10 Best Players In Chicago Bulls History: Artis Gilmore, Bob Love, Horace Grant, Jerry Sloan, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoč
The Chicago Bulls are one of the best franchises in NBA history. Their recent history may not be great, but in the 1990s the Bulls established an unforgettable dynasty, winning six championships.
Obviously, talking about the Chicago Bulls is talking about Michael Jordan, who year after year led the team to glory, giving his best in every game. In addition to MJ, there have been other great players who have worn the Bulls uniform, such as Scottie Pippen, Artis Gilmore, Jimmy Butler, among others. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 10 best players in Chicago Bulls history.
Here are the 10 Greatest Players in Chicago Bulls History
Artis Gilmore was a true phenom. He played seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls, and today he still ranks first in franchise history in blocks (1,029), sixth in rebounds (5,342), seventh in points (9,288) and third in Value Over Replacement Player (24.8).
“The A-Train” averaged 19.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 blocks, with a 21.7 Player Efficiency Rating. Artis Gilmore just missed winning a championship ring with the Bulls.
Bob Love came to the Chicago Bulls in November 1968 from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Flynn Robinson. Love played nine seasons in Illinois, averaging 21.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He was a true offensive threat.
He was the Bulls’ top scorer for several years, with 12,623 points, until Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen displaced him, but today he remains in the top three in that department.
Everyone talks about Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, but Horace Grant also deserves credit, as he was an important piece in the Chicago Bulls’ first three-peat. In seven seasons with the squad, he averaged 12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
“The General” ranks in the franchise’s top 10 in rebounds (4,721), steals (587), blocks (579), Win Shares (62.4) and Value Over Replacement Player (18.1). Horace Grant was a tremendous power forward, perhaps one of the best of the 1990s.
Jerry Sloan played 10 seasons for the Chicago Bulls, from 1965-66 to 1975-76. He recorded 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
He did not win a championship ring, but led the Bulls to the conference finals in the 1974-75 season when they lost to Rick Barry’s Golden State Warriors. Sloan is fifth in franchise history in points (10,233) and rebounds (5,385) and 10th in Win Shares (48.1).
Joakim Noah played nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, from 2007-08 through 2015-15. At his peak he was one of the best centers out there, dominant both offensively and defensively.
In his time in Chicago, “Sticks” averaged 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Noah had 5,387 total rebounds (fourth in team history), 803 blocks (third), 481 steals (ninth) and 19.8 Value Over Replacement Player (fourth).
The Chicago Bulls selected Kirk Hinrich with the seventh overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. There were high expectations for this guard, which may not have been met, but he could still be considered one of the best players in franchise history.
In 11 seasons with the team, he averaged 11.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He is currently first in the franchise in three-point field goals (1049) third in assists (3,811) and steals (857), eighth in points (8,536) and tenth in Value Over Replacement Player (13.0).
Luol Deng was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the seventh overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, but he was traded to the Chicago Bulls before making his debut. Deng would end up becoming one of the best to ever wear a Bulls uniform.
Throughout 10 seasons with the team, The Man from Sudan scored 16.1 points per game, grabbed 6.4 rebounds, dished out 2.5 assists and stole one ball per game. Deng had 10,286 total points (fourth in franchise history), 4,078 rebounds (ninth), 639 steals (fifth), and a 19.4 VORP (fifth).
Michael Jordan is not only the greatest player in the history of the Chicago Bulls, but he is also considered the greatest player in the history of the NBA. His Airness made an unparalleled impact, both on and off the court. He turned the Bulls into a winning franchise, leading them to six championships and always being the Finals MVP. Many fans believe that if Jordan had not retired after the 1992-93 season, then the Bulls would have won eight straight championships.
MJ is obviously the Bulls’ all-time leader in points (29,277), assists (5,012), rebounds (5,836), steals (2,306), Win Shares (204.5) and VORP (110.5). Those who watched Jordan play are very fortunate because there will never be another player like him.
Scottie Pippen was Michael Jordan’s right-hand man during the Chicago Bulls dynasty. Jordan was an unparalleled phenom, but it must be admitted that without Pippen history would not be the same.
In 12 seasons with the team, “Pip” averaged 17.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.9 blocks, with a 19.6 Player Efficiency Rating and 51.1 Value Over Replacement Player Rating.
Toni KukoÄ was an excellent player who played his part in the Chicago Bulls’ second three-peat. The Croatian small forward played seven seasons for the team, averaging 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game, with a Player Efficiency Rating of 18.6 and a True Shooting Percentage of .535.
Toni KukoÄ ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in assists (1,840), steals (476), Box Plus/Minus (3.6) and VORP (18.3).