Chicago Bulls: 15 best scorers in franchise history

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Small forward. 1981-86. Orlando Woolridge. 7. player. 24.

Orlando Woolridge had a very unique style of play way back in the 1980s as one of the most gifted athletic specimens the game had seen up to that point.

Given his physical traits, it was hard to stop him when he got the ball close to the basket. He stood at 6-foot-9, yet played more like a power forward, flashing a low post game with the ability to operate out of the elbow.

He could simply back down his opponents or face up and blow by them, finishing at the rack and gaining looks at the line.

Then there was his leaping ability, one of the most underrated in league history and the biggest contributor to his skills as a scorer.

Woolridge could jump out of the gym and was always a presence on the break, a bad combination for defenses everywhere. It didn’t matter what the circumstances were. Chances are that when he got the ball with a full head of steam, he was going to throw it down. Nobody stood a chance who stood in his way.

Over the course of five seasons with the Bulls, Woolridge averaged 17.4 points per game, highlighted by the final two years in which he topped the 20-point threshold.

Clearly one of the first in a long line of small-ball power forwards, Woolridge was box office for the aerial show he starred in for the Bulls. He was never a high-volume scorer, but no one could deny the excitement he brought to the game.