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Before the mid-80s when the draft changed the landscape in the Chicago Bulls franchise, the Bulls were better known for being a mid-echelon non-playoff team.
Thank God for the bust of Sam Bowie because in 1984, Trail Blazers selected the center out of Kentucky over the great Michael Jordan. Nabbing the greatest this league has ever seen at the third pick is a moment that rearranged the city of Chicago as a whole.
MJ changed the endorsement world for the black athlete, is third all-time in points, second all-time in steals, a five-time MVP, six-time champion, six-time Finals MVP, 10-time scoring champ and has the highest scoring average in league history at 30.1. His Airness is the most celebrated athlete in league history and dominated the '90s, helping relieve fans after the retirements of both Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
Every Batman needs a Robin and for MJ, his Robin was Scottie Pippen. The 6'7" 220-pound athletic freak was a winner in every way. Pippen was the defensive cog to the Bulls' swarming defenses in the '90s. He is sixth all-time in steals and was the second go-to-guy offensively averaging 19.5 points for the Bulls' six title teams.
A long-armed and unselfish player, Pippen set the bar as the best sidekick in league history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
These two cap the greatest duo in league history. Many critics believe had MJ not retired for two years to play baseball, the Bulls would have won eight championships in a row in the 90s.