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In Focus: Michael Jordan as a rookie

Jordan grabs a rebound during a game against Milwaukee. (Manny Millan/SI) Jordan grabs a rebound during a game against Milwaukee. (Manny Millan/SI)

By Andy Gray

Portland's Damian Lillard is not only the front-runner for Rookie of the Year but he's also bidding to become the first rookie guard to play in the All-Star Game since Michael Jordan 28 years ago. As fans continue to vote, we look back at Jordan's rookie year of 1984-85.

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Jordan stretches with his teammates before a Nov. 1984 game. (Manny Millan/SI) Jordan stretches with his teammates before a November 1984 game. (Manny Millan/SI)

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Jordan chats with Dr. J before a game against the 76ers. (Manny Millan/SI) Jordan chats with Julius Erving before a game against the 76ers. (Manny Millan/SI)

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Jordan drives to the hoop during an early-season game. (John Biever/SI) Jordan drives to the hoop during an early-season game. (John Biever/SI)

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 Jordan spends a day off on the mini-golf course with teammates Orlando Woolridge (L) and Rod Higgins. (Manny Millan/SI) Jordan spends a day off on the mini-golf course with teammates Orlando Woolridge (L) and Rod Higgins. (Manny Millan/SI)

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Jordan poses with Clyde Drexler, Orlando Woolridge, Julius Erving, Terrence Stansbury, Dominique Wilkins, Larry Nance and Darrell Griffith before the 1985 Slam-Dunk Contest. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images) Jordan poses with (from left to right) Clyde Drexler, Orlando Woolridge, Julius Erving, Terrence Stansbury, Dominique Wilkins, Larry Nance and Darrell Griffith before the 1985 Slam Dunk contest. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

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Jordan dribbles past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the 1985 NBA All-Star game. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images) Jordan dribbles past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the 1985 NBA All-Star Game. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

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Jordan watches the action from the bench. (Manny Millan/SI) Jordan watches the action from the bench. (Manny Millan/SI)

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For more historic sports photos, NBA and otherwise, visit the SI Photo Blog and follow Andy Gray on Twitter.

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