Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls set some unbreakable records during their threepeats in the 1990s. This one flies quite under the radar.
Only 2 players have ever won 6 NBA championships and 3 MVPs in the span of 8 years. One of them is the great Bill Russell, who would be the all-time blocks leader alongside Wilt Chamberlain if they listed that as a stat in his heyday. Russell led the Celtics to 8 straight championships, which is a feat that will never be repeated in league history.
The other is, of course, MJ, who led the Chicago Bulls to two separate threepeats in the 90s. Jordan also happens to have a number of other records to his name, not least of which is that of most Finals MVPs.
Some of MJ’s other stats also put him up in the GOAT conversation even without context. He ranks first in NBA history in regular season and playoff scoring. MJ also leads league history in a ton of advanced stats – PER, VORP/per 48 min, Winshares/48 minutes to name a few.
His greatest stat, however, even by his own admission, would have more to do with team success. And that’s the segment of stats that we wish to look at this time around.
Michael Jordan and his Bulls didn’t lose 3 on the bounce during their 3peat years
Jordan’s Bulls put together the single best win percentage for a regular season in 1995-96. They also tallied 69 wins the following season after going 15-3 in the playoffs. This 2-year run makes up the most dominant 2-year period by an NBA team in league history.
Furthermore, Jordan’s Bulls never lost 3 games in a row from November 1990 to June 1998. To put this stat in context, we can look at all the superteams over the course of the past 11 years.
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The Warriors went 67-15 in 2016-17 when they added Kevin Durant to their roster. They still failed to prevent a 3-game streak of losses that year despite having the most stacked team in league history. Neither were they able to replicate this feat in the 2 seasons that followed.
LeBron James has been a member of at least 2 superteams over the past 11 years. He hasn’t even come close to sniffing this. In fact, the Lakers lost 4 games on the bounce in December 2019 in addition to 3 straight bubble losses.