The Chicago Bulls have been an NBA franchise since the 1966-67 season. Until the mid 80’s the Bulls had been little more than a mediocre franchise at best. That all changed with the drafting of a 6’6 Guard from the University of North Carolina in 1984. The Bulls would win six NBA titles in the 90’s and with Derrick Rose leading the way, again appear to be on the verge of dominance. Here are the Top 5 Chicago Bulls of all time.
1. Michael Jordan: From North Carolina, a 6-6 Guard, Michael Jordan. Jordan is arguably the greatest player that has ever stepped on a professional basketball court and without a doubt he is the No. 1 Bull of all time. Jordan had it all: explosiveness, athleticism, creativity, length, defense, offense. You name it, he had it. He is the all time scoring leader for the Chicago Bulls with 32393 points. Jordan averaged just over 30 points throughout his 15 year career and was the focal point during the Bulls six championships in eight seasons. Jordan was also named league MVP five times during his 13 seasons with the Bulls. By far the best closer in the history of the NBA.
2. Scottie Pippen: Every Batman needs a Robin and that’s what Scottie Pippen was to Michael Jordan. Pippen played 12 of his 17 NBA seasons with the Bulls and as he and MJ formed one of the greatest tandems in NBA history. Pippen averaged 18 points per game during the height of his Bulls career. Capable of taking over a game offensively, Pippen was also known for his shutdown defense. He was a first team NBA defensive player three times. Pippen was a hybrid. He had exceptional ball handling skills for a small forward and was often used as a point forward. It’s debatable as to whether or not Scottie Pippen would have had the success he did without Jordan but the fact remains that he was an intricate part of those six Chicago championship teams.
3. Derrick Rose: This is no disrespect to Chicago Bulls’ players of the past but basketball royalty doesn’t come around often and Rose has that lineage. In only his 4th season in the NBA, Rose has already won Rookie of the Year honors and a league MVP. Only one other player on this list accomplished both of those and he sits at No. 1. At a generous 6-3, Rose possesses explosive leaping ability and is fearless when he attacks the rim. Rose is averaging just over 20 points and 6.8 assists per game in his young career. In the 2010-11 season Rose led the Bulls to the NBA’s best record. Despite being outplayed by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, if Rose can stay healthy he will lead the Bulls to multiple Championships. Again, the only other player on this list to do so sits at No. 1.
4. Jerry Sloan: A 6-5 Guard/Forward, Sloan was the cornerstone of the inaugural Chicago Bulls team. During his 11 NBA seasons, Sloan played 10 with the Bulls. He averaged 14 points per game over his career, appeared in two All Star games, and was named to the NBA All-Defensive team six times. Sloan led the Chicago Bulls to numerous playoff appearances and in 1975 to their only divisional title before the Jordan. Sloan would later coach the Bulls for three seasons in the early 80’s taking them to the playoffs in his second season.
5. Bob Love: An ambidextrous 6-8 Forward, Love played with the Bulls from 1968-76. Love averaged almost 19 points a game, to include six consecutive seasons of more than 21 ppg, in his nine seasons with the Bulls. Despite no championships, Love was a three-time all-star player with the Bulls and had his No. 10 jersey retired. He is only one of four Bulls with retired jerseys. The other three are on this list.
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