Draymond Green sparked a debate when he claimed that the 2017 Golden State Warriors would defeat the 1996 Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. However, Andre Iguodala has disagreed and sided with the Bulls.
Several versions of the Warriors have been compared to the 1996 Chicago Bulls. The 2016 Warriors beat the Bulls' 72-10 regular-season record but failed to win the championship.
The Warriors, already a dynasty, got a lot stronger with Kevin Durant in 2017. Despite not having a stellar regular-season campaign, the 2017 Warriors won the championship and have been pitted against the Bulls due to their playoff exploits.
Iguodala and Evan Turner discussed the topic on "Point Forward." Surprisingly, they both agreed that the '96 Bulls would have won a hypothetical series against the 2017 Warriors. Iguodala said:
"I'm picking the Bulls, I'm not even arguing with you because any team with Michael Jordan on it, I'm picking except for 2012 vs. the '92 Dream Team. I'm not picking the '92 team, I'm picking us even though the '92 team had MJ."
After going back and forth with Evan Turner about matchups and schemes, Iguodala further addressed the issue:
"I think we are a more talented team, I just think they were a higher level IQ team. The way we shoot the ball though is different though. We shoot the ball very well, like very well."
"It will be interesting. I think that's one thing that's not viewed as much, we don't look deep into, is that they control the pace of the game. So yeah, the score was low but they were controlling the pace of the game. They know how to limit your possessions, and the rules of the game have changed as well so you can get more possessions in. We all say, once you get to them finals, that two-point shot becomes real important, and they be acting like it's not important."
The Michael Jordan-led '96 Chicago Bulls is arguably the best team in NBA history
Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to incredible feats, including two three-peats. MJ delivered all six titles in the franchise's history.
The 1995-96 season was especially impressive. Jordan and the Bulls set a regular-season win-loss record (72-10) in the NBA. Although the Warriors have since surpassed that (73-9), it remains one of the best single-season runs. They were the first team in NBA history to win 70 games in the regular season.