None, but he wasn't a lead guard like Magic and he had arguably the second best player in the league as his sidekick/partner. When MJ decided to pursue his professional baseball career, in 1993-94 the Bulls still compiled a 55-27 record and lost in the second round of the playoffs.
For one, Karl Malone is the second greatest power forward in NBA history, and his teammate (Stockton) is a top three point guard in NBA history (probably #2, actually). That Jazz duo was incredible.
Charles Barkley was arguably the third or fourth best power forward in NBA history. And, if you didn't watch Kevin Johnson, you missed out on a guy who put up even better numbers than what Steve Nash put up in his two MVP seasons. The Phoenix Suns were an excellent team in 1993, when they lost to Chicago in the Finals.
The Bulls also beat a Lakers team that returned Magic, Worthy and Green -- all were All-Star starters the previous season, when they won 63 games.
Hakeem didn't compete at Jordan's level (and I don't think anyone did), but Olajuwon is the only big man who can say he won a championship without a superstar guard. His second, with Drexler, was when Clyde was ending his career...so technically, that counts as well. Hakeem dominated Shaq, schooled David Robinson (who was incredible as well), and was one of the best and most versatile centers in the last 20 or 30 years.
I think you're underrating the talent from the late 80's up to the mid 90's.
Answer me this, though: what was Jordan's one weakness in, let's say, 1993?
Those Jazz teams were good, not great. The Mailman was a top 3 all time great pf, but I'd put him in Kevin McKale's league, not Tim Duncan (really a center) or KG. Stockton ranks behind Magic, The Big O and Jason Kidd, IMO. He's the Steve Nash of his time. Mark Eaton and Bryon Russell weren't exactly world beaters, they lacked depth, and if it wasn't for Jerry Sloan, they wouldn't have gone to the Finals twice. The Charles Barkley, KJ, Dan Majerle, Danny Ainge, Ced Ceballos Suns were a good team, but also not World Beaters. Chuck was a great player for his time, but in today's game, I'm not so sure he'd be as dominant.
As for the 1990-91 Lakers, Showtime was over. Kareem was gone, Pippen proved that Big Game James was on his last legs, and Magic couldn't do it on his own.
But I love the discussion!
Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, February 04, 2009 - 04:26 PM.