The Chicago Bulls' 10 Finest Guards Not Named MJ
The Chicago Bulls right now have one of the best guards in the NBA in Derrick Rose, but how much do fans really know about the guard position throughout Bulls history? Let's test your basketball history knowledge, and take a look at some talented guards to represent for Chicago not named Michael Jordan
# 10 J. Williams
The former Duke star and college basketball player of the year in 2002, Jay Williams was selected with the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. As a feisty atheltic guard, Jay showed promise with the Bulls early on, however a motorcycle accident cut his playing career with the Bulls short.
# 9 Captain Kirk
Drafted in 2003 with the seventh overall pick, Hinrich has become an important piece within the Bulls organization and with fans. Hinrich was projected to be picked late in the first round, however his production at kansas and his ability to lead a team, caught the eye of Bulls executive. His leadership and rise within the organization has surprised many, giving him the name Captain Kirk. The all-time leader in three pont field goals for the Bulls, Hinrich has become a fan favorite in Chicago. With his ball handling skills and shooting, Hinrichs "glue guy" status has cemented him into the Bulls rotation as the stating Shooting Guard.
# 8 Steve Kerr
The sharpshooter out of the University of Arizona, Kerr is the all time leader in three-point field goal percentage in the NBA. Kerr also was apart of one of the most memorable shots for the Bulls in the 1997 NBA finals. With the score tied in Game 6, Kerr hit the game winning three pointer to clinch the game and the championship for Chicago.
#7 John Paxson
A 1979 McDonalds all american, Paxson was known in college at Notre Dame, as well as in the NBA for his clutch three point shooting. He's best know for his clutch, championship winning shot in the 1993 NBA finals. With the Bulls down 2 with 3.9 seconds left, Paxson hit the go ahead 3 pointer to give the Bulls the lead and there third NBA title.
# 6 B.J Armstrong
The former Iowa Hawkeye star, B.J was an important part of the Bulls championship run during the 90's. Before being taken by Toronto in the 1995 expansion draft, He helped Chicago win 3 of there 6 championships in 91, 92 and 93. Known for his sharpshooting and scoring, Armstrong was voted as a starter in the 1994 NBA all-star game. He is currently the agent for Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose.
#5 D. Rose
Everybody needs a little luck now and then, and the Bulls got It when they beat the odds in the 2008 NBA draft by 1.7% to select Derrick. An extremely explosive guard, Derrick gives the Bulls what they have lacked for awhile at the PG position, a guard who can create for himself and others. In only his second NBA season, Derrick has already accomplished what few thought he would be able to this early. The accolades are impressive, 2010 NBA all-star,2009 ROY, 2009 all rookie first team, and 2009 NBA skills challenge champion. Derrick still has a lot to prove before he can be considered the best guard in Bulls history, but if he keeps up the pace he's on now, It will only be a matter of time.
# 4 Guy Rodgers
Selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1966 expansion draft, Rodgers picked up right were he left off for the Warriors, A playmaker in every since of the word, Rodgers was know for his court vision and basketball IQ. Rodgers was apart of the historic 100 point game with Wilt Chamberlain, where he handed out 20 assist. His time with Chicago was quick but very successful. He became an NBA all-star for the fourth time, and handed out an NBA record 908 assist, a Chicago Bulls single season record.
#3 Reggie Theus
Reggie was a do it all point forward. Before Michael Jordan came along, Reggie was the go to scorer for the Bulls between 1978 and 1984. Theus averaged 16.3 points per game as a rookie and 20.3 points per game as a sophmore. The two time all-star was traded during the 1984 season for a player, Steve Johnson and three draft picks, one of which became Michael Jordan. He finished his career with 19,015 points and 6,453 assist.
#2 Jerry Sloan
The Hall Of Fame head coach was the first selection by the Bulls in the 1966 expansion draft giving him the name the Original Bull. During his time, Sloan was known as a very good defender, earning All Defensive first team four times and the All Defensive second team twice. Sloan could do It all. He's currently fourth on the Bulls all-time scoring list and 10th on the NBAs all-time steals per game list behind John Stockton. Sloan is also the first Bull to have his jersey retired.
# 1 Stormin Norm
Norm Van Lier was a fiery passionate guard for the Bulls during the 1971-1978 season. Highly respected for his defensive intensity during the span of his 10 year career, Norm was voted as an NBA all-sar three times through 74,76 and 77. Norm was also voted to the Defensive first team three times through 74,76 and 77, five times to the NBA all defensive second team and once to the All NBA second team in 1974. Norm retired in 1979 witha career total of 8,770 points and 5,217 assist. Van Lier was honored by the Bulls February 26, 2010 for his historic career with the Bulls, after passing away unexpectedly February 5th, 2009. Norm will always be remembered for his passion and love for the Bulls organization.