Like Olajuwon, Michael Jordan also came into the league on fire. In his rookie year, Jordan averaged an incredible 28.2 points per game, which earned him the Rookie of the Year award over The Dream.
In 1988, Jordan was able to win his first MVP award, but it wasn’t until 1991 that Jordan would finally be able to enjoy team success. After leading the Chicago Bulls to their first championship, he led them to two more. He not only led the Bulls to three-peat once, but twice. He simply exemplified greatness in every aspect of the game.
Air Jordan ended his career with five regular-season MVPs, six NBA Finals MVPs, six championships, 14 All-Star appearances, a Defensive Player of the Year award, a Rookie of the Year award, and much more.
So, Should the Rockets have Taken MJ?
Looking at their careers, it’s obvious both players were great and stand among the best to ever play the game. They both ended up winning multiple championships and were both league MVPs at some point in their careers.
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Although Jordan did win more rings and earned more MVPs, some may say Olajuwon actually did more with less.
Olajuwon was able to be consistently successful with fewer All-Stars on his team than Jordan.
Not to discredit Michael Jordan’s greatness, but he did always have a Hall of Fame sidekick in Scottie Pippen at his side when he won his rings.
Along with Scottie, Jordan also had the privilege of playing with another Hall of Famer in Dennis Rodman, a defensive anchor who would do all the dirty work on the court.
Then again, Jordan never lost in the Finals and did win 6 Finals MVPs.
The topic will always remain up for debate about whether the Rockets should’ve taken Jordan, however, I’m sure both teams are happy about the players they ended up drafting.
However, the question was whether the Rockets should regret taking Olajuwon over Jordan. The answer: Absolutely not.
At the end of the day, the goal for any organization is to win championships, and both Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon brought multiple rings to their teams.