Windy City Bulls
Windy City Bulls logo
LeagueNBA G League
Founded2016
HistoryWindy City Bulls
2016–present
ArenaNow Arena
LocationHoffman Estates, Illinois
Team colorsRed, black, silver[1][2]
     
PresidentBrad Seymour
Team managerChigozie Umeadi
Head coachHenry Domercant
OwnershipChicago Bulls
Affiliation(s)Chicago Bulls
WebsiteOfficial website

The Windy City Bulls are an American professional basketball team in the NBA G League based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and are affiliated with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls play their home games at Now Arena, 25 miles (40 km) from Chicago. It became the thirteenth D-League team to be owned by an NBA team.[3]

History

In October 2015, the Chicago Bulls began pursuing an expansion franchise in nearby Hoffman Estates to play in the Sears Centre Arena[4] in time for the 2016–17 season.[5] On November 9, 2015, the Hoffman Estates board unanimously approved the Bulls' proposed NBA Development League (D-League) team.

The team received its name through a contest on the Chicago Bulls' website. Fans submitted about 3,600 suggestions, which were narrowed down to three finalists: Great Lakes Bulls, Heartland Bulls and Windy City Bulls.[6] Windy City was announced as the winner in a pep rally/press conference on February 24, 2016.[1][7]

The D-League rebranded as the NBA G League, after a league-wide sponsorship by Gatorade, in 2017. Their home arena was renamed Now Arena in 2020.

Season-by-season

Season Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Windy City Bulls
2016–17 Central 5th 23 27 .460
2017–18 Central 3rd 24 26 .480
2018–19 Central 2nd 27 23 .540 Lost First Round (Westchester) 82–95
2019–20 Central 5th 17 26 .395 Season cancelled by COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 Opted out of single-site season
2021–22 Central 11th 15 19 .341
Regular season record 106 121 .467
Playoff record 0 1 .000

Current roster

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 11 Coupet, Ben 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998–01–25 Southern Illinois
G/F 0 Drell, Henri 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 2000–04–25 Estonia
G 00 Freeman-Liberty, Javon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999–10–20 DePaul
F 21 Hill, Malcolm (TW) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–10–26 Illinois
G 1 Jones, Carlik (TW) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997–12–23 Louisville
G 12 Jones, Lazeric 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1990–08–11 UCLA
F 7 King, Nick 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–08–05 Middle Tennessee
G/F 8 Matthews, Charles 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996–11–15 Michigan
C 24 Oturu, Daniel 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1999–09–20 Minnesota
G 2 Pargo, Jeremy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1986–03–17 Gonzaga
F/C 19 Simonović, Marko (NBA) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1999–10–15 Montenegro
G 5 Thompson, Ethan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999–05–04 Oregon State
F 6 Wheeler, Aaron 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998–09–24 St. John's
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Kwadzo Ahelegbe
  • Chris Kent
  • Paul Miller

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (P) Prospects
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: November 23, 2022


Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Nate Loenser 2016–2017 50 23 27 .460
2 Charlie Henry 2017–2019 100 51 49 .510 1 0 1 .000
3 Damian Cotter 2019–2020 43 17 26 .395
4 Henry Domercant 2021–present 34 15 19 .441

NBA affiliates

References

  1. ^ a b Moreno, Matt (February 24, 2016). "Windy City Bulls revealed as name of new Chicago Bulls NBA D-League team". WindyCity.GLeague.NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Windy City Bulls Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Chicago Bulls Purchase NBA Development League Team". GLeague.NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. November 11, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  4. ^ Peterson, Eric (November 4, 2015). "Chicago Bulls say they'd promote Sears Centre big time with D-team". Daily Herald. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Peterson, Eric (October 31, 2015). "Chicago Bulls development team may play at Sears Centre next year". Daily Herald. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Peterson, Eric (December 17, 2015). "'Heartland Bulls' among finalists for D-League team name". Daily Herald. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Johnson, K.C. (February 24, 2016). "Windy City Bulls revealed as Development League team name". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 24, 2016.