Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah: Chicago Bulls' Next Great Trio?

Mike B.Correspondent ISeptember 20, 2010

The Chicago Bulls know a thing or two about talented trios. Led by Guy Rodgers, Bob Boozer, and current Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, the team reached the postseason in their inaugural season, 1966-67.

Chicago made the playoffs six consecutive years from 1970-1975 mostly because of the trio of Sloan, Bob Love, and Norm Van Lier.

Fast forward to the 1990s.

During the Bulls' first three NBA championships (1991-1993), Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Horace Grant were the team's three biggest stars.

After Grant left town for Orlando in 1994, the Bulls went on to complete another three-peat, winning titles from '96-98 with Jordan, Pippen and Grant's replacement, Dennis Rodman leading the way.

Then-Bulls general manager Jerry Krause attempted to build yet another amazing trio in the early 2000s that consisted of high-lottery picks Jay Williams, Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler.

Bulls fans know how that worked out. Williams crashed his motorcycle following his rookie season and never returned to the court, while the "Twin Towers" of Curry and Chandler didn't turn out to be the next David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

Today, the Bulls have a very appealing one-two-three-punch in Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. No, these guys probably won't lead the squad to six titles like Jordan and Co., however, they shouldn't disappoint Chi-Town fans like Williams, Curry, and Chandler did.    

Rose, Boozer, and Noah are all proven NBA players. Both Rose and Boozer are All-Stars, and Noah ranks high on the list of guys who should have been an All-Star last season.

Rose is the Bulls' "alpha-dog" or in other words, the team's top player. The explosive Chicago native was selected by the Bulls with the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He went on to win Rookie of the Year honors, and led the Bulls to the playoffs.

Last season, Rose was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as he averaged 20.8 points and six assists per game, and powered Chicago to the postseason for the second consecutive year.

Widely considered one of the game's top point guards, Rose is expected to have a superstar-type year this coming season. 

Boozer signed with Chicago as a free agent this past July. Sure, the majority of Bulls fans would have preferred to see bigger-name free agents come to town such as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but nonetheless, Boozer should prove to be an outstanding acquisition.   

Boozer spent the past six seasons in Utah, where he became a two-time All-Star power forward playing under Sloan. With his ability to rack up close to 20 points per game, Boozer will likely emerge as the Bulls' best low-post scorer since a young Elton Brand back in 2001.

Noah arrived in Chicago in 2007 after a memorable collegiate career in which he led the Florida Gators to back-to-back-national championships. He was selected by the Bulls ninth overall in the draft.

Noah isn't much of a scoring threat, however he's the Bulls' emotional leader, and ultimate hustle and energy guy.

The 6'11" center put together a breakout season last year, averaging a double-double with 10.7 points and 11 rebounds per contest. He raised those numbers to 14.8 points and 13 rebounds per game during the playoffs.

With the trio of Rose, Boozer and Noah, the Bulls could make some noise in the Eastern Conference in 2010-11. Some people actually believe they will finish with a better record than the LeBron and Wade-led Miami Heat.

We shall see.     

The Bulls' star-studded trio will be surrounded with a fantastic supporting cast, which includes the likes of holdovers Luol Deng and second-year forward Taj Gibson, along with newcomers Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, and C.J. Watson.   

New head coach Tom Thibodeau, the former defensive mastermind of the Boston Celtics, should also play a vital role in transforming the Bulls from a low-seeded playoff team to a title contender. 

Thibodeau did an excellent job as an assistant in Boston, and it will be interesting to see how he will do as the main man in Chicago.

If the Bulls do become one of the league's top teams, it will be mostly due to the play of Rose, Boozer and Noah.

Bulls fans, get ready for the most excitement since the dynasty years of the '90s.


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