4. Kirk Hinrich (2014-15)
It pains me to put Captain Kirk Hinrich on this list, it truly does. After so many years of dependable service for Chicago, I wouldn’t blame fans for believing Hinrich is the type of player to be enshrined in Bulls history forever. That being said, the player he used to be was no more in the 2014-15 season, as the franchise legend submitted a particularly putrid outing that year.
Hinrich averaged just 5.7 points and 2.2 assists that season, when he posted a -3.8 OBPM and the Bulls proved to be statistically better with him off the court than on it. For that reason alone, I can’t say I’m surprised that this would be the penultimate season of Hinrich’s career. Now please, excuse me while I go wipe my tears with my No. 12 jersey.
Kirk Hinrich and Rip Hamilton enjoyed legendary careers, but ultimately floundered at the end with the Bulls.
3. Rip Hamilton (2012-13)
Of all the shooting guard signings the Bulls made over the years to complete their starting lineup, there was none I believed in as much as Richard Hamilton. With three All-Star selections and a championship ring under his belt, I was confident Rip could come in and be the guy to support Rose, Noah, Luol Deng, and Carlos Boozer on their war path to the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately, injuries would batter Hamilton in both seasons he spent in Chicago, leading to a steep drop-off in his performance. Things got particularly harsh in 2012-13, when the Bulls felt like a lost cause while Rose recovered from his ACL injury. Rip averaged just 9.8 points on 30.8% shooting from deep this season, and ultimately decided to retire after posting the worst BPM and net rating of his entire 14-year career.