While many cities across the United States have brought in some serious talent to the NBA, there may be no single place that tops what Chicago has to offer. The city of Chicago has simply loaded up the NBA with big names over the years, and here we're going to break down the best of the bunch.
Let's check out the all-time Chicago team, starting with one player who'll likely go down in history as one of the best to ever play from the city.
Thomas was up there with the ranks of the best point guards to ever play in the NBA. He was simply exceptional, and after taking Indiana to a national championship, he went No. 2 in the 1981 NBA draft to the Detroit Pistons. What Thomas did and meant for the Pistons was nothing short of amazing, as he was a big part of helping to turn a struggling franchise into a serious championship contender.
At the end of the day, Isiah Thomas wrapped up his career with two NBA championships, an NBA Finals MVP and 12 All-Star selections, just to name a few accolades.
Wade is someone who Chicago sports fans will always respect, and now he's actually a part of their organization. He moved back home after a stellar career with the Miami Heat, one in which he averaged 23.7 points and 5.8 assists per game during his 13 seasons with the team. Wade has won three NBA championships, a Finals MVP award and has made 12 All-Star games as well.
His story during the tenure with Miami is great, but the fact that he may actually wrap up his career with the Chicago Bulls is pretty awesome in its own right.
Davis is still young (only 24) but it's obvious that he's been a force if he's made this list. The New Orleans Pelicans star has made four All-Star games and also was named to the All-NBA First Team as well. To this point in his five-year NBA career, Davis has averaged 22.1 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game and 2.4 blocks per game. Over the past four seasons alone he's topped 20 points per game and averaged a double-double.
Mikan was one of the first dominant big men in NBA history. He played back in the 1950s as a part of the Minneapolis Lakers dynasty. Technically, Mikan was born about 45-50 minutes outside of Chicago, but it still qualifies. During his time in college at local DePaul, he was named college basketball's player of the year twice. Then, during his time with the Lakers he averaged a superb 22.3 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.
I actually think Hardaway is underrated, but it was a tough decision between him and Derrick Rose in this spot. Hardaway got the edge in the end, simply because of his strong play pretty much all the way up until he was 34. That's 11-straight years of great play, and he wound up averaging 17.7 points and 8.2 assists per game. He also had three seasons in which he averaged at least 10 assists per season, which isn't an easy task to do.