In 1984 the Rockets, in the first lottery draft which featured the debut of David Stern, picked Hakeem over Jordan. In all fairness, that was the clear cut choice at the time and it paid off with 2 banners in Houston.
But what is Chicago had the first pick and grabbed Hakeem with Houston getting MJ? Assuming each stayed with the respective teams and other picks and trades kept the rosters similar, what do you think would have happened?
Houston: Jordan, Sampson and Lucas early on and later Jordan, Thorpe, Floyd, Horry, Smith Maxwell Cassell? Would the 86 Rockets have won it all? Or not even made the finals?
Chicago: Hakeem, Pippen, Grant and later Hakeem, Pippen Rodman, Harper and Kukoc? Would Hakeem have won more than Jordan? As much? Or less?