The Chicago Bulls are one of the biggest franchises in the world, not just in basketball but in sports in general. Certainly they weren’t a successful team in this century, but the 1990s was a golden era and Michael Jordan made the franchise one of the most well-known and respected in history.
This team has been through ups and downs, they’ve had memorable moments, but they’ve also had terrible moments. There are several facts, statistics and curiosities that can be very interesting. Without further ado, let’s look at 10 things from Chicago Bulls history NBA Fans should know.
10/10 One of three teams with a Dreipeat
Only three teams in NBA history have achieved a three-peat, meaning three consecutive championship wins. We’re talking about the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls won two three-peats in a decade, separated by Michael Jordan’s first NBA retirement.
Some believe that if MJ hadn’t retired, the Bulls would have won eight straight titles, which doesn’t sound far-fetched. It looks like it will be many years before a team wins three consecutive titles as not even the mighty Golden State Warriors have managed to do so.
9/10 Michael Jordan & Derrick Rose are their only MVP winners
In Chicago Bulls history, only two players have been named MVPs, Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose. “His Airness” won the MVP award five times (1987-88, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96 and 1997-98).
For his part, Derrick Rose was named MVP for the 2010-11 season when he averaged 25.0 points, 7.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game with a 6.7 value over replacement player. Artis Gilmore and Chet Walker also had great seasons, but they failed to take the honors.
8/10 Benny the bull
The team’s mascot is Benny The Bull, who happens to be one of the NBA’s most controversial mascots. If you look at Benny’s horns, you’ll notice that they have a red spot on the tip that represents blood. Maybe you can justify it with the wild and competitive spirit of the franchise, but you have to admit that it’s not pretty to imagine Benny murdering a human or something.
Another strange fact about Benny The Bull is that he showed a rebellious and disrespectful attitude during some matches and even got kicked off on one occasion.
7/10 168 points in one game
The game with the most points in franchise history took place on March 1, 2019. They scored 168 points that night against the Atlanta Hawks, who scored 161. Yes, this game was insane as it took four overtimes for either side to win.
Zach LaVine recorded 47 points while Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen each had 31. Trae Young put in a clinic for the Hawks with 49 points, 16 assists and 8 rebounds.
6/10 11 NBA Hall of Fame
Throughout its history, the Chicago Bulls have had 11 NBA Hall of Famers. They are Ben Wallace, Chet Walker, Artis Gilmore, Guy Rodgers, Nate Thurmond, George Gervin, Robert Parish, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan.
The final five played together in the 1996-97 season and apparently became NBA champions. Who will be the next NBA Hall of Famer for the Bulls? Honestly, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be one any time soon.
5/10 Magic Johnson was almost a cop
The first overall pick of the 1979 NBA draft was decided by the toss of a coin. The downside of the coin favored the Los Angeles Lakers, who eventually chose Magic Johnson.
However, in a parallel universe, the coin flipped and gave the Chicago Bulls first overall pick and hence Johnson became the franchise player and Michael Jordan ended up on a different team. It’s incredible how one coin can change the history of basketball.
4/10 Worst draft picks
Eventually, instead of Magic Johnson, the Chicago Bulls chose Dave Greenwood, who wasn’t a bad player but definitely didn’t live up to expectations. Jay Williams was also one of the Bulls’ worst picks as he would become a great player and his career ended after his freshman season due to a motorcycle accident.
Scott May was probably the worst pick in franchise history, being the second pick overall in the 1976 draft and in five years with the team had a Player Efficiency Rating of 13.9 and a Value Over Replacement Player of 1, 6 scored.
3/10 favorite victim
The Chicago Bulls have won against 19 of the NBA’s 29 teams, including the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks and their longtime rivals, the Detroit Pistons.
But the team they’ve been most dominant against is the Charlotte Hornets, having recorded 77 wins and 45 losses against them in the regular season for an exceptional .631 win ratio. The Chicago Bulls are a nightmare for the Charlotte Hornets.
2/10 The cops nightmare
Speaking of nightmares, the Chicago Bulls also have their own nightmare, the San Antonio Spurs. They have met 95 times, Chicago has won 36 times while San Antonio has been victorious in 59 games for a terrible .379 odds.
However, in the Michael Jordan era, the Bulls had a 14-10 record against the Spurs. The Bulls also haven’t fared well against the Los Angeles Lakers (65-94), the Denver Nuggets (42-56), or the Philadelphia 76ers (106-132).
1/10 One of the most valuable sports teams in the world
According to Forbes, the Chicago Bulls is the 38th most valuable franchise in the world at $3.65 billion. That’s a ridiculous amount considering Jerry Reinsdorf bought the team in 1985 for $16.5 million.
This franchise has a rich history, dominating the NBA for nearly a decade and being home to one of the greatest athletes of all time, and all of that is factored into determining its value.