2. Joe Kleine, Center
I mentioned one inefficient year from the Bulls former 6-foot-11 and 255 pound center Joe Kleine already ahead of the premier of the ultra-hyped ESPN 10-part documentary series called “The Last Dance”. With The Last Dance set to premier on April 19, we could all get a look at the brief stint that Kleine had in the Windy City.
The former first round pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 1985 NBA Draft played in just under 1,000 regular season games during his NBA career. Most of his NBA career would be spent with the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and the Kings. He spent bits and pieces of at least four seasons with each of those three teams.
In the one season that Kleine played with the Bulls, he competed in 46 games (starting in just one of them). He also didn’t get to appear in one game during the Bulls 1998 playoff run. Yet, in those 46 regular season games that Kleine played in he averaged 2.0 points per game, 1.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 0.1 blocks, while shooting 36.8 percent from the field.
All in all, Kleine just had a rough go at it during his one season with the Bulls. That did come near the end of his NBA career. He would only get to play in bits and pieces of two more seasons in the league prior to his retirement. Kleine played with the Suns in a second stint and with the Portland Trail Blazers before officially retiring.