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The Chicago Bulls franchise is a professional American basketball team that is based in Chicago, Illinois. The team currently plays in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference as a part of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Bulls, one of a number of professional teams affiliated with the city of Chicago, have played their home games at the United Center since 1994. Previously, they played at Chicago Stadium.

The Bulls were first founded in January of 1966. The first season that the franchise contested was the 1966/67 NBA season. The team did not enjoy any significant success in its first decades as a franchise. A 1975 divisional title is the only mentionable accomplishment before the 1990s. Yet, in the 1990s, the Chicago Bulls were a major part of a global boom in NBA basketball.

During this era, the Chicago Bulls won six NBA titles (two three-peats). Michael Jordan, often mentioned as the best basketball player ever, led the team to these six titles with a supporting cast that included Scottie Pippen on each of the championship teams. During this time, Phil Jackson was the head coach of the Bulls. The Bulls franchise could be noted for a perfect record in the NBA Finals at 6 series victories to 0 defeats.

In their 1995-96 season, the Bulls won 72 games, which, at the time, was a record high. The Golden State Warriors have since surpassed the record, however, the Warriors did not win the NBA Finals that same season. The Bulls were the first-ever NBA team to win more than 70 games in one single regular season. No other team managed this until the Warriors did it.

Recent decades have not been kind to Chicago. The Bulls haven’t been quite the team they once were. In the early 2000s, they really struggled to make any real impact in the league. However, at the start of the 2010s, they started looking more promising, thanks to players like Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. This period saw them manage a 2010-11 regular-season that included 62 wins. However, the departure of major players plus injury woes prevented the Bulls from capitalizing on their surge.

Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose, former Chicago Bulls' players, both won the award for Most Valuable Player (MVP) while playing for the team. This gives the Bulls's franchise a total of 6 MVP player awards. The team’s main rivals are the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat, and the Detroit Pistons. The rivalry with Detroit was at its greatest during the late eighties and early nineties.

In total, the Chicago Bulls have won nine division titles, six Conference Titles, and six NBA championships. Their 1995/96 team is often on the shortlist of greatest club-level basketball teams ever (ie. "club-level" doesn't include national teams).

Interesting Fact

The Chicago Bulls reached the playoffs in their first season of playing in the NBA. That season, they squeaked into the playoffs with just a .408 winning percentage during the regular season. They went 0-3 in the divisional semifinals en route to a quick exit.

Also, the Chicago Bulls' dynasty in the 1990s saw the club go 6-0 in NBA Finals. However, these six titles were won over an eight-year period. The Bulls had a 2-year hiatus from the finals when Michael Jordan decided to pursue a baseball career, efforts that failed. The championships when he was out of the league for those two years went to the Houston Rockets. Jordan's decision to pursue a baseball career at the height of his basketball career is often considered enigmatic.

Chicago Bulls: Management and Coaching

Owner: Jerry Reinsdorf

President: Michael Reinsdorf

General Manager: Marc Eversley

Head Coach: Billy Donovan

Chicago Bulls 2023 NBA Draft Picks

In very recent seasons, the Chicago Bulls have been disappointing. One impactful event in the team's modern history is the injury to their stellar point guard, Lonzo Ball. Ball suffered an injury during the 2021/22 season. At first reporting, Ball's injury was considered minor. However, he missed the balance of the 2021/22 NBA season following the injury, which is to one of his knees. He also missed the entire 2022/23 NBA season. Chicago's chances of succeeding suffered in kind with just a play-in tournament appearance from the 2022/23 season.

The Bulls were not active in the 2023 NBA Draft. They forfeited a pick for violating free-agency rules. The Bulls did receive one player via trade. The Boston Celtics took Julian Phillips and traded him to the Bulls. However, Chicago made no direct picks themselves.

Current Chicago Bulls Players Under Contract

These are the players that are under contracts as of late June 2023:

  • Zach Lavine
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Lonzo Ball
  • Patrick Williams
  • Alex Caruso
  • Andre Drummond
  • Dalen Terry
  • Carlik Jones
  • Marko Simonovic

Key Chicago Bulls Free Agency Players 2023/24

  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Coby White
  • Andre Drummond
  • Derrick Jones Jr.
  • Javonte Green
  • Ayo Dosunmu
  • Patrick Beverley

Previous Chicago Bulls Draft Selections Since 2000

Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team

2023 NO PICKS

2022 1 18 Dalen Terry SG 19 Arizona

2021 2 38 Ayo Dosunmu PG 21 Illinois

2020 1 4 Patrick Williams G 19 Florida State

2020 2 44 Marko Simonovic C 21 KK Mega Bemax

2019 1 7 Coby White PG 19 North Carolina

2019 2 38 Daniel Gafford C 20 Arkansas

2018 1 7 Wendell Carter Jr PF 19 Duke

2018 1 22 Chandler Hutchison SG 22 Boise State

2017 1 16 Justin Patton C 20 Creighton

2017 2 38 Jordan bell PF 22 Oregon

2016 1 14 Denzel Valentine F 22 Michigan State

2016 2 48 Paul Zipser F 22 FC Bayern Munich U18

2015 1 22 Bobby Portis PF 20 Arkansas

2014 1 16 Jusuf Nurkic FC 19 Cedevita

2014 1 19 Gary Harris SG 19 Michigan State

2014 2 49 Cameron Bairstow F 23 New Mexico

2013 1 20 Tony Snell G 21 New mexico

2013 2 49 Erik Murphy FC 22 Florida

2012 1 29 Marquis Teague PG 19 Kentucky

2011 1 28 Norris Cole G 22 Cleveland State

2011 1 30 Jimmy Butler GF 21 Marquette

2011 2 43 Malcolm Lee G 21 UCLA

2010 1 17 Kevin Seraphin FC 20 Cholet Basket

2009 1 16 James Johnson F 22 Wake Forest

2009 1 26 Taj Gibson F 24 USC

2008 1 1 Derrick Rose PG 19 Memphis

2008 2 39 Sonny Weems SF 21 Arkansas

2007 1 9 Joakim Noah FC 22 Florida

2007 2 49 Aaron Gray C 22 Pittsburgh

2007 2 51 JamesOn Curry G 21 Oklahoma State

2006 1 2 LaMarcus Aldridge FC 20 Texas

2006 1 16 Rodney Carney F 22 Memphis

2004 1 3 Ben Gordon SG 21 Connecticut

2004 2 31 Jackson Vroman FC 23 Iowa State

2004 2 38 Chris Duhon G 21 Duke

2003 1 7 Kirk Hinrich G 22 Kansas

2003 2 36 Mario Austin F 21 Mississippi State

2003 2 45 Matt Bonner FC 23 Florida

2003 2 53 Thomas Smith F 22 Arizona State

2002 1 2 Jay Williams G 20 Duke

2002 2 30 Roger Mason SG 21 Virginia

2002 2 43 Lonny Baxter PF 23 Maryland

2001 1 4 Ed Curry C 18 Thornwood High School

2001 2 29 Trenton Hassell F 22 Austin Peay

2001 2 44 Sean Lamplley FG 21 California

2000 1 4 Marcus Fizer F 21 Iowa State

2000 1 7 Chris Mihm C 20 Texas

2000 1 24 Dalibor Bagaric C 20 KK Dubrava Zagreb

2000 2 32 AJ Guyton PG 22 Indiana

2000 2 33 Jake Voskhul C 22 Connecticut

2000 2 34 Khalid El-Amin G 21 Connecticut

Chicago Bulls Draft Picks FAQs

Will Lonzo Ball play in the 2023/24 NBA season?

Lonzo Ball's playing status remains unclear. There are NBA writers who are discussing the possibility that his career just might be over due to his knee injury. Joseph Salvador, writing at SI.com on May 29th, 2023, headlined "Bulls Believe Lonzo Ball Might Never Play Again Due to Injury, per Report." If Ball does not play again, it would mark an early end to what appeared to be a promising career. From a business point of view, the Bulls would be on the hook for his $20M annual salary for two more seasons but would receive no on-the-court help from him. A fair assessment of the Bulls would see the play-in tournament bound again.

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