The third overall pick of the 1984 NBA Draft, Michael Jeffrey Jordan, has come to personify not just winning and greatness, but the game of basketball itself. From his early days at Laney High School in Wilmington, NC, to his final ring with the Chicago Bulls in 1998, MJ has had a storied career that extends well beyond the confines of any basketball court.

A six-time champion, and six-time Finals MVP, Jordan was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the ‘80s and ‘90s. But, what if his Airness never suited up for the red and black? What if he chose to pursue baseball instead? While we shudder at the thought, a more thorough examination is necessary. From the No. 23 being just another jersey to the Bulls possibly still calling Chicago Stadium home, check out, 23 Ways NBA History Would Be Different Without Michael Jordan.

Written by Adam Silvers (@silversurfer103)

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