Tom Boerwinkle

Position Center
Height / weight 2.13 m / 120 kg
Born Aug 23, 1945
Nationality United States United States
Nickname Boerwinkle
Team History
Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 1968 - 1978

Tom Boerwinkle is a former basketball player who played his entire career for the Chicago Bulls as the center player. He was born and raised in Cleveland and Independence, Ohio. During his high school years, he attended Millersburg Military Institute or Forest Hill Military Academy. At college, he attended the University of Tennessee, where he played for the university basketball team. He became a helping hand of the team to win the 1967 Southeastern Conference championship.

NBA Career

Boerwinkle joined the NBA during the 168 NBA Draft, where he was selected fourth by the Chicago Bulls. For more than 10 years of his professional career, he stayed with the Chicago Bulls but he wasn’t hugely appreciated by the team. Boerwinkle is a fine and efficient player, and he managed to assist his teammates with rebounds.

In his entire career, he was more of a passer and rebounder than a shooter. For 10 years in the same team, he had a total of 4,596 points and 5,745 rebounds.

Post-basketball Career and Death

After 10 years, he retired from playing basketball and decided to become a radio color analyst for the Chicago Bulls. He also invested in the Olympic Oil Company, where he was also the co-owner. In 2013, Boerwinkle died due to myelodysplastic syndrome, cancer in his blood cells in his bone marrow never matured.

Upon his demise, his teammate commemorated that Boerwinkle is a great teammate and one of the greatest passers of all time. Although he was underrated, Boerwinkle seriously knows his role in the team and played intelligent basketball. He is also remembered as a genuine and loyal person, and they have lost one of their giant best friends.


1967, 1968 First-team All-SEC

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