Chicago Bulls: A Team With A History Of Loving Duke Players

December 28th, 2010 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
On July 9, 2010, restricted free agent J.J. Redick signed a three-year, $19 million offer sheet with the Chicago Bulls.

Unfortunately for Bulls fans, the Orlando Magic matched the offer seven days later, keeping the sharp-shooting guard in the state of Florida.

If Orlando hadn't matched the offer, Redick would have been just another one of several former Duke University stars to play for or be courted by the Bulls. 

Jack Marin was the first Dukie to don the Bulls' red-and-black. The fifth overall pick of the 1966 NBA Draft was traded to Chicago from the Buffalo Braves in 1975 for a future first-round draft pick.

Marin would play the final two seasons of his eleven-year career in the Windy City, helping Artis Gilmore, Mickey Johnson, and Co. reach the playoffs in 1977.

The future pick that Marin was traded for ironically turned out to be another Duke player, Tate Armstrong. Selected 13th overall by the Bulls in the '77 draft, Armstrong played just two seasons in the league, both with Chicago. He averaged 3.8 points per game for his career.

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