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Build Your Chicago-born NBA Starting Lineup

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Build Your Chicago-born NBA Starting Lineup

Can you make the ultimate Chicago-born NBA team?

We're giving you 12 points to put together a five-man unit. And remember: We're only counting what these players did once they got to the NBA. 

Good luck.

5 POINTS

Derrick Rose, Simeon: The youngest MVP in NBA history averaged 21.0 points and 6.8 assists through the first four years of his career before crippling knee injuries haulted a Hall of Fame career.

Anthony Davis, Prospectives: The five-time All-Star keeps getting better. He's been named First Team All-NBA the last two seasons, averaging 28.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in that span. It's a matter of when, not if, he wins MVP.

Isiah Thomas, St. Joseph: A 12-time All-Star, a two-time NBA champion and a thorn in Michael Jordan's side, Thomas was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 after averaging 19.2 points and 9.3 assists in 13 seasons.

Dwyane Wade, Richards: Flash will go down as one of the game's all-time great shooting guards. In 12 straight All-Star seasons he averaged 24.2 points, 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals, won three titles and won gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

4 POINTS

Mark Aguirre, Westinghouse: A scoring machine with the Mavericks who averaged 24.6 points and was named to three All-Star teams in eight seasons. He then went on to win two titles with the Bad Boy Pistons.

Hersey Hawkins, Westinghouse: The sharpshooting guard averaged 14.7 points over 13 NBA seasons and ranks in the top-60 all-time in 3-point field goal percentage (39.4%).

Tim Hardaway, Carver: The five-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA guard averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 13 NBA seasons.

Terry Cummings, Carver: In his first 10 NBA seasons Cummings averaged 21.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and was named to a pair of All-Star Games, twice with the Bucks.

3 POINTS

Juwan Howard, Vocational: He played a 19-year career, but in the first 10 years he averaged 17.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists and was named to an All-Star Game in his second year.

Antoine Walker, Mt. Carmel: Walker was a 20-point per game scorer in eight seasons with the Celtics and then was a key cog off the bench in helping Dwyane Wade and the Heat to a title in 2006.

Kendall Gill, Rich Central: Our very own averaged 13.4 points over a 15-year NBA career and led the NBA in steals (2.7) in 1999 with the Nets.

Doc Rivers, Proviso East: In eight seasons with the Hawks, Rivers averaged 13.0 points and 6.8 assists and was named an All-Star in 1988.

2 POINTS

Jabari Parker, Simeon: Two torn ACLs have slowed his progression, but Parker has averaged 15.3 points on 49.0 perent shooting in four NBA seasons and will now suit up for his hometown team.

Tony Allen, Crane: Don't let his paltry offensive numbers fool you; Allen was three times named First Team All-NBA Defense, and three other times named Second Team All-NBA Defense.

Nick Anderson, Simeon: The sharpshooter of the Magic in the 90s, Anderson averaged 2.1 3-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from 1995 to 1999.

Corey Maggette, Fenwick: The scoring machine averaged 16.0 points on 45 percent shooting over a 14-year NBA career.

1 POINT

Patrick Beverley, Marshall: The pesky defender has proven to be a solid off-ball shooter as well, connecting on 37.6% of his 3-point attempts in six NBA seasons. 

Eddy Curry, Thornwood: Curry led the NBA in field goal percentage in 2003 and averaged 12.9 points in 11 NBA seasons. He won a ring with the Heat in 2012 despite not playing a single postseason game (and just 14 regular season games).

Nazr Mohammed, Kenwood: The NBA journeyman played for eight different teams, averaging 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. His infamous shove of LeBron James in the 2013 Playoffs will go down in Bulls lore.

Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young: He averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as a rookie but has since fallen out of favor, bouncing around to three different teams in the span of a year.

Jimmy Butler may have gotten uninvited to the Wade's BBQ again

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Jimmy Butler may have gotten uninvited to the Wade's BBQ again

Jimmy Butler is in hot water with the Wades ... again.

Maybe not really, but the two former Bulls teammates exchanged pleasantries on Instagram after Butler commented on a photo Dwyane Wade's wife Gabrielle Union posted poolside, saying: "WELL DAMN!!"

Wade, a three-time all-defensive second team, came to his wife's defense when Butler posted a video the next day with the caption: "The good, the bad, and the ugly...", prompting Wade to respond: "Put well damn in caps on my wife photo again and you're gonna see what the good, the bad and the ugly is like."

*Mic drop*

It appears this won't affect Butler getting an invite to the next get together. Or so he hopes...

"Well that escalated quickly," Butler responded to Wade. "Point noted.. I'm still coming to the bbq tho 😂😂😂"

SI names Lauri Markkanen a top-five candidate for a breakout season

SI names Lauri Markkanen a top-five candidate for a breakout season

Lauri Markkanen has been making headlines this offseason, mostly for bulking up considerably, and making appearances around Chicago at Nike camps and Jabari Parker’s camp, but as the season nears, his on-the-court exploits are starting to come up as well. On Thursday, Sports Illustrated put Lauri Markkanen on their list of five breakout candidates for the 2018-19 season

SI writer Michael Shapiro had this to say about Markkanen:


Markkanen has all the tools to be a future All-Star, and it looks as though he has the mindset, too. He seemed to take his matchup with Porzingis personally in early January, demanding the ball down the stretch en route to a career-high 33 points in a road victory. The Bulls enter 2018-19 on the outside of the East playoff picture, but Chicago is now home to the NBA’s newest unicorn.

High praise indeed for Markkanen, and well-deserved praise considering that he finished with a usage rate lower with the Bulls than his college stint at Arizona, yet still was able to have an impact on the Bulls. Shapiro mentioned Markkanen’s burgeoning off-the-dribble game as the skill that most stood out, and speaks to the Finnish big man’s All-Star potential. 

While the 21-year-old’s threes lived up to the hype, it was his prowess of the bounce that made the biggest impression. Markkanen showed a deft handle and array of canny fakes in the post, adding a mean streak to boot. The Finnisher lived up to his nickname, unafraid of contact and eager to fight for position in the post. The stereotype of the soft European big man doesn’t apply here.

The numbers back this up. 

Among the Bulls top 10 players in drives per game last season, Markkanen finished second in field percentage (on drives) at 46.1 percent. If that numbers rises, or more likely, Markkanen drives to the basket more, his scoring total will increase. And when it came to finishing around the paint in general, he shot  67.6 percent on shots from zero-to-three feet, making him the third best in that range out of the Bulls top nine rotation players last season. Yet among the same group of players, Markkanen ranked sixth in shot attempts from zero-to-three feet. With the presence of Wendell Carter Jr., and another year of internal growth from Bobby Portis- bigs that can stretch the floor -Markkanen should be the recipient of more plays putting him in a position to score around the basket.

On a roster that will surely give big minutes to Parker, Kris Dunn, Carter, Chandler Hutchison and a working-his-way-back to form Zach LaVine, Markkanen may be surest 3-point shooter on the floor. This means defenses will key in on his outside shot. If players are routinely closing out hard on Markkanen- as they should -this will open up more driving opportunities for the nimble seven-footer. 

The third or fourth season is usually when young players take the leap from good to great, but Markkanen will be playing with the most talented group of teammates he has ever been surrounded with. How he handles playing with this group will go a long way towards establishing what kind of player he will be in the future, specifically if he is an All-Star caliber talent. On the 2018-19 Bulls, someone will have to hover around a 20 percent usage rate, making them a clear third-option, whoever that player is, his last name should not be Markkanen.