Every NBA franchise has drafted notable All-Star players and unfortunately have not been able to hold on to them. For a variety of reasons, players move teams and develop into very effective players.
The Chicago Bulls have a storied draft history with some excellent All-Star players that would actually fit very well together in today’s NBA. If the Chicago Bulls were able to hold on to this starting lineup, they would field a very dominating starting five that would be a legitimate superteam. Here is the starting lineup for the Chicago Bulls if they kept every player that drafted.
Point Guard: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose could have been one of the all-time greats. Rose was the youngest MVP winner in 2011 and was an absolute monster leading his Chicago Bulls team into the playoffs almost every year. Rose was arguably the most athletic player in the league prior to his injuries and could have been the player that could bring a championship to Chicago.
Even when his injuries robbed him of his unbelievable explosiveness, Rose is still very serviceable with averages of 18 points and 4 assists per game this last season. He also provided a flashback with a huge 50-point performance last season with the Timberwolves. Rose is one of Chicago’s greatest point guards and would be a lock for the starting point guard position for the Bull’s Drafted Team.
Shooting Guard: Gary Harris
Gary Harris is an excellent shooting guard in the league, thanks to his efficient two-way play. Harris is a very good defender who is thriving in Denver’s system and is a key cog in the Nugget’s lineup. Harris is also a very good shooter, who can drain shots from the three-point line and mid-range.
Harris has all the qualities of a starting two-guard in the NBA and has improved steadily every year since coming into the league. Starting Harris next to Rose would give them a good defensive backcourt with a mix of shooting and scoring.
Small Forward: Jimmy Butler
Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league who is a multiple-time All-Star. Butler is a very solid defender with a terrific motor and enjoys playing every game like it’s his last. Butler thrives playing lock-down defense and taking the task of defending the opposing team’s best players.
Butler also had tremendous improvement in his offensive game since coming into the league as a rookie. Butler quickly developed into an excellent scorer, with a mix of offensive skills including an outside and inside game. Jimmy Butler has put in the work in the offseason and has returned a better player every year. Starting Butler with Rose would give the Bulls two excellent perimeter scorers who play the game with a fiery passion.
Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the best power forwards in the league and a bonafide All-Star. Aldridge can hurt teams with a mix of mid-range jumpers, smooth fadeaways, and a solid post-game. Even though Aldridge was more dominant in his earlier days with the Blazers, he is still an All-Star player who can drop 20 points in his sleep.
Placing Aldridge in the starting lineup would give the Bulls a legitimate 20-10 player to go along with Rose and Butler. They complement his game nicely, thanks to their ability to attract defensive attention and free up space for Aldrige and his terrific mid-range game. Aldridge can also take on the primary scoring role, attracting double teams and moving the ball to the open man. Overall, Aldridge is a terrific offensive player who could be unstoppable next to Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.
Center: Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah is one of the most popular players in recent Bulls history, thanks to his charisma and on-court hustle. Noah came into the league with an incredible motor, and a terrific hustle that he displayed every chance he could. Noah thrived in crashing the boards, playing tough defense, and playing within a very gritty Bulls system. Noah would form an excellent partnership with Aldridge, thanks to his terrific defense and rebounding.
Noah would take on most of the defensive responsibilities in this Bulls side, and allow Aldridge to focus his efforts on putting the ball in the basket. Noah also compliments Butler’s playing style, thanks to his all-out effort in every game he plays in. We have also seen Noah start alongside Rose in the past, with both players leading their team to multiple playoff appearances. Joakim Noah would complete a Bull’s superteam that would dominate most teams in NBA history.