How many other backcourts feature a 24-year-old NBA MVP and one of the league's fastest-rising stars?
None? Well, that should make this easy to justify then.
Derrick Rose is the best player I've featured in this article, bar none. James Harden is close, but Rose is just on another level when he's healthy. He's one of the few players who can challenge Chris Paul for the point guard crown, and his attacking mentality just makes everything far easier for the Chicago Bulls.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler used Rose's absence to break out, and he'll look to continue that success after his point guard officially returns to the lineup. The Marquette product looked increasingly potent on offense as his second season progressed, and he was even showing off a deadly three-point shot and fadeaway step-back jumper.
In fact, Butler shot 47.5 percent from behind the arc after the All-Star break, and he was lofting up shots twice a game. This wasn't just a fluke of small sample size, but rather, a consistent trend. He did top 40 percent from downtown in the postseason as well.
Butler's game is all about defense, though. The offensive production is just gravy.
He was a fearless defender throughout his second professional season, consistently guarding the opposing squad's best wing player and never looking overmatched.
Despite the tough assignments, Butler still allowed only 0.76 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports (subscription required). That places him at No. 29, and he'll only get stronger (both literally and figuratively) as he bulks up and becomes more adept at preventing buckets in post-up situations.
Chicago's backcourt—assuming a full return to health on the part of Rose—is simply as good as it gets, both in terms of young backcourts and old ones.