Chicago Bulls: Selecting an all-time second unit

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Bulls all-time second unit: Joakim Noah

You could make a reasonable argument that Joakim Noah deserves to be on the Bulls all-time first team instead of the second team, but Artis “The A-Train” Gilmore was just too good. In seven seasons with the Bulls, Gilmore put up 19.3 points per game on 58.7 percent shooting from the field to go along with 11.1 boards and 2.1 blocks. He was named to four All-Star teams in those seven seasons.

There’s no one better suited to represent the Bulls’ second unit at the center position than Noah, though. He’s a clear choice for this spot.

Thanks to otherwordly passion and grit, Noah will go down as one of the most fun Bulls of all time. Whenever he was on the court, he never gave anything short of his all. Had Derrick Rose stayed healthy, those Rose-Noah Bulls might’ve even added a Larry O’Brien Trophy or two to the Bulls’ franchise resume.

Noah was a dominant defender, an underrated playmaker and the ultimate competitor. He was even fourth in MVP voting in 2013-14 despite averaging only 12.6 points per game. That’s how dominant he was in every other facet of basketball.