Jordan in 2014
A ticket for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Lakers and the Trail Blazers.
Jordan in 1992
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

Michael Jordan became the only rookie in NBA history to lead a team in four statistics (points, assists, rebounds, steals).

- 1984–85 NBA season

Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick, and quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring while gaining a reputation as one of the game's best defensive players.

- Michael Jordan
Jordan in 2014

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New York Knicks

American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Lapchick was responsible for leading the Knicks during their early success. However, these ventures never culminated with a win in the NBA Finals.
Patrick Ewing played for the Knicks from 1985 to 2000, leading them to the Finals in 1994 and 1999
The current Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Knicks since 1968.
Isiah Thomas as coach of the Knicks in 2007. He stayed six years on the bench
Larry Brown succeeded Thomas, coaching the Knicks from 2005 to 2006
The Knicks in action at Madison Square Garden in the 2008–09 season.
Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Knicks from 2008 to 2012
Jeremy Lin was a surprise player that came off the bench during the 2011–12 season.
Mike Woodson, head coach of the Knicks from 2012 to 2014
The Knicks observed their worst-ever regular season record under the stewardship of Phil Jackson, who acted as the president of the franchise from 2013 to 2017.

The team's struggles continued into the 1984–85 season, as they lost their last 12 games to finish with a 24–58 record.

After the Bulls' Michael Jordan made what would be his first retirement from basketball prior to the 1993–94 season, many saw this as an opportunity for the Knicks to finally make it to the NBA Finals.

Houston Rockets

American professional basketball team based in Houston.

American professional basketball team based in Houston.

Elvin Hayes was selected first overall by the San Diego Rockets in the 1968 NBA Draft.
A ticket for Game 2 of the 1987 Western Conference Semifinals between the Rockets and the Seattle SuperSonics
Rudy Tomjanovich spent all his playing career with the Rockets, and after becoming the team's head coach in 1992 led Houston to two straight championships.
Yao Ming during his rookie season with the Rockets
Yao Ming carrying his home country's Five-star Red Flag at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Houston acquired Tracy McGrady in 2004.
James Harden arrived in Houston in 2012, and became a franchise player for the Rockets.
Clutch the Bear is the Rockets' mascot.

In his first season, Olajuwon finished second to Michael Jordan in NBA Rookie of the Year balloting, and the Rockets record improved by 19 games, good enough for a return to the playoffs as the third best team in the West, where they were upset by the sixth-seeded Utah Jazz.

Barkley in 2019

Charles Barkley

American former professional basketball player who is a television analyst on TNT.

American former professional basketball player who is a television analyst on TNT.

Barkley in 2019
Barkley in 1991
Barkley playing versus Argentina at the 1992 Tournament of the Americas
Barkley at the 2010 NBA Hall of Fame induction
Barkley on Inside the NBA on location at San Francisco's Pier 43 for the NBA season opening day in late October 2015.
Barkley with President Barack Obama at the White House
Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Charles Barkley at Doug Jones' election night party in 2017.

In his rookie season, Barkley was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1985.

He was selected with the fifth pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, two slots after the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan.

Olajuwon in 2015

Hakeem Olajuwon

Nigerian-American former professional basketball player.

Nigerian-American former professional basketball player.

Olajuwon in 2015
A billboard at the University of Houston congratulating Olajuwon on being the 1994 NBA Most Valuable Player
One of only five numbers retired by the University of Houston men's basketball team, Olajuwon's No. 34 hangs in Fertitta Center.
Olajuwon (right) defending Jawann Oldham on November 25, 1986
Olajuwon signing autographs

Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.

The Rockets had immediate success during Olajuwon's rookie season, as their win–loss record improved from 29 to 53 in 1983–84 to 48–34 in 1984–85.

Johnson in 2022

Magic Johnson

American former professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Johnson in 2022
Johnson with the Lakers, c. undefined 1987
Johnson with the Lakers in 1990
Johnson, who had retired from basketball in 1991 due to HIV, was selected for the U.S. national team that won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.
Johnson and Mayor Richard Riordan in 1995
Johnson against the Celtics in the 1987 NBA Finals
Johnson with his wife, Cookie, in 2014
Johnson giving a speech at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013.
In 2003, Johnson met with Nancy Pelosi to discuss federal assistance for those with AIDS.
Johnson's Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Johnson's number 32 jersey was retired by the Lakers in 1992.

In the 1984–85 regular season, Johnson averaged 18.3 points, 12.6 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game, and led the Lakers into the 1985 NBA Finals, where they faced the Celtics again.

There they faced the Chicago Bulls, led by shooting guard Michael Jordan, a five-time scoring champion regarded as the finest player of his era.

Bird in 2004

Larry Bird

American former professional basketball player, coach and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former professional basketball player, coach and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Bird in 2004
Bird warming up for Indiana State
Bird recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his NBA debut against the Houston Rockets on October 12, 1979.
Bird playing for the Celtics in a game against the Washington Bullets
Bird playing for the Celtics in the 1985 NBA playoffs
A Larry Bird plaque at Quincy Market, Boston

On March 12 of the 1984–85 season, Bird scored a career-high and franchise record 60 points in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.

In the summer of 1992, Bird joined Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and other NBA stars to play for the United States basketball team in that year's Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Detroit Pistons

American professional basketball team based in Detroit.

American professional basketball team based in Detroit.

Dave Bing joined the team in 1966, scoring 1,601 points in his rookie year.
Isiah Thomas against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 1985.
Chuck Daly, coach of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champions.
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals at The Forum.
Doug Collins, one of five head coaches for the Pistons in an eight-year span.
Larry Brown coached the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title and the Eastern Conference championship the following season.
The Pistons are honored at the White House for the team's victory in the 2004 NBA Finals.
A game ticket from March 2006 between the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards.
Andre Drummond was selected by the Pistons with the ninth overall pick in 2012 NBA draft.
Little Caesars Arena in 2018
The Detroit Pistons playing in The Palace of Auburn Hills, seen here in January 2006.

After winning 59 games and a third straight division title, the Pistons cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs before playing a tough Eastern Conference Finals series against Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and the Chicago Bulls.

During the 1984–85 season, the Silverdome's roof collapsed, causing the team to temporarily relocate to Joe Louis Arena for 14 of their remaining 15 home games of the season (March 6, 1985 through May 10, 1985). The March 11, 1985 game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers was played at Cobo Arena.

Bowie playing for the Lebanon High School varsity basketball team in 1977–78

Sam Bowie

American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Bowie playing for the Lebanon High School varsity basketball team in 1977–78
Bowie's #31 jersey was retired by the University of Kentucky. This banner in Rupp Arena honors him.

Projected as a solid first-rounder in the 1984 NBA draft, Bowie was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers as the second selection, ahead of Michael Jordan, due to Portland already having drafted Clyde Drexler just a year before.

During his rookie season, Bowie played in 76 games and averaged 10 points and 8.6 rebounds, earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Team.