During the 1995-96 season, Michael Jordan guided the Chicago Bulls to a sensational record of 72-10. Before the Golden State Warriors won 73 games in 2015-16, Jordan’s Bulls had the best regular-season mark in NBA history.
When the question is asked which Bulls championship team is the best, the 72-10 club is usually the first answer by most fans and pundits. However, a reporter who covered the Chicago dynasty in the ’90s and is close friends with Jordan believes another team deserves that title.
Michael Wilbon: I’ve always thought Michael Jordan’s 1991-92 team was best Bulls squad ever
Chicago native Michael Wilbon said in Episode 5 of The Last Dance that he thinks the 1991-92 team is the best Bulls squad ever. Jordan led Chicago to 67 wins that season while winning his second straight and third overall MVP.
“I’ve always thought that the ‘92 team was maybe the best Bulls team ever,” Wilbon said.
The Bulls went 67-15 in 1991-92. Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists, while Scottie Pippen put up 21.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game. Chicago was fifth in the NBA in points per game and third in opponent points per game. Phil Jackson‘s crew averaged 109.9 points and gave up only 99.5.
Jordan and Co. were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Although they needed seven games to get past the New York Knicks in the second round, the Bulls reached the ’92 Finals and required four more wins to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers to cap off their second consecutive championship season.
Michael Jordan took his matchup versus Clyde Drexler personally
Jordan was upset that the media compared Blazers star Clyde Drexler to him. He took offense to the comparison and made it a point to attack the All-Star all series long so pundits wouldn’t compare the two players again.
The Bulls defeated the Blazers in six games, with Jordan winning his second straight Finals MVP. He averaged 35.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists and played a significant role in limiting Drexler to only 40.7% shooting from the field. Jordan was now on top of the basketball world since he had three regular-season MVPs, two championships, and two Finals MVPs under his belt.
There is no debating that the 1991-92 Bulls team was terrific. However, Jordan’s crew in 1995-96 was statistically better.
The Bulls lost only 13 times in 1995-96
The Bulls not only went 72-10 during the 1995-96 regular season, but they also lost just three times in the ’96 playoffs, which means they had 13 defeats the entire campaign. That’s an incredible feat.
To capture their fourth championship, Jordan and the Bulls defeated the Miami Heat, Knicks, Orlando Magic, and Seattle SuperSonics. Chicago was the top offensive team during the regular season, averaging a league-best 105.2 points. Jackson also had his guys playing high-level defense. With the arrival of Dennis Rodman, the Bulls only gave up 92.9 points a night, which was good for third in the NBA.
Jordan won six titles with the Bulls and went 6-0 in the Finals. All six of his championship teams have to be considered as all-time NBA squads. For obvious reasons, most people have the 72-10 team as their greatest Bulls club in franchise history, but there’s nothing wrong with Wilbon picking the 1991-92 team. After all, he covered the dynasty teams closely and is entitled to his own opinion.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.