5 Greatest Chicago Bulls to Ever Play In NBA All-Star Game
The Chicago Bulls' Greatest All-Stars
The Chicago Bulls franchise has been through it all. Since the Bulls joined the NBA in 1966, the team has finished 23 seasons with a winning record, reached the playoff 32 times and won six NBA titles.
They enjoyed the highest of highs as they won six titles in eight years in the mid-90s. Chicago went 72-10 in 1995-96 and 69-13 in 1996-97. The 72-win season is an NBA record. They have also experienced the lowest of lows. They have missed the playoffs 24 times. From the start of the 1998-99 season to the end of the 2001-02 season, Chicago went just 66-230. They have finished with fewer than 30 wins nine times.
Through the teams 47 years of existence, the Bulls have accumulated 47 All-Star selections. Some players have only been named once, while others may have been regulars. Unfortunately, this list is only about the players, so as a disclaimer, Phil Jackson is not included despite having coached in many All-Star games. It also only includes players that made All-Star teams while with the Bulls. Therefore, Dennis Rodman is not on this list as he was somehow not named to the All-Star team in any of his three seasons in Chicago.
The contributing factors to the order of this list were the number of All-Star selections, team performance and the player’s performance while with the team.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
5. Joakim Noah
In the Bulls' 2013-14 season, the teams 48th, Joakim Noah will become the 48th All-Star selection for Chicago. This marks his second appearance in the NBA’s annual All-Star game. Noah also made the team last season. He has never been known as a big-time offensive player. He has, however, become one of the NBA’s best centers. Noah is a high-energy player who is extremely smart, and is one of the best defensive players in the league. He is also carrying the Bulls to another playoff berth this season despite a depleted roster.
4. Artis Gilmore
Artis Gilmore was one of the best centers during the ‘70s and ‘80s. He started his career in the ABA before landing with the Bulls in 1976. In six seasons with the Bulls, Gilmore averaged 20.0 points per game, 11.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. His field goal percentage never dipped below 52.2 percent. The A-Train, as he was nicknamed, made four straight All-Star appearances from 1977-78 to 1981-82.
3. Derrick Rose
In his first two seasons, Rose led Chicago to back-to-back 41 win seasons and the playoffs. He made his first All-Star appearance in the 2009-10 season. In just his third year, the team won 62 games and advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals after hiring Tom Thibodeau as their new coach. Rose went on to be named the MVP that season.
2. Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen did not really have a position on the court -- he could simply play them all, and was very good at everything he did. He was a seven-time All-Star selection, six-time champion, an Olympic gold medalist, and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. Pippen was the second-best player on one of the professional sport’s best dynasties. He was even an MVP candidate in 1993-94 as he led the Bulls to 57 wins.
1. Michael Jordan
Everyone knows Michael Jordan’s accolades: six-time champion, six-time Finals MVP, four-time regular-season MVP, one-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and the list goes on. He made the All-Star team 12 times with Chicago. He is not only the Bulls' greatest All-Star, but he is the greatest All-Star of any team because he is the best player ever.