Michael Jordan is known as the Greatest of All Time but nobody is perfect.
1. George Gervin
George Gervin was nicknamed "The Iceman" and was a star for the San Antonio Spurs for 12 years. He was best known for his patented finger rolls and scoring prowess. He even led the league in scoring 4 times.
Gervin was then traded to the Chicago Bulls for David Greenwood. He played his final season with Chicago.
Despite being past his prime, Gervin still managed to play in all 82 games and averaged 16.2 points per game.
2. Charles Oakley
Charles was Jordan's best friend and bodyguard when he was with the Bulls. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 9th pick of the 1985 NBA Draft. Oakley was traded by the Cavaliers for Keith Lee, the 11th pick of the draft, and Ennis Whatley.
Oakley gained the nickname "Oak Tree" for being a tough player and for being the enforcer of the Bulls. He was a perpetual double double machine, but with the arrival of Horace Grant, he became expendable.
The Bulls traded Oakley to the rival New York Knicks for Bill Cartwright. The move angered Michael Jordan and this led to some beef between Jordan and the Bulls management.
3. Artis Gilmore
Artis Gilmore was a star for the Kentucky Colonels in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for 5 seasons, and he averaged more than 20 points and 15 rebounds in his stint. When the ABA merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA, Gilmore was picked first by Chicago in the special 1976 ABA dispersal draft.
He played six seasons with the Bulls and was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Dave Corzine and Mark Olberding. In San Antonio, he formed a deadly duo with George Gervin.
Artis was back in a Bulls uniform in the 1987-1988 season, where he averaged 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in a limited role. He would then be cut and be picked up by the Boston Celtics.
4. Craig Hodges
Craig Hodges was one of the elite shooters in his era and was a regular in the Three-Point Contest; he participated in the event from 1986 to 1993. He won thrice (1990, 1991, and 1992).
Hodges was a part of the first Chicago Bulls three-peat and was good for spacing the floor because of his range. For his career, he averaged 8.5 points per game and 40% from the three-point line.
Unfortunately, due to his political activism, he was blackballed by the league and never suited up after the Bulls' first three-peat.
5. Bill Cartwright
There was a time when Bill Cartwright was a 20-point and 10-rebound player for the New York Knicks. He played eight seasons for the team before being traded for Charles Oakley.
This was viewed by Jerry Krause as a brilliant move as the Bulls needed a center, and Charles Oakley was now expendable due to the rise of Horace Grant.
The move angered Jordan as Oakley was his best friend on the team. This led to Jordan mistreating Cartwright by bashing him publicly and telling teammates to not pass the ball to him in clutch situations.
Cartwright confronted Jordan and threatened him, "If I ever hear again that you're telling guys not to pass me the ball, you will never play basketball again."
Jordan learned to accept Cartwright as a valuable contributor to the Bulls' success.
6. John Salley
John Salley was best known as part of the "Bad Boy" Pistons for six seasons; he won two championships with them. Salley was a big man who could easily get you points, rebounds, and blocks off the bench.
After his stint with the Pistons, he played with the Heat and Raptors before ending up with Chicago. He played 17 regular-season games with the Bulls and was part of their historic 72-10 run.
He was reunited with former Pistons teammate Dennis Rodman.
7. Robert Parish
Robert Parish was another former Jordan adversary that joined the Bulls for one final chance at glory. Parish originally played for the Golden State Warriors but became part of the legendary Bird, Parish, and McHale front court through one of the most lopsided trades in league history. The Celtics sent the 1st and 13th pick in the draft for the number 3 pick in the draft as well as Parish. The deal worked well for the Celtics as they used the 3rd pick to draft Kevin McHale.
Parish was an easy 20-point and 10-rebound guy and was nicknamed "The Chief." After toiling for 14 seasons with the Celtics, he left as a free agent and signed with the Charlotte Hornets. He played there for two seasons.
Afterwards, he became a free agent again and concluded his storied career by signing with the Chicago Bulls. It was there that he won his fourth championship.
8. James Edwards
James Edwards was a journeyman who had an excellent low post game and could always be relied upon to score inside. He played with the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trailblazers and Chicago Bulls.
Edwards won his third championship with the 1995-96 Bulls and ended his career there. For his career, he averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.
He is best remembered for his stint with the "Bad Boy" Pistons.
9. Bison Dele
Bison Dele was formerly known as Brian Williams. He was a standout at Arizona and was picked 10th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1991 NBA Draft. While Brian was a solid contributor, he was not spectacular in his first few seasons.
He found his stride with the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged more than 15 points a game. Dele tried to hold out for more money, so he sat out of the 1996–97 season. He signed with the Chicago Bulls towards the end of the season and won a championship with them.
After his brief stint with Chicago, he signed a lucrative deal with the Detroit Pistons, but he walked out after two seasons.
Dele wanted to travel the world. He was with his girlfriend, Serena Karlan, aboard the Hakuna Matata when his jealous brother, Miles Dabord, murdered them in order to steal Dele's money.
Today, Dele is more known for the circumstances behind his passing than his NBA career.
10. Randy Brown
Randy Brown may not be a household name like Scottie Pippen or Steve Kerr, but he was a solid defensive player off the bench.
Brown could be counted on to make one or two steals in a game against the league's best ballhandlers. For his career, he averaged 4.8 points per game, 2.2 assists per game, and 1.1 steals per game.
He was later hired by the Bulls in 2009 to serve in their front office.
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