Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Top five point guards in Chicago Bulls history

Qualifiers: the Chicago Bulls have been around for more than four decades, so players should have at least two or three years with the team. Also, players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one.

Two-time All-Star Reggie Theus was a great slashing point guard for the Bulls from 1978 to 1984. Theus was highly popular player in Chicago in the years immediately preceding the Michael Jordan era. He averaged 18.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Bulls including two years of more than 20 points per game. His career total of 6,453 assists places him in the top 25 in NBA history.

Derrick Rose(notes):

Just three years into his NBA career, Derrick Rose is already a franchise player, an MVP winner and one of the greatest point guards in Chicago Bulls history. In 2009, Rose won the Rookie of the Year award. Come 2010, he made his first All-Star game. By his third season of 2010-11, he led the Bulls to the best record in the league and took home the NBA MVP award with averages of 25.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game.

Norm Van Lier:

Three-time All-Star point guard Norm Van Lier ran the Bulls' offense in the 1970s. Over seven seasons, Van Lier posted averages of 12.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists with the Bulls. He was named to All-Defensive teams in all seven seasons in Chicago. Though steals were not counted as a statistic in the first-half of his career, Van Lier averaged 1.8 per game over his last six NBA seasons. When he left Chicago in 1978, he did so as the Bulls' all-time assist leader with 3,676, a record which has since been broken.

Clem Haskins:

Clem Haskins was a point guard for the Chicago Bulls during their early years as an expansion franchise. Haskins had a brief three-year stint in Chicago and he reached his peak early in his career. In his best year, he averaged 20.3 points and 7.6 assists in his third season with the Bulls in 1969-70. He later had a scandal-tainted college coaching career with Western Kentucky University and the University of Minnesota.

B.J. Armstrong:

Former All-Star and fan favorite B.J. Armstrong spent the early 1990s in the Bulls' backcourt. As sixth man and later the starting point guard, Armstrong was a contributor to Chicago's first three NBA Championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He averaged 10.7 points and 3.4 assists overall, peaking in 1993-94 with 14.8 points per game and his only All-Star selection. Armstrong owns the ninth highest three-point percentage in NBA history with a clip of .425 from downtown.

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