Guard play has been immensely important to the Chicago Bulls success. Former MVP Derrick Rose and elite scorer Jimmy Butler rightly get most of the attention. But Aaron Brooks, the Bulls guard in his 11th NBA season should never be overlooked. (Opposing coaches know this.) A fan favorite, Brooks played in all 82 games for the Bulls last year, a heavenly statistic for Bulls fans who’ve seen injuries continually disrupt their championship dreams.
Aaron Brooks is faster than Sunday mass in a resort town, as Al McGuire once said of a player, and he knows where the basket is. Brooks averaged 11.6 points per game last year for Chicago in just 23 minutes on the floor. New Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s new offense should offer Brooks even more opportunities to thrive. Brooks, a former McDonald’s high school All-American, started all four years at Oregon and was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 26th pick in 2007. If the Bulls are going places, Brooks will have a lot to do with it.