refined basketball sneaker ever made. Manufactured in Italy, it sports faux lizard skin and a “Wings” logo.
Air Jordan III
Constructed with “elephant print” and a visible Air Sole unit, the Air Jordan III is a fan favorite. It was also the first Air Jordan model to feature a “Jumpman” logo.
Air Jordan IV
The Air Jordan IV was featured in Spike Lee’s popular movie “Do The Right Thing.” They have a mid-cut design, large “Flight” logo on the tongue, and plastic lace hole accents.
Air Jordan V
Inspired by the 1940s Mustang fighter plane, the Air Jordan V has a jagged “shark teeth” design on the midsole. It was the first model with a translucent outsole, and also came with lace locks.
Air Jordan VI
With a streamline design and rear spoiler, the inspiration for the Air Jordan VI was Jordan’s slant-nosed Porsche. This comfortable model also has a neoprene inner bootie.
Air Jordan VII
Using West African Tribal art as inspiration, the Air Jordan VII was touted for its unique style and performance on the court. Many applauded its snug-fitting neoprene sockliner.
Air Jordan VIII
A unique cross belt system was implemented into the design for the Air Jordan VIII, which marked a significant departure from previous designs. They also sported a carpeted logo on the tongue.
Air Jordan IX
The Air Jordan IX design incorporates words in multiple languages to describe Jordan’s skills and demonstrate his global appeal. The design is also noted for its “one-pull” lacing system.
Air Jordan X
The first Air Jordan to have a phylon midsole, the Air Jordan X was released in 8 colorways. The design is a combination of several models, and the sole lists MJ’s accomplishments from ’85-’94.
Air Jordan XI
With a design that incorporates patent leather and Cordura, the Air Jordan XI is an extremely popular sneaker. MJ wore them for an all-time NBA best 72-win season.
Air Jordan XII
The stitching on the Air Jordan XII represents the sun’s rays and was inspired by the Japanese Rising Sun flag. This model was also the first to feature Zoom technology.
Air Jordan XIII
Known for its performance, style and breathability, the Air Jordan XIII was inspired by the panther. They have a sole that resembles a paw, and a holographic ‘eye’.
Air Jordan XIV
Jordan’s Ferrari was the inspiration for the Air Jordan XIV. This sleek design has an asymmetrical collar, Ferrari-like Jumpman shield, mesh vents, and Zoom Air in the heel and forefoot.
Air Jordan XV
The first model released after MJ’s retirement, the X-15 jet fighter plane inspired the Air Jordan XV. This interesting design’s most noted feature is the woven Kevlar upper.
Air Jordan XVI
Although the Air Jordan XVI had a new removable magenetic shroud that covered the shoe, this design also featured elements from earlier models. The patent leather and ‘icy’ sole were welcomed.
Air Jordan XVII
Packaged in a metal carrying case, the Air Jordan XVII was known for its high price tag. Lines of an Aston Martin, jazz music, and Air Jordan innovations inspired the design.
Air Jordan XVIII
The automobile world played a part in the Air Jordan XVIII design. The rubber heel wrap was an element used on driving shoes, and the carbon fiber-based monocoque was inspired by F1 racecars.
Air Jordan XIX
Innovative materials and lightweight construction were the notable aspects of the Air Jordan XIX. A monofilament sleeving was used, which was originally made to protect PVC pipes.
Air Jordan XX
With a stylish laser etched lace cover that told the story of MJ, and an innovative Independent Podular Suspension – the Air Jordan XX was a hit. It was also backed by a popular ad with Spike Lee.
Air Jordan XXI
Performance is at the forefront on the Air Jordan XXI. This model features interchangeable cushioning, including a customizable heel zoom pillar and a heel encapsulated pillar.
Air Jordan XXII
The Air Jordan XXII is known for its technology. With the atomic number of titanium being 22, the design included a titanium shank plate, titanium lace loops, and titanium lace locks.
Air Jordan XXIII
Coined the “Greatest Basketball Shoe Ever.” The Air Jordan XXIII boasts dual density foam and full-length internal bootie. Jordan’s fingerprint was also used for the pattern on the outsole.
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