What Could Have Been: Allen Iverson in a Chicago Bulls Uniform

Ryan PiersContributor IDecember 8, 2009

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 22: Allen iverson #3 of the Denver Nuggets drives against Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Chicago Bulls on February 22, 2008 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Nuggets 135-121. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It doesn't take a rocket scientist, or even a third grader to add up the equation: Allen Iverson would have been a perfect fit for Chicago

After reading other posts, it is apparent that many Bulls enthusiast agree. However, it seems that most Iverson supporters fail to examine the statistics. They are just relying strictly on opinions. 

Personal beliefs are nice, but it's more credible to crunch the numbers and realize A.I. may have been the answer to the Bulls' early season woes. 

For starters, the Bulls are averaging an anorexic 90.4 points per game. This grotesque figure is third worst in the NBA, only leading the NCAA's Nets and the "Badcats" of Charlotte. Chicago's leading scorer, Luol Deng, is averaging 17.7 ppg, which is a pitiful number for a top scorer. Out of the 30 NBA teams, 27 have a leading scorer with a higher average. 

Insert Allen Iverson and his career average of 27 ppg, a figure that ranks sixth best in NBA history. Think of his addition like restarting a frozen battery in the early winter months, a simple spark plug can do the trick. 

Of course the critics will argue that he is long past his prime, and his wash up of a mini-mester in Memphis is indicative of what his career would have been in Chi-city. The numbers, however, would indicate otherwise. In limited action with the Grizzlies, Iverson's scoring increased in proportion to his playing time, with an overall average of nearly a point per minute played. 

From the field, A.I. shot 57 percent at Memphis. The only Bulls shooting above 50 percent this season are Joakim Noah (52 percent) and Aaron Gray (50 percent). Let's not fail to mention the only Bulls guard shooting above 40 percent is Derrick Rose at 45 percent. The rest of the Bulls' backcourt is clanking a winter-cold 35 percent with Lindsey Hunter anchoring the group by only hitting 15 percent of his shots from the floor. 

If you think Kirk Hinrich will provide the Bulls with a little scoring inspiration when he returns next week, it's not likely. Captain Kirk is hovering around an average of 8 ppg. He does provide help defensively, but he is hardly an addition on the offensive end. The low-flying bulls hardly average two-points more per game with a healthy Hinrich. 

He would have also provided leadership for the next king-of-the-crossover, Derrick Rose and the shot-happy shooting guard John Salmons. After flopping in Denver, and tainting his record in Memphis, A.I. is dieing for the opportunity to makeover his public appearance. A role as a mentor to the Bulls' duo would act as the perfect eye liner and nail polish. Remember, Salmons became shot-happy after splitting from Iverson and the Sixers early in his career.

If you're thinking Iverson will take away too many shots from Rose, Salmons, and Deng, think again. Iverson's assist/game totals for his career are on par with Rose (6.2), and A.I. has proven to be a better facilitator as his career has progressed. After comparing his shooting percentage to the Bulls back court, however, maybe he should be taking more shots.

After examination, it is apparent Allen Iverson would have been a perfect fit in Chicago. Unfortunately, it will be the Philly fans reaping the benefits of the Bull's ineptitude to sign "The Answer" to their problems.