Would Michael Jordan have won six titles if he played for the Mavericks?
Does he win 6 in Dallas?
The short answer is probably not. Winning six titles is insanely difficult. The Bulls also did a fantastic job of building around Michael Jordan. Let us not forget, they made it to the second round of the playoffs in the year MJ was playing minor league baseball. They also reached the second round in the season Jordan returned in March for the stretch run.
The NBA was strong in the 1990s too. Fans will see in the upcoming episodes of The Last Dance that the Pacers and Jazz pushed the Bulls in 1998. Replacing Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman, and Ron Harper with lesser players could easily mean one of those teams dethrones MJ.
In Jordan’s first three-peat, the Knicks were a strong team featuring Patrick Ewing and John Starks. They could have taken out Jordan on the Mavericks.
Michael Jordan would have won multiple rings on any team in the NBA. He convinces any front office to find the pieces to help him accomplish it. Six times is incredible and difficult to repeat, though.
I’d put the odds at six or more at about 40 percent. Jordan seemed unbeatable in those playoffs in the 1990s. If he does not 3-peat in 1991-1993, he also may have played in at least one of two years of his baseball sabbatical. Plus, a Jordan that does not fight with management may have played past 1998. Who knows? Maybe he wins more than six.
It is fun for Dallas Mavericks fans to think what-if they could have pulled off the trade for Michael Jordan. It never happened, though. MJ in Chicago brought the Mavs Dirk and Luka. Not a bad consolation prize at all.