Ranking the Chicago Bulls' 10 Best Highlights of the 2012-13 Season to Date
Chicago’s roster consists of several players who possess the ability to bring the United Center to their feet.
Whether it’s a tip-in dunk, an alley-oop or a skillful post move, the Bulls know how to get it done.
Here are the team's top 10 highlights of the young 2012-13 campaign.
10. Nate Robinson's Kiss off the Glass
Fast-forward to the 0:41 mark.
In the Bulls’ win over the Dallas Mavericks, Nate Robinson was the team’s top bench scorer with 14 points.
The 5’9” guard made the Bulls’ best play of the game. After faking out Rodrigue Beaubois, Robinson proceeded to knock down a nice shot off the glass as he drew the foul. And, of course, he hit the free throw to complete the three-point play.
Chicago would cruise to a 101-78 victory over the visiting Mavs.
9. Carlos Boozer's Reverse Layup
Fast-forward to the 0:36 mark.
With about 3:50 left in the first quarter, Chicago's Carlos Boozer drove past the Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox before hitting a pretty reverse layup. Boozer got the friendly bounce and was fouled on the play.
Too bad he missed the free throw, which would’ve completed the three-point play.
The Bulls went on to lose the game 101-95 to the veteran Celtics squad.
Boozer contributed 15 points and four boards in the losing effort.
8. Luol Deng Pulls a Hakeem Olajuwon
Fast-forward to the 0:47 mark.
Hakeem Olajuwon used to dominate back in the '90s with his famous "Dreamshake." It was pretty much unstoppable, just ask several defenders who played in that decade.
This season, in a game versus the Boston Celtics, Chicago's Luol Deng did his best Olajuwon impersonation as he faked Kevin Garnett and Co.
No, it wasn't quite as impressive as the Dreamshake, but it was impressive, nonetheless.
Luol Deng dropped a game-high 26 points in the loss.
7. Marco Belinelli Finds Taj Gibson
Fast-forward to the 0:33 mark.
The Hornets were without both Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon, which made things look pretty bad for Chicago.
On a positive note, the Bulls' Marco Belinelli came up with a nice play against his former team.
Falling to the floor, the sharpshooter made a Magic Johnson-type pass to Taj Gibson, who stuffed it home.
Belinelli also knocked down a pair of treys in the contest.
6. Carlos Boozer's Tip-in Dunk
Carlos Boozer has put together a few strong performances this season thus far.
His 22-point, 19-rebound effort on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks is a prime example.
In the game, Boozer dunked a Joakim Noah miss late in the fourth quarter.
This play should probably be lower on the list, but Boozer's stare following the dunk makes it cool.
The Bulls will need a lot more of these kind of performances from their starting power forward.
5. Carlos Boozer with the Feed to Luol Deng
Fast-forward to the 2:03 mark.
It didn't take the Bulls long to prove they can win without Derrick Rose in the lineup.
Chicago won their opening night matchup with DeMarcus Cousins and visiting Sacramento Kings.
Perhaps the most memorable highlight from the game involved forwards Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng. Positioned in the post, Boozer fed the cutting Deng for an uncontested dunk.
Although Deng scored a season-low seven points, he certainly looked good on that play.
4. Nazr Mohammed Throws It Down
Fast-forward to the 1:48 mark.
This particular highlight involves two Bulls who don’t see much action on the court in rookie Marquis Teague and veteran center Nazr Mohammed.
Playing against the Dallas Mavericks, Teague drives the lane and Mohammed finishes with a slam. It’s unclear, though, whether Teague shot the ball and missed or actually threw a lob pass to Mohammed.
Either way, it was a nice play.
That was Mohammed’s only bucket of the game.
3. Joakim Noah Serves Up a Facial
Earlier in this slideshow, we took a look at Carlos Boozer's dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks on their home floor.
That, however, wasn't the only great dunk by a Bulls big man in that game.
Joakim Noah stuffed it over a couple of Milwaukee defenders after receiving the pas from Kirk Hinrich.
The announcer said that Chicago was playing angry, and it looked like Noah took it out on the rim. Boy, was he right.
2. Impressive Ball Movement
Fast-forward to the 1:39 mark.
In the Bulls' 93-89 over the Philadelphia 76ers, Joakim Noah and Co. displayed a nice assortment of ball movement.
First, Noah stole the ball from Philly's Evan Turner. Then, he passed the rock to Jimmy Butler, who passed it back to Noah. Noah then passed it back to Butler, who gave it up to Taj Gibson for the jam.
Wow, that's a lot of passing, huh?.
The Bulls got a little revenge against the Sixers, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season.
1. Nate Robinson's 360 Layup
Nate Robinson has a few things in common with Michael Jordan.
He's a guard associated with the Bulls; he has captured at least two slam dunk titles; he knows how to make circus shots.
On the road versus the Houston Rockets, Robinson showcased his amazing athleticism by completing a sensational 360 layup.
The announcer loved the play so much that he accidentally said Nate Williams.
This has to be the Bulls’ top highlight of the season so far.