Top 50 Best Chicago Bulls Players

Introduction

The Chicago Bulls is one of the most storied franchises in the NBA. Alongside the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls set the bar of excellence as a franchise in the NBA. This list will pay homage to some of the greatest players in Chicago Bull’s history.

#50 Wendell Carter

In two seasons with the Bulls, Carter already shows the potential to be one of the great Chicago centers. A quality defender in only his second season, Carter has a defensive IQ that will only get higher. He shows promise on offense with his quick first step and a variety of post moves. I see Carter doing great things with the Bulls in future years.

#49 Richard Hamilton

Best known for his years with the Pistons as a steady offensive presence, Richard Hamiton brought an edge to the Derrick Rose era Bulls. Starting alongside Rose in the backcourt, Hamilton was the guy that you couldn’t leave open. if you double-teamed Rose, Hamilton would make you pay with his shooting stroke or ability to drive to the basket.

#48 Brad Miller

Brad Miller had two stints with the Bulls, one in the early 2000s and one at the end of the same decade. A backup center, Brad Miller provided stability to the consistently weak Bull’s center position. With great interior post players across the NBA, Miller’s ability to play physical defense was key for the Bull’s defense.

#47 Otto Porter Jr.

Otto Porter Jr. is just one of those all-round great players. He can play quality minutes at the 2,3, and 4 positions on the court, catch and shoot three’s at an elite percentage, and hold his own on defense. Porter Jr. is the consistent glue guy that won’t make mistakes to hurt the team but, instead, elevate the players around him.

#46 Wilbur Holland

Wilbur Holland only played four total NBA seasons, three with the Bulls, but was great during his time in the NBA. As a shooting guard, Holland impressed with a career average of 14 points per game on 45% from the field. While the Bulls struggled to find an identity, Holland played within his role as an efficient combo guard.

#45 Fred Hoiberg

Coming to the Bulls organization at the turn of the century, Hoiberg was the next great three-point shooter for the Bulls. Shooting a high percentage from the free-throw line and downtown, Hoiberg performed his role for the team. Without Hoiberg’s spark, the Bulls would have been worse than what they were post-Michael Jordan.

#44 Ben Wallace

We all know the kind of player Ben Wallace was with the Detroit Pistons. However, NBA fans forget that he had a huge role in the Chicago Bulls 07’ playoff run. A stalwart on defense his entire career, Wallace brought an interior presence the Hinrich and Deng-led Bulls were missing. Averaging 1.5 blocks during his career with the Bulls, Wallace made a huge impact in making them one of the league’s best defenses.

#43 Nikola Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic had a productive career as a stretch four. The Eastern European was a streaky shooter, known for his ability to come off the bench and make 5 jumpers straight. Besides his shooting, Mirotic was an impressive playmaker, dishing out dimes when opposing defenders overcommitted. Overall, Mirotic played a key role in the Bull’s most recent playoff run.

#42 Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson was one of the most feisty little-men in the NBA. At 5’9’’, Robinson played with a huge chip on his shoulder. He was always on the ground fighting for loose balls and was not afraid to attack the basket against 7-footers. Despite his height, Robinson was a great dunker who won crowds over with his high-flying maneuvers. Robinson had the heart and spirit eerily similar to many former Bulls.

#41 Dave Greenwood

Dave Greenwood played for the Bulls during a tough era for Eastern Conference Teams. The 76ers and Celtics were a top of the East with quality teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, and Atlanta Hawks not too far behind. While the Bulls struggled during this era, Greenwood gave the Bulls a sturdy efficient power forward for many years.

#40 Tyson Chandler

Tyson Chandler is a great representative of the NBA. A natural leader, Chandler contributed immensely to building a great locker room culture in Chicago during the mid-2000s. A spot starter, Chandler played within his role as a big man that could come in and get boards while playing hard-nosed defense. Chandler adds to the list of hardworking Bulls.

#39 Lauri Markkanen

Lauri Markkanen was not welcomed by Bulls fans on draft night. Scared that he would become another European bust, Bulls fan preferred the safer Dennis Smith Jr. However, Dennis Smith Jr. is a borderline bust while Markkanen is an upcoming developing power forward. Markkanen shows great shooting potential while growing as an interior defender. Markkanen’s development is on pace for a great career with the Bulls.

#38 Dwayne Wade

Dwayne Wade is a Miami Heat legend. However, he did play a season with the Chicago Bulls and, for that reason, he has to make it on this list. Wade is simply that much of a legend. Wade contributed to the Bulls by averaging 18 points per game and four assists. While they didn’t have any playoff success, Wade was not the problem.

#37 Metta World Peace

Bad-boy Metta World Peace started his career with the Chicago Bulls. Here, he was arguably at his best defensively. Known for his physical, hustle-oriented playstyle, Peace never backed down from a challenge. Peace would make some of the league’s best offensive players look silly with his relentless defense and constant steals.

#36 Luc Longley

Luc Longley was the starting center during the Bulls second three-peat. A quality big man, Longley played his role as the do-it-all dirty work center. He was infamous for being Michael Jordan’s favorite screen-setter and pick and roll option. Longley was a valuable string that kept the Bull’s stars playing in unison.

#35 Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose had a fantastic career in the NBA. A score-first combo guard, Jalen rose knew how to get his own buckets. Rose joined the Bulls in the 01-02’ and while only playing a full season with the Bulls, Rose averaged 22 points and 4 assists per game. Another casualty of the dark post-Michael Jordan Bulls era, Rose should still be celebrated for his one great season with the Bulls.

#34 Clem Haskins

Combo guard Clem Haskins had a great career in the NBA. A 20 point scorer with the Bulls, Haskins helped the late 60s Bulls stay in playoff contention. I appreciated his willingness to play a large amount of minutes. In his third season with the Bulls, Haskins played a full 82 games at 39.2 minutes per game. Haskins always showed up to play and gave it his all.

#33 Eddie Curry

Overall, Eddy Curry had a disappointing career. Drafted number four overall in the 2001 draft, Curry was expected to become the next dominant big man. However, he fell short of this accomplishment and was out of the league by age 30. Curry did impress by shooting .585 percent from the field in the 02’-03’ season with the Bulls. He also averaged roughly 14 points per game during his four-year career with the Bulls. For that reason, he makes this list.

#32 Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford is the greatest sixth-man of all time; although Lou Williams might have something to say about this. Crawford was a streaky shooter no doubt but when he was on, he was on. It drove coaches nuts because one game he would shoot 1-10 but the next night he would shoot 11-12. However, those 11-12 games came at crucial times and gave the Bulls a lot of key victories.

#31 Taj Gibson

Taj Gibson was a tough role player and leader for the Derrick Rose-era Bulls. Playing a traditional power forward role, Gibson could score with ease and occasionally stretch the floor. Gibson always played with a competitive spirit, never backing down from a defensive challenge. His leadership skills were great as his no-nonsense approach kept the team focused on their goal.

#30 Mickey Johnson

Mickey Johnson had a successful NBA career. While having a slow start with the Bulls his rookie season, Johnson quickly improved, averaging 18 points and nine rebounds per game. Johnson was a fan favorite for his steady cool presence on the court and the effortless way he played the game.

#29 Orlando Woolridge

Orlando Woolridge had a great NBA career and it’s a shame he didn’t make any all-star appearance. The small forward from Notre Dame, Woolridge lived up to his Bull’s hype after they drafted him 6th overall. In his peak with the Bulls, Woolridge was a 20+ point scorer who shot over 50% from the field.

#28 Ron Harper

Ron Harper played the tail end of his career with the Chicago Bulls. He brought a veteran presence to the Bull’s second three-peat. Time after time, Harper stepped up to guard the opposing team’s best defenders. However, he also showed the ability to make shots when needed. Harper’s five titles are no fluke.

#27 Carlos Boozer

Two-time All-Star and All-NBA player Carlos Boozer had a phenomenal season. After a long stretch with the Utah Jazz, Boozer was embraced by Bulls fans. As a power forward, Boozer carried the Derrick Rose-led Bulls in the paint. With great footwork and a bevy of finesse moves, Boozer always found opportunities to score. A great rebounder as well, particularly offensively, Boozer eased the burden on Rose to carry the offense.

#26 Steve Kerr

Three-point sniper Steve Kerr was always on target with the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. While never starting for the Bulls, Kerr was always called upon by Phil Jackson whenever he needed to stretch the floor. Kerr almost always delivered. With a career three-point percentage above 45%, Kerr goes down as one of the best three-point shooters of all-time.

#25 Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine only continues to get better. Drafted by the Timberwolves for his otherworldly athleticism, LaVine has grown to become quite the versatile offensive weapon. Averaging 26 points per game at the age of 24, Lavine can shoot lights out and get to the basket with ease. He’s growing as a playmaker with the Bulls and should rise on this list as time goes on.

#24 Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol is one of the greatest European big men to play in the NBA. A finesse big man with elite footwork, playmaking, and shooting ability, Pau Gasol was a star for every team he played with. While only playing two seasons with the Bulls, Gasol cemented his legacy by being a major presence in the team’s 2014-2015 playoff success.

#23 Elton Brand

Elton Brand played the first two years of his hall-of-fame career with the Chicago Bulls. Here, he averaged over 20 points per game while shooting nearly 50% from the field. While Brand played during some of the Bull’s darkest seasons, he was not at fault. In fact, his presence kept the team from losing even more games.

#22 Tom Boerwinkle

Tom Boerwinkle played his entire career with the Chicago Bulls. A towering center, Tom was an elite rebounder, averaging over 11 true rebounds per game. However, Tom was one of the few big men that could create plays and control the possession. While it is more common in today’s modern NBA, Tom was one of the first big men averaging over 4 assists per game.

#21 Guy Rodgers

Guy Rodgers, 4-time All-Star and Hall-of-Famer, had a short, but great career with the Chicago Bulls. Averaging 18 points and 11 assists per game in the 66’-67’ season, Rodgers straight up dominated opposing guards. Arguably, the Bulls haven’t had a plethora of great point guards. Rodgers’ dominant couple of seasons gave the Bulls one of their best point guards in team history.

#20 Kirk Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich was the quintessential floor general at the point guard position. Hinrich could shoot with the best of them, dish out crisp passes, and score at the basket with ease. His infamous glasses and calm demeanor attracted fans. Hinrich and Deng are some of the most familiar faces of the 2000s-era Bulls.

#19 Charles Oakley

Charles Oakley had a legendary career with the New York Knicks, but it is forgotten that he played with the Bulls early in his career. However, some of his best seasons came with the Bulls. With the Bulls, Oakley was a monster on the boards collecting nearly 10 a game. He brought a mean, physical presence to the team and helped to set the tone for Michael Jordan’s run with the Bulls.

#18 John Paxson

John Paxson makes this list so high because of his contributions to the Bulls three-peat and his role as a general manager and vice president of Bulls between 2003-2020. On the court, Paxson was a three-point sharpshooter and a great complement to Jordan’s slashing ability. Paxson’s shooting made Jordan’s life much easier and his big shots in crucial games led to his legendary status and three championships.

#17 Bill Cartwright

Bill Cartwright was the starting center for the Bulls first three-peat. Cartwright was a strong presence at the basket who also knew how to play his role. With Pippen and Jordan leading the offense, Cartwright played behind the scenes dominating the paint. He could score with ease and stay in front of his man in the post. Bill Cartwright deserves recognition for his role in these Bull’s championships.

#16 Ben Gordon

Ben Gordon was such an underrated player for the Bulls. In 5 seasons with the Bulls, Gordon only missed 14 games. In three seasons with the Bulls, he played the entire 82 games. Gordon was one of the most lethal shooters in the NBA and perfectly complemented Kirk Hinrich as a shooting guard. Ben Gordon was the best player on the Bulls during the mid-2000s and, because of that, is high on this list.

#15 Joakim Noah

Defensive player of the year Joakim Noah was a force. A college legend with the Billy Donovan led Florida Gators, Noah entered the league with the tough gritty attitude of many previous Bulls legends. Along with Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, Noah anchored the Bulls defense. Nothing got past him in the paint as he had great footwork, balance, and competitive spirit. Noah was the heart of the Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls.

#14 Luol Deng

Luol Deng was the consistent defensive presence for the Bulls. A fan-favorite, Luol Deng was a workhorse on the court often guarding the opposing team’s best perimeter player while also playing a huge role in the offense. Deng’s name was synonymous with making the right play at the right time. Fans loved how announcers would scream “Deeeeeng” whenever he made a shot and shows how much of a legend he is in Chicago.

#13 Bob Boozer

Bullet Bob was a strong presence in the 60s-era Bulls. Joining the team in the latter stages of his career, Boozer had finally reached his potential as a player. As a power forward, Boozer averaged 20+ points per game on nearly 50% shooting from beyond the arc. His smooth jump shots and beautiful footwork were something to behold and kept fans gravitated towards the star.

#12 Toni Kukoc

Toni Kukoc makes this list for his steady play and role in the Bulls second three-peat. While not a consistent starter, Kukoc was instrumental in his off-the-bench spark role. A point forward, Kukoc was able to hit jump shots and threes consistently, make plays for his teammates, and be serviceable on defense. In the modern NBA, Kukoc would be dominant – he was a truly special addition to those Chicago Bulls teams.

#11 Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler plays with so much heart and was key to the gritty Chicago Bulls teams of the early 2010s. A former second-round pick with a chip on his shoulder, Jimmy was a great all-around player. His sturdy, tall frame and work ethic allowed him to become a great All-Defense caliber level. On offense, he has steadily improved and at one point became the leader of the post-Derrick Rose Bulls.

#10 Artis Gilmore

Artis Gilmore was one tough cookie. At 7’2’’ 240 lbs., Gilmore was a lengthy monster in the post blocking everything in his shot. In the 70s and early 80s, there weren’t many guys his size, giving Gilmore many opportunities to decimate his opponents. For the Bulls, he was a near double-double threat with 20+ points and 9+ rebounds per game. Gilmore was an elite post presence during his era.

#9 Reggie Theus

Reggie Theus started his great career with the Chicago Bulls. A combo-guard, Theus could do it all. He racked up nearly 6 assists per game while scoring 20 points and shooting 46% from the field. On defense, Theus was just as good averaging nearly 1.3 steals throughout his career. There wasn’t anything Theus couldn’t do on the court which is what made him so valuable for the early 80’s Bulls.

#8 Horace Grant

Horace Grant was a key contributor to the Bull’s first three-peat between 91’-93’. Nicknamed “The General”, Grant was a stout interior defensive presence. While he didn’t collect a lot of blocks, what made him special was his elite footwork which allowed him to stay in front of his defenders. Overall, Grant was a huge piece in the Bulls championship puzzle.

#7 Norm Van Lier

Nicknamed “The Storm”, Norm Van Lier was such a great player for the Bulls in the 70s. Playing the point guard position, Van Lier was a true floor general. Averaging over 7 assists per game his entire career, Van Lier was one of the most gifted passers of his era, helping the likes of Sloan and Walker get easy shots and the offense flow efficiently.

#6 Chet Walker

7-time All-Star Chet Walker was a star for the Bulls in the early 70s. Playing the shooting guard position, Walker simply dominated, averaging nearly 20 points every single one of his seasons. Chet and Sloan were the undisputed stars of this new franchise and led the team to early playoff success. While Chet never earned a championship, Chet’s status as a Bulls legend should not be diminished.

#5 Jerry Sloan

Jerry Sloan was the original Chicago Bull. Drafted first in the Bulls expansion draft, Sloan proved to be a valuable contributor and leader of the franchise. Averaging roughly 16 points per game, Sloan knew how to get to the basket and score with ease. His basketball IQ was high for his time and is credited for innovating the style of play during his era. His leadership translated into a very successful coaching career.

#4 Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman brought the swagger to the 90s-era Bulls. Known for his bachelor lifestyle off-the-court, Rodman was a bigger than life personality constantly bringing charisma and energy to the court. Arguably the best rebounder in history, Rodman made it his goal to outrebound everyone on the court. His interior defense was also legendary. Rodman was the perfect complement to Jordan and Pippen.

#3 Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose will always be a Chicago Bull legend. A hometown legend, Derrick Rose triumphed over humble beginnings to become the number one draft pick in 2008. He impressed in his third season, winning the 2010-2011 MVP award and becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history. After a few playoff appearances and game-winners, injuries took a toll on the star. Sadly, this halted his seemingly historic career. Without injuries, Rose may have finished his career number one on this list.

#2 Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen was Jordan’s side-kick for the 90s Chicago Bulls. However, he wasn’t just a sidekick, he was a star in and of itself. One of the best defenders of all-time, Pippen shut down every team’s best offensive player. Coupled with Jordan’s perimeter defense, guards and forwards faced a nightmare challenge of trying to score the ball.

#1 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is the greatest of all-time. His stats and intangibles are second to none. Jordan instilled a level of fear into opposing players whenever he was on the court. Jordan’s three-peats were some of the greatest moments in NBA history. Jordan could do it all by playing elite defense, shooting at a high percentage, and hitting clutch shots when his team needed it. Of course, Jordan makes the top of this list.

RankNameGPPTS/GREB/GAST/GFG%3PT%STL/GBLK/GAll-Star AppearancesAll-NBANBA ChampionshipsMVPS
1Michael Jordan107230.34.75.3.497.3232.3.8141165
2Scottie Pippen117816.14.65.2.473.3262.0.87760
3Derrick Rose59618.82.65.5.456.304.8.33101
4Dennis Rodman9117.38.41.8.521.231.7.62250
5Jerry Sloan75514.04.82.5.427N/A2.2.22000
6Chet Walker103218.23.82.1.470N/A.7.17010
7Norm Van Lier74611.84.87.0.414N/A1.8.23100
8Horace Grant116511.25.12.2.509.0631.01.01040
9Reggie Theus102618.52.16.3.471.2521.2.22000
10Artis Gilmore132918.88.72.3.582.150.62.411501
11Jimmy Butler57717.03.63.7.454.3331.6.55200
12Toni Kukoc84611.63.03.7.447.3351.0.30030
13Bob boozer87414.8N/A1.4.462N/AN/AN/A1010
14Luol Deng90214.84.42.3.456.3321.0.52000
15Joakim Noah6678.85.92.8.491N/A.8.321400
16Ben Gordon74414.92.02.5.432.401.7.20000
17Bill Cartwright96313.24.51.4.525.000.5.71030
18John Paxson7727.21.03.6.499.355.7.10030
19Charles Oaxley12829.76.52.5.471.2531.1.31000
20Kirk Hinrich87910.92.64.8.411.3751.1.30000
21Guy Rodgers89211.74.37.8.378N/AN/AN/A4000
22Tom Boerwinkle6357.29.03.2.453N/AN/AN/A0000
23Elton Brand105815.98.52.1.500.095.91.72100
24Pau Gasol122617.09.23.2.507.368.51.66420
25Zach LaVine35317.73.64.6.447.3751.0.30000
26Steve Kerr9106.01.21.8.479.454.5.10050
27Carlos Boozer86116.29.52.2.521.071.9.42100
28Ron Harper100913.84.33.9.446.2891.7.75000
29Orlando Woolridge85116.04.31.9.513.091.6.70000
30Mickey Johnson90414.17.24.0.449.1651.1.70000
31Taj Gibson7999.56.31.0.515.220.610000
32Jamal Crawford132614.62.23.4.410.348.9.20000
33Eddie Curry52712.95.2.5.5451.00.3.70000
34Clem Haskins68112.83.13.5.449N/AN/AN/A0000
35Jalen Rose92314.33.53.8.443.355.8.30000
36Luc Longley5677.24.91.5.462.000.51.03000
37Metta World Peace99113.24.52.7.414.3391.7.51110
38Dwayne Wade105422.04.75.4.480.2931.5.813830
39Lauri Markkanen17016.17.61.3.430.356.7.60000
40Tyson Chandler11608.29.0.8.597.000.51.21110
41Dave Greenwood82310.27.92.0.477.138.7.90010
42Nate Robinson61811.02.33.0.423.360.9.10000
43Nikola Mirotic31912.35.91.3.423.359.8.70000
44Ben Wallace10885.79.61.3.474.1371.32.04510
45Fred Hoiberg5415.42.71.6.431.396.8.10000
46Wilbur Holland27613.63.13.3.452N/AN/AN/A0000
47Otto Porter Jr.41311.93.41.8.482.4041.2.40000
48Brad Miller86811.27.12.8.480.330.7.72000
49Richard Hamilton92117.13.13.4.449.346.8.13010
50Wendell Carter8710.88.21.5.508.197.71.10000
  
Miles Jasper is an incoming law student studying employment and labor law. Miles’ passions lie within the salary cap, collective bargaining, and labor relations between leagues and their players. He also likes to analyze college prospects and participate in fantasy sports. In his free time, Miles is an avid runner who also enjoys poker, cooking, and watching movies.

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