Chicago Bulls: Selecting an all-time second unit

Jerry Sloan, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls have had a number of incredible players over the course of the franchise’s existence. Let’s build an all-time second unit.

It’s relatively easy to determine most of who makes up the Chicago Bulls’ all-time starting five.

Michael Jordan is obviously the shooting guard and Scottie Pippen is obviously the small forward. No questions asked. Derrick Rose, the youngest MVP in NBA history, is the point guard. Artis Gilmore, one of the most dominant big men in the ’70s is the center. And Bob Love, who has his jersey hanging in the United Center rafters, is the power forward.

Determining who makes up the second unit is where things get murky. There are a lot of deserving candidates, but we’re going to make some final selections in this article. Let’s start with the shooting guard position.

Bulls all-time second unit: Jerry Sloan

Thanks to Michael Jordan, no other Bulls shooting guard will ever be on the all-time first team for the franchise. But how can a guy dubbed “The Original Bull” be placed any lower than the all-time second team?

Jerry Sloan earned that nickname. He was literally the original Bull, putting up over 17 points and nine boards per game in the franchise’s first-ever season in 1966-67.

Over his 10 seasons with the Bulls, Sloan was a 2x All-Star, 6x All-Defensive Team member, and he’s now a Hall of Famer. Not only was he an incredible player, but he was also a fantastic coach.

Sloan passed away on May 22, 2020, but will live on forever in the hearts and memories of NBA fans.