Chicago Bulls Mount Rushmore
OTG Basketball presents, NBA Mount Rushmore, where we look at who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of each team in the league. Up next, is the Chicago Bulls.
Well, this is an easy one. It’s hard to put into words just how much Jordan meant to the Chicago Bulls and the game of basketball. He was the third pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, which is simply comical when you think about it. MJ was elite on both sides of the ball and the Hall of Fame guard is the best to ever lace them up. As a Bull, he won six NBA championships, was named Finals MVP six times, regular season MVP five times, named an All-Star 12 times, won Defensive Player of the Year in 1988, led the league in scoring 10 times, led the league in steals three times and was crowned Slam Dunk Champ twice. You name it, he did it. He sits at the top of pretty much every stat category in franchise history. Can we get the crying Jordan face on Rushmore, though?
Since the first face on Chicago Bulls Mount Rushmore is Batman, it would only make sense for the second face to be Robin. Pippen was overshadowed by the greatest player of all time, but he was Jordan’s sidekick and a huge reason why MJ was able to get all those rings. Scottie was one of the greatest perimeter defenders of all time. He led the league in steals in 1995 and was named to the All-Defensive First Team seven times. An even better player than he was able to show, he gave us a taste of what it would have been like with him as the man when he was the number one option in 1993-94 when Jordan took a break to play baseball. He put up great numbers, was the All-Star Game MVP and finished third in MVP voting. Pippen was named an All-Star seven times and ranks second all-time only to Jordan in so many stat categories in franchise history.
The third face has to be Derrick Rose, a native of Chicago, who put the Bulls back on the map after the Jordan and Pippen glory years. He quickly established himself as the cornerstone of the franchise after winning Rookie of the Year in 2008-09. Just two seasons later, he averaged 25 points and 7.7 assists, led the Bulls to the best record in the league and became the youngest MVP in league history. Sadly, the injury bug struck fierce after that and robbed him of his prime and perhaps the Bulls from another title. He’s one of the biggest what ifs, but he still was a three-time All-Star with the franchise and ranks in the team’s top-ten in points, assists, field goals and VORP.
Dennis Rodman aka “The Worm” was a hard out here. Even though he only played for the Bulls for three seasons, he was an integral piece as Chicago won the title each of those three seasons. His rainbow hair, elite interior defense and unworldly rebounding presence will always be tied to the franchise. However, “The Original Bull” goes here. In the 1966 expansion draft, Jerry Sloan was Chicago’s first pick. He was also the first player to have his jersey retired by the team. A two-time All-Star, Jerry led the Bulls to the postseason eight consecutive times. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in defensive rating and ranks in the top six all-time in games, minutes, field goals, free throws, rebounds, points and defensive win shares.