Top 10 Chicago Bulls of All-Time

Top 10 Chicago Bulls of All-Time

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Honorable Mentions:

20. John Paxon

19. Guy Rodgers

18. Kirk Hinrich

17. Bob Boozer

16. B.J. Armstrong

15. Luol Deng

14. Steve Kerr

13. Joakim Noah

12. Reggie Theus

11. Chet Walker

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10. Toni Kukoc

Seasons in Red:

7 (1993-2000)

Stats w/ the Bulls

14.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 45.8 FG%

Although Kukoc was drafted by the Bulls in 1990, he remained in Europe and didn’t join the team until 1993. The versatile forward emerged as a spark plug off the Bulls bench, as he backed up Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, and later Dennis Rodman. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1996 and helped the Bulls win three titles as a top-tier reserve, and then actually became the leading scorer in 1998-99 after the dynasty was dismantled. He was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers midway through the 1999-00 season in a three-team trade that also involved the Golden State Warriors. He will always be a Bull in the hearts of Chicago natives and Bulls fans around the world. He played the game right, he played the game hard, and he will always be appreciated in Chi-Town.

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9. Horace Grant

Seasons in Red:

7 (1987-1994)

Stats w/ the Bulls

12.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.4 APG, 2.2 Stocks, 53.0 FG%

Grant, a 6’10” power forward out of Clemson, was picked up by the Bulls with the 10th overall pick in the 1987 draft. He backed up Charles Oakley during his rookie year, but became a starter after Oakley was traded to New York for Bill Cartwright, a move that Michael Jordan wasn’t too thrilled with at the time but would later realize it was a great move. Known for his trademark goggles (which I didn’t even picture above, haha), he was a key member of the Bulls’ first three championship teams in the early ’90s with his rebounding and ability to knock down the open jumper. In 1994, he played in his first and only All-Star game of his career. Grant left Chicago for the Orlando Magic as a free agent in 1994 to join forces with young superstars Shaquille O’Neal and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Still, he was a great Bull and deserves a top 10 spot on any list regarding greatest Bulls.

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8. Dennis Rodman

Seasons in Red:

3 (1995-1998)

Stats w/ the Bulls

5.2 PPG, 15.3 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.9 Stocks, 45.2 FG%

The “Worm” was basically given to the Bulls as he was picked up in a trade from the San Antonio Spurs for backup center Will Perdue. Rodman was brought in to replace longtime starting power forward Horace Grant and provide the Bulls with rebounding and stifling defense, just as he had when he was a member of the Detroit “Bad Boy” Pistons. Whether his hair was dyed blond, red, or green, the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year blended in very nicely with his superstar teammates Jordan and Pippen, doing exactly what he was asked to do. One of the NBA’s greatest rebounders ever, Rodman didn’t let his off-the-court behavior disrupt the Bulls winning ways on the court as Chicago won three titles during his tenure with the club. It might have been difficult for the Bulls to win those titles without the addition of Rodman. He is he strangest dude I can remember playing in the NBA, but he gave you results and that is all that matters on the court.

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7. Artis Gilmore

Seasons in Red:

4 (1976-1982, 1987-1988)

Stats w/ the Bulls

19.3 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.7 Stocks, 58.7 FG%

After a phenomenal ABA career, Gilmore was selected by the Bulls in the 1976 dispersal draft. The “A-Train” made four All-Star appearances during his time in Chi-Town and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1978. Gilmore never averaged under 17 points and nine rebounds as a Bull. His best season came in 1977-78 when he posted 22.9 points and 13.1 rebounds per contest. He is the Bulls’ all-time leader in blocks and field-goal percentage, and ranks in the top 10 in several other categories. Gilmore was traded to San Antonio in 1982 and was then dealt back to Chicago in 1987, where he played 24 games before getting waived. I was surprised to see how good his numbers were in Chicago, has to be one of the more underrated and under appreciated players in league history.

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