Absolutely. Modern NBA is really weak, and I can't figure out what happened.
Steph Curry wouldn't be an MVP in the 90s era. LeBron however I think would have still done quite well back in the day. Maybe not multiple championships level (depending on team), but he has the physical talent to excel even back when it was a whole lot rougher on the court. Heck, I like Steph Curry, his three point shot is a thing of beauty, but he is far from a complete player. He is mediocre or worse on defense :
Of course it would depend on the team. No player has EVER won a,championship alone. The 96 Bulls were absurdly stacked not just in general but relative to their time.
But the officiating trends have changed. However, this is nothing new. The greatest teams are built for their time. Warriors would struggle in 96. Bulls would struggle in 65 through 69. It's the nature of the beast. Times change. The warriors are an excellent shooting team built for a league that supports that in the regular season. But that's the problem: the play is closer to the 90s in the playoffs.
All I'm saying is don't just dismiss the current teams cause they are tailored to their day. The Bulls were the same. And please, don't forget that the Bulls were not at all representative of the league. They were stacked.
Bulls would struggle in 1965-1969 ... lol .... they'd wreck that league most any modern decent team would.
The Showtime Lakers were stacked, the 90s Bulls were just beastly defensively but after Jordan/Pippen they were not that deep offensively. They had the best player ever who was also probably the best clutch player ever. That makes all the difference.
Warriors don't even really have the single season best W-L when factoring in playoffs.
Infact not only are the 96 Bulls better when factoring in playoffs, so are the 97 Bulls and even the 92 Bulls are quite close.
There's no regular season trophy, Golden State did not have the best season ever.