LeBron James and the Miami Heat have been the cream of the NBA crop for the last two seasons, so it’s only natural that we begin to compare them to other great teams of NBA lore. So let’s get going with the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue: who would win in a game pitting James’ 2013 Heat versus MJ’s 1995 Chicago Bulls?
Starting with the rosters, both the Heat and Bulls have their own version of the Big Three. The Heat have James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh while the 95’ Bulls had Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Both teams had prolific outside shooters in Ray Allen (Heat) and Steve Kerr (Bulls) while also having a slew of defensive stalwarts to help stymie the other teams’ best players.
This debate really comes down to one thing, and that is team chemistry. The 95’ Bulls had a fluidity and cohesiveness amongst them that hasn’t been matched by another team since. It’s no accident that Bulls team won 72 games that season, as they outscored their opponents by an average of 12 points! Imagine that, they routinely coasted to 10-plus point victories; no team in recent NBA memory has even come close to approaching that number, as last years Heat won by an average of eight points. Combine that with the fact that comparatively, that 95’ Bulls squad had nearly 600 more offensive rebounds over the course of the season than last years Heat team, and you’ve got yourself a lot of extra buckets for the Bulls.
I mean listen, I could go on all day with stats, but what it comes down to: is despite the size advantage today’s Heat players would have over the stars of yesteryear, the 95’ Bulls were the most dominant team in modern day sports. Even with Jordan and Pippen on the team, the 95’ Bulls as a whole, were greater than the sum of its parts. And I don’t care how great you think the Heat’s Big Three are, because 3 against 5, loses every time.