The Most Embarrassing Players in Chicago Bulls' Past 20 Years
Over the last 20 years, the Chicago Bulls have been blessed with some incredibly bad talent, predominantly after the Michael Jordan era.
The early-to-mid 2000s were a period of darkness for the Windy City, often finishing at the bottom of the league's standings and being excruciatingly subpar. The likes of Marcus Fizer, Eddy Curry and many others put the Bulls to shame for longer than fans would have wanted, so it's only right they're called out for it.
So, what makes a player embarrassing?
Not living up to expectations will play a role, as well as players that performed poorly while maintaining a prominent role. More importantly, though, it will be players that make even the most casual of fans go: "I can't believe he's on my team."
Will some of your favorite Bulls embarrassments make the list?
Chicago drafted Dalibor Bagaric in 2000 after the success he had overseas.
The year prior to being drafted, Bagaric averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds, making him a pretty solid pick at No. 24. Unfortunately for the Bulls, Bagaric never panned out, averaging just over two points and two rebounds in his three-year career.
The big man went back to Europe to continue playing for several clubs, never to be heard from again in the NBA.
The Bulls weren't very lucky with international centers, having two more on the team that same season. Don't be surprised if at least one more shows up before this list is concluded.
Marcus Fizer was the fourth overall pick in a very forgettable 2000 draft. While that may not be his fault, he never lived up to his draft position.
Fizer never became a full-time starter for Chicago, and in his best year, he averaged 12.3 points. He missed 44 games in 2002-03 due to an ACL injury and missed 36 games the following year.
After the Bulls traded Elton Brand, Fizer was one of the big men on the team expected to step up but was never able to make a big impact.
Bulls fans usually mention Fizer when talking about the dark ages, and I don't think many would take his side.
Originally drafted in 1995, Dragan Tarlac didn't suit up for the Bulls until the 2000-01 season.
He played the same year as the previously mentioned Bagaric and was just as bad. In his one-year NBA career, Tarlac averaged a whopping 2.4 points per game in 14 minutes.
Tarlac was most definitely not worth the five-year wait. While the Bulls weren't expecting greatness from him, I'm sure they would have liked a little bit more from him.
After his unsuccessful year in the NBA, Tarlac returned to Europe and played for Spain and Russia.
Michael Sweetney came to Chicago as part of the Eddy Curry trade, and he wasn't any better.
During his two-year stint with the Bulls, Sweetney played in just 114 games and averaged just six points and four rebounds.
One of Sweetney's biggest issues was his weight. He constantly battled weight problems, even putting his career in danger at one point.
After two years in Chicago, Sweetney was out of the league for two years until the Boston Celtics signed him to their summer league team, ultimately waiving him. They signed him again in December of 2011 only to cut him from the team that same month.
Sweetney did next to nothing during his time with the Bulls and struggled to stay on the court for a majority of his career.
After two years with the Charlotte Hornets, former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause decided to spend some money on Eddie Robinson, signing him to a five-year, $32 million contract.
While there was no denying Robinson's athletic ability, he'd done little to prove he was a mainstay in the NBA. Three underwhelming years and 102 missed games later, the Bulls bought out E-Rob's contract, essentially making him disappear from the league.
After his stint with the Bulls, Robinson tried the D-League, playing with three different teams in a six-year span. He even played in the Canadian league for the Halifax Rainmen.
Needless to say, E-Rob is one player who no one wishes played for them.
Robinson never averaged more than nine points in an NBA season.
The man, the myth, the legend. It's the White Mamba.
Brian Scalabrine was signed in 2010, mainly due to his familiarity with then rookie head coach Tom Thibodeau. Scalabrine wasn't expected to have any sort of impact, but his presence on the team—and mostly on the court—was purely for novelty's sake.
Fans loved cheering Scal's name at the end of games, and Bulls commentator Stacey King made a lot of his moments on the court memorable. Some people even argue he may be the greatest Bull ever—but not really.
There's no denying Scalabrine was a pretty embarrassing player, but he was also contributed to some pretty hysterical moments by simply stepping on the court.
That has to count for something, right?
To say Eddy Curry was a disappointment is an understatement. As the fourth overall pick in 2001, Curry was expected to be a franchise player for Chicago.
Curry led the league in field-goal percentage his sophomore season, and his offense wasn't that bad as he continued to develop. His biggest issue was his inability to rebound the ball.
In a 2003 interview with then coach Scott Skiles, when he was asked how Curry could become a better rebounder, Skiles replied, "Jump." Listed at seven feet tall, Curry averaged under five rebounds per game during his four-year stint with the Bulls.
Along with his rebounding problems, Curry had weight issues. He was in line to earn a multi-year extension but failed to meet the team's requirements for his physical condition. During the 2004-05 season, Curry led the Bulls in scoring but missed the last few games of the season and the entire playoffs due to an irregular heartbeat.
Curry was traded in 2005 after he refused to take a DNA test per the team's request. This marked the end of his Bulls career as well as a period in which the fans and management's frustration with Curry grew year after year.