Originally Posted by Psileas
The thing is, if the Bulls wanted to become somewhat less predictable, Gervin could have some bigger role in that series. Did the Bulls really have to play with a limited guard like Kyle Macy as a traditional PG starter instead of trying to use a Jordan-Gervin tandem for some time, with Jordan bringing down the ball, which is what they tried with Jordan in '89 anyways? As an alternative, couldn't they use Gervin a bit as a SF and give Woolridge some more rest (assuming he doesn't ever play PF)? His playing time was ridiculously low, and that's someone who averaged more than 20 ppg in the previous season.
Anyway, still I don't think they'd co-exist as well as Jordan-Pippen did. Gervin didn't really care much about defense, he was a much better scorer than passer/playmaker and, although Jordan was more versatile, I don't think he'd love to share the spotlight with another elite scorer who wasn't really great at something else. Pippen and later Rodman were the perfect teammates for him, the perfect dirty job-doers, who were not elite enough at scoring to steal much of Jordan's glory.
Good points! I think MJ and Ice WOULD have been a force. And would have been fun to watch. U could play them as a big backcourt with MJ running the PG. Or u could play them at SG and SF. BUT Pip was clearly a better compliment. Because with Ice, MJ would have to be the best passer and defender for the Bulls to compete on a high level. In addition to being a dominant scorer.
Scoring wise, of course Ice would take heat of MJ. Ice was the best SG in the world until MJ took that crown. But with Pip, MJ could save HELLA energy because Pip's floor game was on the same level. PLUS could still chip in with 21 PPG on top of it.
Now if u paired MJ with a Sidney Moncrief in that era, then that would have been TOTALLY DIFFERENT! Or even with Drexler because Clyde was just as good of a passer and rebounder. And while Drexler was never a great defender, he could be a very good defender. IN a perfect world, Ice has his drug issues under control. But prime Gervin with young MJ would have been AWESOME to watch together!