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Who passed on Michael Jordan?

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Asked by: Brittany Stone

Blazers fans know the story oh so well. At the 1984 NBA Draft, after the Houston Rockets selected Hakeem Olajuwon with the top pick, the Blazers passed up on Jordan to take University of Kentucky center Sam Bowie second overall. Jordan was drafted third by the Bulls.

What team passed on Jordan?

Looking back, the two common questions people ask are, “Why did two teams pass up on Jordan?” and “Why was Sam Bowie picked before him?” Truth is, it made perfect sense for Houston and Portland to pass on him and the Chicago Bulls only drafted Jordan because they couldn’t get a big man.

Who passed on Jordan in the draft?

Akeem Olajuwon was selected 1st overall by the Houston Rockets. Michael Jordan was selected 3rd overall by the Chicago Bulls. Charles Barkley was selected 5th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Why did the Blazers pass on Jordan?

The Portland Trail Blazers had the second overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft and selected Sam Bowie out of Kentucky. They passed on Michael Jordan because they had Clyde Drexler on the roster, and he played the same position as MJ.

Who did Portland draft over Jordan?

Sam Bowie

In the 1984 draft, the Portland Trailblazers drafted Sam Bowie, a 7’1 center/power forward from Kentucky with the second overall pick. The first pick was center Hakeem Olajuwon [then known as Akeem]. The third pick was Michael Jordan, a 6’6 swing player from North Carolina.

What happen to Sam Bowie?

After the 1980–1981 season, a stress fracture in his left tibia was discovered, the injury caused Bowie to miss the entire 1981–82 season. The stress fracture did not heal completely and Bowie sat out the entire 1982–83 season as well.

How much is Michael Jordan worth?

He became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats (now named the Hornets) in 2006, and bought a controlling interest in , Jordan became the first billionaire player in NBA history. As of 2022, his net worth is estimated at $2.1 billion.

Who was drafted after LeBron?

A star-studded draft takes place with 18-year-old phenom LeBron James picked No. 1. Carmelo Anthony is picked No. 3 followed by Chris Bosh at No.

Who was second pick in Jordan draft?

Hakeem Olajuwon was chosen by the Houston Rockets with the 1st overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft.

Sam Bowie Trail Blazers 2
Michael Jordan Bulls 3
Sam Perkins Mavericks 4
Charles Barkley 76ers 5

Who was drafted before Pippen?

Draft selections

Round Pick Player
1 2 Armen Gilliam
1 3 Dennis Hopson
1 4 Reggie Williams
1 5 Scottie Pippen^

Who was drafted the same year as Michael Jordan?

Often, people look at Michael Jordan and the career he’s had, and assume he was drafted #1. However, Jordan was the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. The Houston Rockets selected Hakeem Olajuwon with the first overall pick.