In the exciting summer of 1984 the Chicago Bulls' fortunes changed when it received the third pick of the NBA draft, just after the Houston Rockets and Portland. The Rockets picked Hakeem Olajuwon, the Blazers snapped up Sam Bowie, and the Bulls took shooting guard Michael Jordan from the University of North Carolina. The new Chicago Bulls lineup, with new management from owner Jerry Reinsdorf and General Manager Jerry Krause, decided to rebuild around the legendary Michael Jordan. Jordan set impressive franchise records during his rookie campaign for scoring (3rd in the NBA league) and also for numerous steals (4th in the NBA league), and led the Chicago Bulls back to the playoffs, for which he was rewarded with a seat on the All-NBA second team and awarded NBA Rookie of the Year. Jordan fans concurred.
In 1989-90, a soaring Michael Jordan led the league in scoring for the 4th consecutive season, joined on the all-star squad by an ascending Scottie Pippen. Coach Doug Collins was replaced by assistant Phil Jackson and the Bulls also picked up rookie center Stacey King as well as a new rookie point guard, B.J. Armstrong during the controversial 1989 draft. With these additional changes and the previous year's starting five, the Bulls again achieved entry to Conference Finals, sweeping the Pistons to seven games before being blocked out for the third straight year by Detroit Pistons. The Pistons would go on to repeat as NBA champions again this year. The Chicago Bulls would become known somewhat not for being a champion team, but as the formidable test to becoming Conference champions.