We were thinking of starting (countdown of all-time Starting 5 for every team) something like this for some time. But we didn’t know what so we decided to the All-Time Starting 5. We will try to this everyday with different team for the next 30 days. We continue the All time Starting 5 with the Chicago Bulls.
Point Guard – Derrick Rose
In the immediate, Bulls fans might only remember the tumultuous, injury riddled end to Derrick Rose’s tenure in Chicago. However, in 2008, when Rose was drafted by the Bulls and deemed the hometown kid turned savior, Derrick lifted Chicago from a perennial average team to a contender in the east. Oh, and he became the youngest player to ever win an MVP award, doing so in 2011 while dazzling fans with aggressive slashes to the rim often finished off with powerful dunks and acrobatic finishes. Unfortunately, his presence on the court was limited after suffering serious knee injuries in back-to-back seasons, but Rose showed promise as he started 66 games last season. After being traded to the New York Knicks this off-season, Derrick finished his Bulls career averaging 19.7 points and 6.2 assists per game. Best of luck in New York, D. Rose.
Shooting Guard – Michael Jordan
Part of me doesn’t even want to write this. Part of me just wants to put a picture of the bronze statue with MJ in that iconic pose outside the United Center as my explanation. After 13 seasons in Chicago (and two in Washington, even though I’m convinced that never actually happened) “His Royal Airness” finished his career with six championships, five MVP’s, three retirements, one Oscar deserving movie, and a cultural standing that will never be reached by any athlete ever again. He’s the greatest Bull of all-time, the greatest Birmingham Baron of all-time, and the greatest athlete of all-time. Here’s to another billion dollars, Mike.
Small Forward – Scottie Pippen
See above for statue reference. Pippen is one of the 50 greatest players of all-time. Some say his legacy was lifted by Jordan, but Scottie could ball in his own right. He averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists, and 6.7 rebounds per game during his 12 seasons with the Bulls. He was also a seven time NBA All-Star, a seven time All-NBA selection, and an eight time All-NBA Defense selection. What do you get when you add all of that up? One of the greatest all around players in NBA history and the greatest small forward to ever do it in Chicago.
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