The Chicago Bulls rank third amongst NBA Franchises in championships with six. Despite their storied history, only 4 jerseys have been raised to the rafters in retirement: Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, Scottie Pippen, and of course, Michael Jordan.
For those unfamiliar, here’s the resume of the above players.
- 2x NBA All-Star
- 4x NBA All-Defensive First Team
- 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- 3rd in games played for the Bulls
- 4th in rebounds for the Bulls
- 5th in points for the Bulls
- 9th in Win Shares for the Bulls
- 3x NBA All-Star
- 2x NBA All-Second Team
- 3x NBA All-Defensive Team
- 8th in games played for the Bulls
- 10th in rebounds for the Bulls
- 3rd in points for the Bulls
- 8th in Win Shares for the Bulls
I’m assuming if you’re on a Chicago Bulls website you’re familiar with Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan so I’ll skip their resumes.
There seems to be three routes to having ones jersey retired in Chicago:
- Be the G.O.A.T.
- Be a main catalyst to a championship team(s)
- Be a leader and face of the franchise while embodying the spirit and ideology of the team
There’s only one Jordan and since the 90’s dynasty no championships have been won by the Bulls. The third category however is where we may potentially see a player earn the honor of having his jersey retired.
That jersey could be the #13, worn by current Chicago Bull Joakim Noah. Let’s take a quick look at Joakim’s career so far:
- 2x NBA All-Star
- 1x All-NBA First Team
- 1x NBA Defensive Player of the Year
- 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team
- 1x NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- 7th in rebounds for the Bulls
- 4th in blocks for the Bulls
- 7th in win shares
Noah’s accomplishments are already beginning to rival those of Sloan and Love. By the time Noah’s contract expires in two years it’s reasonable to project that he will rank top-10 in rebounds, blocks, assists, steals, and win-shares for the Bulls. His rankings statistically alone would make him a viable candidate, but like Sloan and Love, Joakim Noah has been the heart and soul of this current Chicago Bulls era.
Noah has the signature moment, 2009’s steal and dunk on Paul Pierce, and signature game, 2013’s game 7 against Brooklyn.
Let’s hope he continues building his resume and solidifies his application with a championship in the very near future.