Playing on six USA Basketball teams between 1981 and 1992, Michael Jordan tallied a 34-5 record in a USA jersey, winning gold at the 1984 and 1992 Olympics, the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1992 Tournament of the Americas.
Michael Jordan was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1983, 1984 (co-recipient) and in 1992 as part of the U.S. Olympic Team.
Michael Jordan’s first USA Basketball experience was just after he graduated high school at the 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival, where he played for the South Team and went 2-2 to finish in second place.
Between his freshman and sophomore seasons at the University of North Carolina, Michael Jordan was a member of the 1982 USA Select Team that went 2-3. The team was put together, in part, to honor the 50th anniversary of the formation of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and competed against a European all-star team and the Yugoslavia National Team. He is pictured here in the back row, fifth from the right.
As a rising college junior in the summer of 1983, Michael Jordan averaged 17.3 points per game to help the USA to an 8-0 record and gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela.
In the USA men’s Pan American Games record books, Michael Jordan lists third for single-competition total points (138) and sixth for for points averaged (17.3 ppg.); fourth in career highs for total points; and is tied for seventh in single-game points scored with 27 against Brazil on Aug. 16, 1983.
After his junior season at the University of North Carolina but before he took the court for the Chicago Bulls in the fall of 1984, Michael Jordan was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team that won a gold medal with an 8-0 record in Los Angeles.
At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Michael Jordan averaged a team-high 17.1 point per contest in the USA’s eight games.
Michael Jordan returned to USA Basketball for the 1992 Tournament of the Americas, helping the USA to qualify for the 1992 Olympic Games, finishing in first place with a 6-0 record in Portland, Oregon.
In the USA men’s AmericCup (Tournament of the Americas) record books, Michael Jordan (right) is tied for first for single-game 3-point percentage (4-4 3pt FGs vs. Panama on June 30, 1992); is third for single-competition steals per game (1.83); and is tied for fifth for single-competition assists (5.0 apg. In 1992). He is pictured here alongside Chris Mullin (left).
For the first time, NBA athletes took part in Olympic competition in Barcelona at the 1992 Olympic Games, with Michael Jordan as perhaps the most famous member of the Dream Team. He is pictured here in Monte Carlo while playing a round of golf prior to the Olympics.
The 1992 team averaged an Olympic record 117.3 points per game and won by an average of 43.8 points. The closest any opponent could come was 32 points, 117-85 versus Croatia in the gold medal game. From left to right: Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, Chris Mullin and Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan holds U.S. men’s Olympic single-game records for field goals attempted (22 vs. Croatia on July 27, 1992) and single-game steals (eight twice, vs. Angola on July 26, 1992 and vs. Croatia on July 27, 1992), and he is tied with four other players for assists (12 vs. Germany on July 29, 1992).
Among single-competition U.S. Olympic men’s highs, Michael Jordan is first for steals (37 in 1992), first and second in field goals attempted (113 in 1992 and 110 in 1984), second for field goals made (60 in 1984) and fifth for total points (137 in 1984).
Pictured here with Magic Johnson (right), Michael Jordan (left) is one of 19 players to have suited up in at least 16 Olympic games for the United States.
Playing in two Olympics (1984 and 1992), Michael Jordan lists first for U.S Olympic men’s career steals (49), second for career field goals made (111) and attempted (223), fifth for career points (256), tied for seventh for career assists (54).
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