Around the Hill: Who’s the better team, the 95-96 Bulls or 15-16 Warriors?

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The ’15-’16 Golden State Warriors are right on pace with the ‘95-’96 Bulls, but are they as good or better than those Michael Jordan-led Bulls?

David Minster, Maroon-News Staff

As the Warriors make this improbable run, it’s hard not to compare them to the ’95-’96 Bulls, who hold the record for best regular season ever after going 72-10. First, you have to compare the rosters, both packed with NBA superstars. The Warriors have Steph Curry, who’s arguably the best in the game, paired with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green who bring sharpshooting, lock-down defense and versatility to the squad. The Bulls roster consisted of Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen, and Dennis Rodman, three Hall of Famers with NBA hardware. Both teams have great depth and role players, like Andre Igoudala and Shaun Livingston on the Warriors and current Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr and Toni Kukoc on the Bulls. The Warriors started their phenomenal season with a 24-game win streak and are still undefeated at home while the Bulls had three losses by the time they won 24 games. One important factor to note is that Steve Kerr said he’d rest his players, even if it means not breaking the record. The Warriors already clinched the playoffs and can afford to give their guys some much needed rest, but it will be interesting to see if Kerr sticks to his word as his team approaches the record. In addition, the Warriors just lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, showing that it is possible to stop Steph. If one of the worst teams in the league is able to take down the previously surging Warriors, it shows the Warriors might have a tough time beating the Bulls’ record. I think the ’95-’96 Bulls are better than the Warriors because it’s hard to argue against Jordan, Rodman and Pippen and the Warriors recent loss to the Lakers shows the sheer difficulty of reaching 72 wins. 

 

Reed Schultz, Maroon-News Staff 

Comparing basketball teams and players from different generations is incredibly difficult due to the fact that the game is constantly evolving and changing. The perfect example of this is the emergence of a player like Steph Curry and the demise of big time centers such as Dwight Howard. The game is no longer focused on post play in the paint, rather it is a game that is beginning to revolve around the 3-point line. With that being said, the 55-6 Warriors team needs to post a record of 17-4 during their remaining games in order to tie the ‘95-‘96 Chicago Bulls for the best record of all time. Playing the Spurs three more times and the Clippers once more, it is going to be difficult for them.  

It is hard to compare the greatness of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman to the Warriors’ big three of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. These players are incredibly young, and it is nearly impossible to predict how each of these players’ careers will end up. Jordan is considered by most to be the greatest of all time, and Pippen is certainly in the top 50 of greatest players ever. If the Warriors do succeed in winning the most games in a regular season, I believe we have to declare they are the greatest team of all time. The level of competition today is certainly comparable to the Bulls’ era. Even if they become the greatest team, I don’t believe the big three of the Warriors will ever compare to what the Bulls had in Jordan, Pippen and Rodman.

             

Jake Rosenstein, Maroon-News Staff

The only Internet sports meme bigger than the crying Michael Jordan face is the ’95-’96 Bulls. For those of you who don’t know what that is, let me explain. It has become an Internet joke recently to compare everything to the ’95-’96 Bulls. For example, recently there was a headline that said “Nate Diaz Defeats Connor McGregor” and the top comment was “but could Nate Diaz defeat the ’95-’96 Bulls.” This is just an Internet trend, but it shows how often NBA fans compare teams to the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls that went an NBA all time record 72-10. 20 years later, the Golden State Warriors have a real chance to break that record, cementing this as the greatest season of all time. Regardless of whether or not they break the record, the question is if the Warriors are better. I believe they are worse than the ’95-’96 Bulls. The NBA is currently played in an era plagued by too much referee interference and so-called “soft” players. The Warriors rely too much on the outside shots, with very little aggressiveness in the paint by their big men. The team of Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman would out-muscle and outmatch Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.