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The Best Chicago Bulls To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote up the best Chicago Bulls players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These Chicago Bulls players have all had their numbers retired. After making a big impact while playing for the team, players such as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had their jerseys retired. But not every player in the NBA gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Chicago Bulls players? This list is only for Chicago Bulls players with retired jerseys. Coaches and managers have had their numbers retired as well but we're here to determine the best Chicago Bulls players that have had their number retired for all time.

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their numbers honored. The Chicago Bulls players that have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame are noted below. Vote up the Chicago Bulls players with retired numbers that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls To Have Their Numbers Retired
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1 26 VOTES

Number: 23

Years with franchise: 1984–1993, 1995–1998

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. After a three-season performance at the University of North Carolina, where he was a member of the ...more on Wikipedia

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Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls To Have Their Numbers Retired
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2 16 VOTES

Number: 33

Years with franchise: 1987–1998, 2003–2004

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Scottie Maurice Pippen is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed "Pip", he is most remembered for his time with the Chicago Bulls, with whom he was instrumental in six NBA titles and their record 1995–96 season of 72 wins. Pippen, along with Michael Jordan, played an important role in transforming the Bulls team into a vehicle for popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1990s. Considered one of the best small forwards of all time, Pippen was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight consecutive times and the All-NBA First Team three times. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and was the NBA All-Star Game MVP ...more on Wikipedia

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Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls To Have Their Numbers Retired
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3 15 VOTES

Number: 4

Years with franchise: 1966–1976

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Gerald Eugene "Jerry" Sloan is an American former National Basketball Association player and head coach, and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Former NBA commissioner David Stern called Sloan "one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history." Sloan had a career regular-season win–loss record of 1,221–803, placing him third all-time in NBA wins at the time he retired. Sloan was only the fifth coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 victories and is one of three coaches in NBA history to record 1,000 wins with one club. He also coached for one team longer than anyone in NBA history. The 2009–10 season was his 22nd season as coach of the Jazz. Sloan coached the Jazz to 15 ...more on Wikipedia

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Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls To Have Their Numbers Retired
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4 11 VOTES

Number: 10

Years with franchise: 1968–1976

Robert Earl "Butterbean" Love (born December 8, 1942) is an American retired professional basketball player who spent the prime of his career with the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls. A versatile forward who could shoot with either his left or right hand, Love now works as the Bulls' Director of Community Affairs. ...more on Wikipedia

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