Best Team Ever? The 1995 Chicago Bulls vs. 2016 GS Warriors

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While we sit back and watch Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors team wreak havoc on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, it’s not hard to look at their record-setting season and realize you are watching greatness. Curry is savage. With over 30 points per game and a .444 3-point per game average, nobody in the NBA is close to his total domination of the game right now.

Under Curry’s leadership, the Golden State Warriors won a record 73 games, overtaking the Chicago Bulls record of 72 games that stood for 22 years. Does that make the Warriors better than the 1995 Bulls? Let’s compare the two teams.

1995/96 Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls had a dominant season going  72-10 (.878 winning percentage) losing only two games at home all season. They rolled through the playoffs before meeting a red-hot Seattle Supersonics in the finals where the Bulls eventually took the title in game 6.

Accolades

  • Phil Jackson, NBA Coach of the Year
  • Michael Jordan, All-NBA First Team
  • Michael Jordan, All-Star Game MVP
  • Michael Jordan, NBA MVP
  • Michael Jordan, NBA Finals MVP
  • Michael Jordan, NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Michael Jordan, Regular season leader, Field Goals (916)
  • Michael Jordan, Regular season leader, Field Goal Attempts (1850)
  • Michael Jordan, Regular season leader, Total Points (2491)
  • Michael Jordan, Regular season leader, Scoring Average (30.4 points per game)
  • Scottie Pippen, All-NBA First Team
  • Scottie Pippen, NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Dennis Rodman, NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Dennis Rodman, Regular season leader, Rebounds Per Game (14.9)
  • Dennis Rodman, Regular season leader, Offensive Rebounds (356)
  • Dennis Rodman, Regular season leader, Rebound Rate (26.6)
  • Toni Kukoc, NBA Sixth Man of the Year
  • NBA Champions 96-97-98

2015/16 Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry crushed the season setting new benchmarks in three-point shooting and consistently leading the team in scoring. They went on a tear of epic proportions and broke a 22 year record and ended up winning the most games in league history with a record of 73-9, beating out the 95-96 Bulls by one game. Ironically the coach of the Warriors is Steve Kerr who was an important part of the 95-96 Bulls team.

Accolades

  • Steve Kerr- Coach of the Year
  • Most Regular Season Wins All-Time 73
  • Stephen Curry -Team MVP
  • Stephen Curry -League MVP (second successive season and first unanimous winner in NBA history)
  • Stephen Curry -All-Star Game First team,first time the Warriors have had three All-Stars since 1976.
  • Stephen Curry -NBA Scoring Leader 30.1 PPG
  • Stephen Curry -3 Point leader and Broke his own record finishing with 402.
  • Stephen Curry -led the league in steals and had the best free throw percentage.
  • Most three-pointers made in a regular-season: 1,077
  • Most three-pointers made in a postseason: 276
  • Most three-pointers made in a playoff game: 21
  • Most three-pointers made in a seven-game series: 90
  • Most three-pointers made in a single NBA Finals game: 17
  • Back-to-back losses in regular-season: 0
  • Multiple losses to same opponent in regular-season: 0
  • (only team in NBA history to go the whole regular-season without consecutive losses.)
  • NBA Champions 2015, 2016


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