Chicago Bulls — Derrick Rose
19.7 points per game
6.2 assists per game
3.7 rebounds per game
One might think the point guards of the Michael Jordan era should be on this list, but can you name the point guards of the Michael Jordan era? They are starters on a dynasty winner, but they can end up nameless. B.J. Armstrong was the first point guard for the dynasty Bulls. When Jordan returned from his baseball hiatus, he had Ron Harper playing point.
That’s why Derrick Rose is the greatest point guard to ever play for the Chicago Bulls. He was a superstar, leading the Bulls to the number-one seed and winning the MVP in an era where the Eastern Conference had LeBron James. He was taken with the first-overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Rose was an immediate success, winning the NBA Rookie of the Month award in both November and December of the 2008-09 season. His success continued, and he eventually won the Rookie of the Year.
Rose grew from there. He became the first All-Star since Jordan when he made it in his second season. He was a reserve after an ankle injury slowed him down. He once again kept getting better. His MVP season sticks out like a sore thumb now. Between 2008 and 2013, LeBron James won four of the five MVP awards, and Rose won the other. He averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Rose tore his ACL in 2011, and that really knocked things off the course of greatness. He missed a year and a half and returned for the start of the 2013-14 season. After about a month, he tore his meniscus and missed another season. He played two more seasons after that, with some injuries in between. He never again hit the peaks he had during this MVP campaign, but he’s still the best point guard to ever play for the Bulls.