23 Ways NBA History Would Be Different Without Michael Jordan

The Chicago Bulls would not be one of the NBA's most storied franchises.

Having never won an NBA championship, and only qualifying for the playoffs twice between 1976 and 1984, the future looked bleak for the Chicago Bulls. They narrowly missed out on Magic Johnson during the '79 NBA Draft, and must've thought things couldn't get any worse. Enter Michael Jordan.

The Bulls selected MJ with the third overall pick in the '84 Draft, and he would go on to lead them to six NBA titles, starting in 1991 under the Zen Master himself, Phil Jackson. Jordan transformed the Bulls into perennial playoff contenders, and one of the most sought after free agent destinations. Not to mention the influence he had on Chicago natives, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade.

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