Michael Jordan turns 50 years old on Sunday. 

No matter how much his Charlotte Bobcats struggle, no matter how much he loses on the golf course, one thing is clear: His reputation as a basketball player will forever remain impeccable. Kobe Bryant has taken his best shot, and LeBron James may (may) eventually prove to be the superior player, but nobody will ever make as big of an impact on basketball as Jordan.

Trying to rank his accomplishments is a nearly impossible task. You can get lost on YouTube for days and have the NBA on NBC theme stuck in your head for weeks. But in honor of his 50th birthday, Sports on Earth presents the 50 greatest moments of Jordan's career. Argue away, although it must be noted that ranking random games from 10 years apart, ad campaigns and off-the-court activities is a rather subjective and non-scientific process. The possibilities are infinite.

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50. After a Sam Perkins block, Jordan runs the floor for the ultimate exclamation-point dunk to close out a win over Maryland for North Carolina. (1984)

49. En route to his first career NBA title, Jordan scores 38 points and grabs a career-best 19 rebounds against the 76ers. (1991)

48. Shaquille O'Neal was the next big thing in the NBA, and he proved it with 29 points and 24 rebounds in his first trip to Chicago. Not to be upstaged individually, Jordan attempted 49 shots and scored 64 points – although Shaq's Magic won the game 128-124. (1993)

47. Kobe, meet Michael. (1996)

46. With the help of ultimate sports fan Bill Murray, Jordan saves the careers of Muggsy Bogues, Shawn Bradley, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson and Patrick Ewing by beating the Monstars. Eight-year-olds like me celebrate wildly and buy it on VHS. (1996)

45. Jordan embarrasses Malik Sealy with a ridiculous ball fake. (1996)

44. Jordan makes his college debut for North Carolina in a 74-67 win against Kansas. (1981)

43. Jordan wins the slam dunk contest for the first time. (1987)

42. Jordan and the Dream Team make their debut against Cuba at the Tournament of the Americas in Portland. (1992)

41. Jordan notches his first of 28 regular-season triple-doubles, scoring 35 points with 15 assists and 14 rebounds in a 122-113 win over the Nuggets. (1985)

40. Jordan goes off for 56 points against the Heat in the playoffs. (1992)

39. Jordan posterizes Patrick Ewing in the first round of the playoffs. (1991)

38. Jordan and Scottie Pippen team up to make life hell for future teammate Toni Kukoc in the Dream Team's second game in the Olympics. (1992)

37. With the third pick of the draft

36. He shot only 5 of 16 from the field, but Jordan scores 16 points with seven assists and six rebounds in his professional debut, a 109-93 win over the Washington Bullets. (1984)

35. Jordan teams up with Spike Lee's Mars Blackmon character for Nike's "Air Jordan" ad campaign. (1987)

34. "Hey, Mutombo, this one's for you," Jordan says as he closes his eyes and sinks a free throw against the Nuggets. (1992)

33. Jordan wins the Super Bowl XXVII commercials competition by teaming with Larry Bird in competing for a Big Mac. His choice of attire pushes the ad over the top. (1993)

32. Jordan drops 49 on Isiah Thomas in their first meeting after Thomas was accused of freezing him out during the All-Star game. (1985)

31. Having lost to Dominique Wilkins in 1985 and beaten him in 1987, Jordan wins the rubber match dunk contest in front of a home crowd in Chicago. (1988)

30. Gatorade tells the world to "Be Like Mike." (1991)

29. "He can't guard me." (1993)

28. With the Bulls trailing 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, Jordan scores 54 points against John Starks and the Knicks. (1993)

27. With four seconds left in the eighth game of his career, Jordan hits his first game-winning shot at Indiana. (1984)

26. "I'm back." Simple and to the point, Jordan announces to the world that he's quitting baseball and returning to the NBA. (1995)

25. After announcing his return, Jordan plays 43 minutes and scores 19 points but shoots just 7 of 28 from the field in a loss to the Pacers.

24. Jordan's return to the Bulls hits its stride at Madison Square Garden. He hits 21 of 37 shots and scores 55 points in a 113-111 win, his fifth since returning. (1995)

23. In just his ninth game as a pro, Jordan scores 45 points and records his first double-double in a 120-117 win over the Spurs. (1984)

22. Jordan goes off for 45 points on New Year's Eve against the Nets, scoring 22 points in a row at one point. He had scored 51 points against the Hornets just two days earlier. (2001)

21. Jordan ends the 1993 Eastern Conference semifinals, hitting a game-winning shot to sweep the Cavaliers.

20. Jordan unretires for the second time, only with the Washington Wizards. In his debut, he scores 19 points in a loss at the Knicks. (2001)

19. Jordan's No. 23 jersey is retired … for the first time. He'd temporarily wear No. 45 upon returning the next year. (1994)

18. Jordan becomes the oldest player to score 50 points, putting up 51 for the Wizards against the Hornets at the age of 38. (2002)

17. Eight years before the Dream Team, Jordan wins his first Olympic gold in Los Angeles with a team that included Sam Perkins, Steve Alford, Wayman Tisdale and future Dream Team teammates Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin. (1984)

16. Jordan and the Bulls finally get over the hump by sweeping Isiah Thomas and the hated Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. (1991)

15. Jordan is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and delivers a bizarre enshrinement speech. (2009)

14. Jordan sets a career high by scoring 69 points against Cleveland, while adding 18 rebounds. (1990)

13. Jordan passes to Steve Kerr for the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against Utah. (1997)

12. Jordan becomes the fourth player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Wilt Chamberlain. Kobe Bryant became the fifth in December. (2002)

11. The Shrug. Jordan gets the best of Clyde Drexler, shooting 16 of 27 from the field and 6 of 10 from three-point range to finish with 39 points and 11 assists in only 34 minutes in a blowout win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (1992)

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10. Deification

Jordan scores an NBA playoff record 63 points in the first round against the Celtics, but the Bulls lost 135-131 in double overtime. Says Larry Bird: "I think he's God disguised as Michael Jordan." (1986)

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9. The Move

In Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan delivers a breathtaking gravity-defying layup. (1991)
 

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8. Best in Class

Jordan gives Dean Smith his first national championship by sinking the game-winning shot for North Carolina against Georgetown. (1982)
 

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7. The Dream Team

The Dream Team's dominant run in Barcelona ends with Olympic gold, with Jordan's 14.9 points per game finishing second to Charles Barkley. (1992)
 

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6. Three-Peat

The Bulls complete the first of two three-peats, beating the Suns in six games, and little did we know that it would be the last we'd see of Jordan on a basketball court for nearly two years. (1993)

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5. The Mountaintop

In his seventh season in the NBA – and his second under Phil Jackson – Jordan finally wins his first championship, beating the Lakers in five games. (1991)

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4. Father's Day

On Father's Day, nearly three years after his father's death and subsequent retirement, Jordan leads the Bulls (who finished with a record 72 regular-season wins) to their fourth championship vs. Seattle in six games. He scores 22 points with nine rebounds and seven assists. (1996) 

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3. The Shot

Jordan hits a shot with six seconds left to put Chicago up. Craig Ehlo hits a layup with three seconds left to give Cleveland the lead. Then … history. Jordan hits a game-winner over Ehlo, giving the sixth-seeded Bulls a 3-2 series win over the third-seeded Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. (1989)

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2. The Flu Game

Playing with a reported 103-degree fever, Jordan drops 38 points on the Jazz to spur a comeback win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on his way to his fifth championship. (1997)

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1. The Last Shot 

The Bulls dynasty ends on the perfect note, with Jordan crossing over Bryon Russell and hitting the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, giving him his sixth and final championship and completing the repeat three-peat. (1998)