Bleacher Report’s All-Time Player Rankings: NBA’s Top 50 Revealed

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Per Game: 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks

Per 75 Possessions: 30.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.8 blocks

Relative True Shooting Percentage: +3.7

Net Rating Swing: N/A

Box Plus/Minus: 8.1

Win Shares per 48 Minutes: 0.250

In baseball, there’s a simple analytical concept known as Black Ink.’s Joe Posnanski explained:

“…Black Ink simply refers to the times when a player leads the league in a category (you know how they will show that number in bold letters in the stats…that’s Black Ink).

“Bill James came up with Black Ink but it’s one of his less involved, more fun inventions. He thought it would be a cool way to predict Hall of Fame chances. He’d give players four points for every time they led the league in something people thought was hugely important, like batting average, homers or RBIs. He’d give three points for something a little bit less regarded like runs scored or hits, two points for stuff like doubles or stolen bases, and one point for the baseline stuff like games played.”

Let’s talk about Jordan’s Black Ink for a moment, shall we?

He led the NBA in points per game 10 times, steals per game three times, minutes per game twice, box plus/minus five times, wins over replacement player seven times, win shares per 48 minutes eight times and win shares nine times.


Head over to MJ’s Basketball Reference page and you’ll see loads of Black Ink (boldface type in our fancy digital age).

As far as career leaderboards go, Jordan is first in points per game (30.1), usage percentage (33.3) and win

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