In your opinion, who would the top reserve/bench player in the history of the Chicago Bulls franchise be? What about Bill Wennington?
The ups and downs of the Chicago Bulls franchise did come to a peak in the 1990’s. There was no better time to be a Bulls fan, or maybe a fan of any NBA team in the last 40 years, than during the dynasty years in Chicago in the 1990’s. The Bulls won six titles throughout the 1990’s, and might’ve won more if not for a few retirements from legendary shooting guard Michael Jordan.
But an interesting question was brought about in “Chuck’s Daily Check In” on Sep. 7. Bulls team writer Chuck Swirsky asked the question to cap Labor Day Weekend of “Who is the best reserve player in Bulls franchise history?”. He likely jokingly brought up the answer of the former Bulls backup big man Bill Wennington as the answer to that question.
More than likely, the best reserve player in franchise history will be an award that belongs to someone like big man Taj Gibson or point guard Nate Robinson in the modern age of the Bulls. Back in the day, it could be forward Toni Kukoc, Steve Kerr, point guard BJ Armstrong, etc.
It all depends on the year for who you would tab as a reserve player. But this question likely pertains to someone that would be mostly a role player coming off the bench over the course of multiple years with this Bulls organization.
As far as Wennington goes, he played for the Bulls for six season. In those six seasons playing in the Windy City, Wennington averaged 5.1 points per game, 2.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.2 blocks. He played in just over 350 career regular season games with the Bulls, but only started in 51 of them.
Who do you think is the best Bulls role player in franchise history?
That could be a difficult question, depending on the year. But it definitely gets the brain going to scour the best of role players throughout franchise history.
In the modern day, the Bulls have solid role players in the mix like combo guard Shaquille Harrison, point guard Kris Dunn, and big man Daniel Gafford. But with the bad spot the Bulls are in heading into the fourth year of the rebuild, the reserve players don’t tend to be of the best quality compared to the rest of the NBA’s contenders.