The Chicago Bulls have had many players who are just on another level athletically from the rest of the league. From the '90s championship Bulls to today, Chicago has been an NBA hotspot for dazzling dunks and more.
However Chicago is even more interesting because not every single player proved their athleticism through just dunking. Some players, who you will meet later in the slideshow, proved their worth on both sides of the ball.
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Taj isn't one of the players that you think about when you think of crazy athleticism as a Chicago Bull. For the most part, he does his job, he hits his mid-range jumper, he's a great rebounder and defender for the position that he plays as a bench big man. I understand all that.
However, here's my case.
In Game 1 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, Taj Gibson showed just what he could do if given the opportunity. The first of these was a dunk against Dwyane Wade. Now I get it, Dwyane Wade is a shooting guard, but no one dunks on Dwyane Wade. Just ask Amar'e Stoudemire. But Taj made Wade look like a rag doll.
Second, Taj had a putback dunk that put all other putback dunks to shame. For all intents and purposes, he dunked on his own teammate too. No one could stop Gibson that night, and this is athleticism that he has showed throughout his career.
So watch the video and tell me if you agree.
Derrick Rose is the current leader of the Chicago Bulls. He is a player who has a game based on gliding to the basket, and finishing through traffic.
However, what people sometimes forget next to all these great dunking point guards is that Derrick may be the class of them all.
Derrick has proven that he is an athletic freak many times in his career. The coming out party for his career came on January 31, 2009, during Rose's rookie season. In that game, Rose scored 26 points, including a THUNDEROUS jam on an unsuspecting Goran Dragic. It, along with another alley-oop against the Atlanta Hawks next season, led to a remix of the two dunks called, "The Memo."
The only question now is whether Derrick can still be that athletic freak once he comes back from ACL surgery later on this season. Let us hope so.
Tyrus Thomas is not a very good basketball player. He just isn't. However, what he lacks in basketball IQ and ability, he makes up for with pure athleticism. There were times on the basketball court when fans were PLEADING with Tyrus to just go up with the ball.
Because of his crazy athleticism, teams always had hope that he could develop into a decent basketball player. I mean come on, Tyrus recorded nine blocks as a Charlotte Bobcat. He destroyed Josh Smith.
But he hasn't brought any of that talent to fruition.
Scottie Pippen is without a doubt one of the most athletic players in the history of the NBA. While he is not a player known for acrobatic dunks, he is known for using his athleticism defensively.
Pippen is often referred to as the greatest perimeter defender in the history of the NBA. You can see his athleticism at work with his 2.5 steals per game and one block per game at the small forward position. He was named to eight straight All Defensive First Teams as well, and two more All Defensive Second teams.
While Pippen's calling card athletically was defense, he was also an athletic freak offensively.
Any doubt? Ask Patrick Ewing.
Was there any question? Michael Jordan is not only the most athletic player in the history of the Chicago Bulls, but also perhaps the most athletic player in the history of the NBA.
Some have described Mike as "graceful." Others have said he "move in slow motion." Larry Bird of course said that he was "God disguised as Michael Jordan."
What I am trying to express here is that Michael Jordan was a physical freak. Jordan was a two-time Slam Dunk contest champion. He was able to use his athleticism to jump through traffic and finish around people like a 6'6" Derrick Rose. He also more than a few times used his crazy athleticism to finish over and through defenders.