Comcast Sports Net Chicago put together a really interesting hypothetical: what would a roster of current NBA players from Chicago look like?
The results? Pretty, pretty, pretty good. The team would be anchored by a backcourt of Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade, have future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett and No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis up front and feature a collection of supporting talent that includes Evan Turner, Shawn Marion, Tony Allen and several other solid NBA contributors.
Will Bynum (Crane)
The 6-0 point guard out of Georgia Tech probably wouldn’t dress much on this team as he assumes the John Lucas III role without all the injuries. But Bynum provides speed and energy when he plays. Last season for the Pistons, he averaged 5.7 points and 1.8 assists in 14 minutes, 18 seconds per game.
And on Maggette:
Corey Maggette (Fenwick)
Maggette only spent one year at Duke before entering the NBA in 1999 with the Magic and is now playing for his sixth team. He never turned into the star some thought he might, but he’s had a solid 13-year run heading into this season. Maggette averages 16.2 points and 4.9 rebounds while attacking the basket and having a knack for getting to the free-throw line. In his career, he averages six free throws made per game and shoots them at an 82.3 percent clip.
Just for the fun of it, I put together a ‘team’ of all current NBA players with ties to Michigan over at BallinMichigan. Although the frontcourt rotation on that team — JaVale McGee (Chicago tried to claim him, but he’s a Flint native all the way), Al Horford and Chris Kaman — is pretty solid, but guard depth would probably make them a lottery team. I’m convinced they’d be better than the Bobcats and Magic though.