By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on August 29, 2014
There aren’t many histories in the NBA richer than the Chicago Bulls’. They’ve had all-time greats galore and have an abundance of titles to show for it. Looking back, these five players would comprise the best starting five in the history of the Bulls organization.
The narrative of Rose’s career is still being penned after two knee injuries, but he’s already been a revelation in Chicago and has made his mark. In his first four seasons and his four years prior to the knee injuries, Rose put up 21 points, 6.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor. Time will tell his full story, but he’s the best point guard the Bulls have had up to now.
Have you ever heard of this Michael Jordan guy? I think he’s pretty good. He might have averaged 31.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game on 50.5 percent shooting from 1985-98, which some people might consider pretty solid.
Pippen is another all-time great in any context. During his peak and the Bulls’ peak from 1990-98, Pippen put up 20 points, 7.3 rebounds, six assists and 2.2 steals per game on 48.4 percent shooting. He may have often been overshadowed by Jordan, but MJ isn’t MJ without Pippen.
The power forward position in Chicago has really been a laundry-list of above average players, but not many greats. As the Bulls captured their first three-peat, though, Grant was a huge reason why. Averaging 13.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game from 1990-94, Grant contributed in every aspect and was a major factor in near unprecedented success.
Coming from the ABA to join the Bulls, Gilmore was a monster. From 1976-82, the big man put up 20.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 blocks per game on 58.8 percent shooting. Considering he was 27 when he got to Chicago, you have to wonder just how dominant he’d have been if he’d have been in the NBA from 22 years old and on.
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