Greatest NBA team ever: Golden State Warriors or Chicago Bulls? | The Tylt
Greatest NBA team ever: Golden State Warriors or Chicago Bulls?
No team in NBA history has a better postseason winning percentage than the 2017 NBA Champions. On the biggest stage, and the most pressure-packed situations, the Warriors made a laugher out of the playoffs. The Golden State Warriors sport a 16-1 record in the postseason, playing winning one more game than the 2000-2001 Los Angeles Lakers that only needed to win three games in the opening round. The Bulls may have more regular season wins, but they unequivocally dominated during the only stretch that matters.
We’re talking about a team with four All-Stars on one team. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were the only All-Stars on that Bulls team. Last time I checked, four is more than two, and Jordan and Pippen can’t defend everyone on the Warriors. From top to bottom, the Golden State Warriors are more talented, and would stretch the Bulls thin with their spacing and ball movement. Chicago may have had defensive players, but they never faced a team as skilled as this.
The Warriors overcame the greatest player of one era. They would do it against the greatest player ever as well. Move over Chicago. There’s a new greatest team ever.
72-10 with a ring. That’s the only argument the Chicago Bulls need to lay claim to the Best Team of All Time moniker. Excellence is measured over a season. If the Warriors couldn’t win more games than they did the year before they added a superstar, they shouldn’t be considered the best team ever. They might have caught fire in playoffs, but the Bulls dominated over the span of an entire season, only losing three games in the playoffs.
People love to talk a big game about the Golden State Warriors and their talent, but when did they really get tested? Every team they faced had maybe one or two true competitors who had no qualms about punching you in mouth when their backs were against the wall. The 1995-1996 Chicago Bull were full of those players. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman were named to the NBA first-team all-defense. This was a team of tough players who don’t back down from a fight. It was their tenacity that won games as much as their skill. And they wouldn’t let some three-point shooting finesse team punk them.
You think Dennis Rodman is going to let Draymond Green fake his way to being a tough guy? Think Jordan would let Stephen Curry jack up threes? Think Pippen would back down against Kevin Durant? Please. This Bulls team would grind Golden State to a pulp. Armed with the greatest player of all time, Chicago still has the greatest team of all time.