Houston Rockets: What If Jordan, Hakeem and Drexler Played Together?

Mike B.Correspondent IDecember 3, 2010

The dynamic duo of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler steered the Houston Rockets to an NBA title in 1995.

It was the second and final championship for Olajuwon and the only of Drexler's career. But, just imagine how many the two Hall of Famers would have won if they had teamed with the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan.

Those three on the same roster seems like a fairy tale, but according to Olajuwon, it very well could've happened. In his book "Living the Dream", he claimed that in 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers offered the Rockets the No. 2 overall pick in the draft as well as Drexler for star center Ralph Sampson.

The Rockets passed on the deal and kept Sampson to form a "Twin Towers" with Olajuwon, who was selected by Houston with the top pick in the '84 draft. Portland chose Sam Bowie second overall and Jordan wound up going to the Chicago Bulls third.

But what if the Rockets didn't turn down the deal and used that No. 2 pick to draft Jordan? The NBA's landscape would have changed dramatically. That's what would have happened.

Let's say the "Big Three" of "Air Jordan", "Hakeem The Dream", and "Clyde the Glide" stay together in Houston from 1984 up until 1998. How many rings do they collect? The Rockets likely become a dynasty, winning at least 10 titles in 14 years. 

It may have taken the team a few years to win it all since they would've had to battle the tough teams of the 1980s like Magic Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird's Boston Celtics. But, ultimately, the Rockets would have broken through and won year in and year out.

On the nights when Jordan just wasn't looking himself, there would be two other gifted scorers in Drexler and Olajuwon to pick up the slack. Like Jordan, Drexler was blessed with speed and athleticism which allowed him to score with ease and Olajuwon was unstoppable in the post. 

However, those three superstars couldn't have won championships all by themselves. They would've needed help from a solid supporting cast. You know, the John Paxsons, Steve Kerrs and Robert Horrys of the world.   

When it comes to coaching, Bill Fitch may have been the man on the sidelines for the Rockets dynasty. He guided the team to the Finals in 1986 and just might have remained in town until 1998 to coach this super team.

Fitch was named one of the NBA's Ten Greatest Coaches of All Time in 1996. Just imagine if he was a part of the Rockets dynasty. Today, he would be up there with Red Auerbach as the greatest coach in league history.  

It's easy to say that Houston would have garnered a bunch of rings with Jordan, Olajuwon and Drexler leading the way.  Although, it's possible that the team couldn't afford to keep all three players together. Each one would have demanded a lot of dough, putting the Rockets far above the salary cap.

Furthermore, there's no telling if the trio could co-exist. Each player averaged at least 20 points per game for their careers and would see their numbers decrease quite a bit as they shared the scoring duties with one another. 

Before Jordan found out how to get his teammates involved and led the Bulls to six titles, he was considered one of the game's most selfish players. Would both Olajuwon and Drexler have grown upset with him and requested trades?

Who knows.

All we know is that Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler are three of the greatest hoops players of all time. It would have been great to witness them play on one team.

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