Following the incredible buzz of the Air Jordan I, Nike commissioned Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore to improve upon the iconic shoe’s success with their design of the Air Jordan II. The new version of the Air Jordan was released in November of 1986 and featured upgraded materials in the upper (a high-quality Italian leather provided both comfort and durability).
A full length Air unit was also inserted into the midsole to enhance the cushioning on Jordan’s foot; the superstar had broken it early in 1985-86 and had missed the majority of the season, making this feature a must-have for his signature shoe. The shoes’ high-top cut also gave Jordan’s legs a measure of stability by providing excellent ankle support. The result of these innovations was Michael Jordan unleashing the single greatest scoring season of his career. He topped 40 points in a game a staggering 37 times and went for 50 or more eight times, setting a career-best 37.1 points per game average. While it’s hard to choose given how many incredible games he had, here are the 10 Best Performances in the Air Jordan II.
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