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# Mean

## Sum of the values divided by the number of values

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## Michael Jordan’s Points Per Game Career Mean

### Topic

Michael Jordan’s Points Per Game Career Mean

### Vocabulary

• Mean
• Ungrouped Data
• Frequency Distribution Table

### Student Exploration

#### Is Michael Jordan the best basketball player in the history of the game?

Many would argue that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player in the history of the game. One fact that many sports fan use to argue this is Jordan’s the number of points per he scored per game.

Analyze the following table of the points Jordan scored per game by season, based on his NBA record at http://www.nba.com/playerfile/michael_jordan/index.html.

Michael Jordan’s points per game by season.
Season Points Per Game
1984-1985 28.2
1985-1986 22.7
1986-1987 37.1
1987-1988 35.0
1988-1989 32.5
1989-1990 33.6
1990-1991 31.5
1991-1992 30.1
1992-1993 32.6
1994-1995 26.9
1995-1996 30.4
1996-1997 29.6
1997-1998 28.7
2001-2002 22.9
2002-2003 20.0
1. Calculate Jordan’s career mean of points per game.

### Extension Investigation

Is Michael Jordan the greatest basketball player in the history of basketball? Compare his career mean of points per game to another current basketball star. Use this website to research statistics about NBA players, http://www.nba.com/statistics/player/Scoring.jsp.

1. Find the career mean of points per game of the current basketball star.
2. How do they match up? Compare the means of the two stars.
3. Who do you think the better basketball player is? What other evidence would be needed to create a stronger argument?
4. Upload the two means to the CK12 website and compare with what other CK12 users find.

Not into basketball? Research the mean career statistic of another athlete in a sport other than basketball.

1. Upload the means to the CK12 website and compare with what other CK12 users find.

### Connections to other CK-12 Subject Areas

• Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
• Mean

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