The Miami Heat: Are They the Closest Thing We've Seen to Jordan's Bulls?

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The Miami Heat: Are They the Closest Thing We've Seen to Jordan's Bulls?
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In 1984, the Chicago Bulls drafted a talented young guard named Michael Jordan from the University of North Carolina. It quickly became clear that Jordan was a superb talent, as he immediately dominated the league and, in his third season, averaged an amazing 37.1 points per game.

However, Jordan was never able to achieve much in the playoffs during these seasons. It wasn’t until 1987, when the Bulls acquired Scottie Pippen, that Jordan and the Bulls even made it past the first round.

In 1991, the Bulls finally started winning championships. The keys to their victory were the core of Jordan, the mega-athletic scoring guard, and Pippen, the amazingly versatile sidekick, as well as solid role players and shut-down team defense, starting with Pippen, one of the best wing defenders in history, and Jordan, who was himself an elite perimeter defender.

Sound familiar?

The 2011 Miami Heat seem to follow this design perfectly.

Here is a breakdown of the similarities and differences between Jordan’s Bulls and the current Miami Heat.

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