1987-88 All-Star MVP, League MVP, and DPOTY
So far, Michael has already proven he was a force to be reckoned with. However, without a title to his name, he still had a long way to go before cementing his spot in history as the GOAT. The Bulls’ management pulled off the greatest draft day trade ever, which would help the organization earn six championship rings in the future.
The Bulls picked Olden Polynice eighth overall but immediately traded him, as well as future draft picks, for Scottie Pippen, who was picked fifth overall by the Seattle Supersonics. That year, MJ received his first NBA MVP award and was named the DPOTY and the All-Star MVP. He averaged 35 PPG, 5.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 3.2 steals.