Where are they now? the 2004-05 Bulls: Andres Nocioni

Andres Nocioni played five seasons for the Bulls after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2004. During his time in Chicago, the affable Argentine became a fan favorite, known for his hard-nosed play. Now, over a decade later, the 36-year-old is still leaving his mark on European basketball.

The 2004-05 Bulls had the club’s first winning season since Michael Jordan left. They finished 47-35, making the playoffs, before losing to the Wizards.

Andres Nocioni celebrates during 2007 the Bulls 4-0 first round series win against the Heat - CREDIT: (Jay Drowns/Sporting News)

Andres Nocioni celebrates during the Bulls 4-0 first round sweep against the Heat, in 2007 CREDIT: (Jay Drowns/Sporting News)

Nocioni was beloved by the city and his teammates. He began to garner NBA attention after his Argentinian team won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics. More impressively, the 6-foot-8 small forward was named the MVP of the Spanish ACB along with earning All-Euroleague honors that same year.

He played nine seasons in the NBA, averaging a career-high 14.1 points per game during the 2006-07 season. His great play earned him a new contract with the Bulls.

After being traded to the Kings in 2009, his NBA career ended in Philadelphia in 2012, as he played in only only 11 games.

He returned to Spain later that year to play for Laboral Kutxa. Two years later, he signed with ACB and Euroleague power, Real Madrid.

Growing up in a small town in Argentina, Nocioni, or El Chapu as he is known in his native tongue, dreamed not of playing in the NBA, but in Europe. Seven years after his career ended in Chicago, Nocioni reached the pinnacle of European basketball, capturing the Euroleague title in 2015.

At 36, Nocioni is not just contributing to a winning team, he is leading one. He was awarded the Euroleague Final Four MVP. Playing a pivotal stretch big role, which was left vacant due to the departure of Nikola Mirotic.

The Spanish ACB is widely regarded as the best basketball league in the world, outside of the NBA. Even in the latter years of his career, Nocioni is among the highest-paid players in all of the Euroleague.

Nocioni had a very long NBA career, compared to the league average. Many Bulls fans gravitated towards his team-first winning mentality, so much so that some were calling for his return in 2012.

Bulls fans should rest easy knowing Noc is still bringing joy to basketball fans, and hopefully he will be able to continue to do so, for years to come.

Come back tomorrow, for the second edition of, Where are they now? the 2004-05 Bulls.

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