What if Michael Jordan Had Stayed in College and Was Drafted in 1985?

December 26th, 2009 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
Michael Jordan enjoyed a brilliant three-year career at the University of North Carolina. The two-time All-American helped the Tar Heels win a national championship as a freshman, and was named the Naismith College Player of the Year as a junior.

Jordan skipped his senior year and entered the 1984 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the third overall pick, and went on to become arguably the greatest basketball player ever—collecting five MVP awards and leading the Bulls to six titles.

But what if he had chosen to play his senior year at UNC? Would he have won another championship with the Tar Heels? That Carolina team would have been stacked with Jordan and future NBA players Brad Daugherty, Kenny Smith, and Joe Wolf.

In the 1985 draft, Patrick Ewing still would have been the first overall pick. There's just no way that the New York Knicks would have passed up on a franchise center.

That means Jordan would have likely been taken by the Indiana Pacers with the second overall pick. Could you imagine him wearing a Pacers uniform instead of a Bulls uniform? An interesting thought. 

It also would have been ...

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