Publish Date: 03/31/2022
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Rodman was selected to his seventh All-Defensive First Team after the Bulls’ historic 72-win season and was a top-three rebounder each season, leading the league in his third year. Rodman’s madman defense and rebounding were key to fueling the second run of 3 straight titles in Chicago.
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Grant eventually was Charles Oakley’s replacement, he was more athletic than Oakley and gave the Bulls another offensive weapon. He was also a very good defender.
Theus’ size and playing style allowed him to play multiple positions. He was a guard that could also man the small forward position. His career was only 7 years with the Bulls and it ended mysteriously, but Theus was a damn good basketball player.
Gilmore was an elite defender and his stat-line as a Bull was spectacular 60.3% FG, 20.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG.
Walker spent his final six years in Chicago and never averaged anything less than 19 points and five rebounds. Walker’s best years were spent in Philadelphia, but he was a great player for the Bulls and the Bulls made the playoffs every year Walker was on the team.
Van Lier teamed up in the backcourt with Jerry Sloan to led the Bulls to two Western Conference Finals in the mid-70s. That Bulls team was probably the greatest Bulls team after the Jordan/Pippen-led Bulls of the 90s. Check out all of the best bookmakers!
Sloan was the first Bull to ever have his jersey retired. He was a great defender and a solid scorer, but his ability to rebound like a forward has a lot to do with him being this high on this list.
Love led the Bulls to consecutive Western Conference Finals appearances in 1974 and 1975, in which they were swept by the Milwaukee Bucks and lost in Game 7 to the Golden State Warriors, I could actually make a case for Love ahead of Pippen.
Pippen could do it all, Seven All-Star teams, eight All-Defensive First Team selections, three All-NBA First Teams, and six NBA championships later and he is second to only one.
No question on this one is there? This is Jordan’s average stat line for his Bulls career 31.5 PPG, 5.4 APG, 6.3 RPG! Not too bad! He was an elite scorer and an elite defender, he took a poor Bulls roster in 1985 and 1986 and led them to the playoffs. Jordan actually was injred most of the 86 season and the Bulls made the playoffs with a 30-52 record. Jordan showed his greatness in those playoffs as the Bulls lost in 3 straight to the eventual Champion Celtics. In-game one Jordan scored 49 in a loss and in game 2 he scored 63 and almost single-handily upset the Celtics before losing in double-overtime.