1988–89 Chicago Bulls season

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1988–89 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Doug Collins
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena Chicago Stadium
Results
Record 47–35 (.573)
Place Division: 5th (Central)
Conference: 6th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(Eliminated 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Sportsvision, WFLD
Radio WMAQ
< 1987–88 1989–90 >

The Chicago Bulls qualified for the NBA Playoffs.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 11 Will Perdue C  United States Vanderbilt
3 62 Derrick Lewis F  United States Maryland

Regular season[edit]

In the 1988–89 season, Jordan again led the league in scoring, averaging 32.5 ppg on 53.8% shooting from the field. The Bulls finished with a 47–35 record, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. On March 11, head coach Doug Collins moved Jordan to the point guard position. Two days later, Jordan finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists in just 30 minutes of a blowout win against the Pacers. Jordan continued at point guard through the rest of the regular season.

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 63 19 .768 37–4 26–15 20–10
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 6 37–4 20–21 19–11
x-Atlanta Hawks 52 30 .634 11 33–8 19–22 20–10
x-Milwaukee Bucks 49 33 .598 14 31–10 18–23 11–19
x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 16 30–11 17–24 12–18
Indiana Pacers 28 54 .341 35 20–21 8–33 8–22


Player stats[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bill Cartwright 78 76 29.9 .475 .000 .766 6.7 1.2 .27 .53 12.4
Dave Corzine 81 7 18.3 .461 .250 .740 3.9 1.3 .36 .56 5.9
Charles Davis 49 3 11.1 .426 .267 .731 2.3 .6 .22 .10 3.8
Horace Grant 79 79 35.6 .519 .000 .704 8.6 2.1 1.09 .78 12.0
Jack Haley 51 1 5.7 .474 .000 .783 1.4 .2 .22 .00 2.2
Craig Hodges 49 6 22.7 .475 .423 .849 1.7 2.8 .84 .08 10.0
Anthony Jones 8 0 8.1 .333 .000 1.000 1.0 .5 .25 .12 1.5
Michael Jordan 81 81 40.2 .538 .276 .850 8.0 8.0 2.89 .80 32.5
Ed Nealy 13 0 7.2 .714 .000 .500 1.8 .5 .23 .08 .8
John Paxson 78 20 22.3 .480 .331 .861 1.2 3.9 .68 .08 7.3
Will Perdue 30 0 6.3 .403 .000 .571 1.5 .4 .13 .20 2.2
Scottie Pippen 73 56 33.1 .476 .273 .668 6.1 3.5 1.90 .84 14.4
Dominic Pressley 3 0 5.7 .167 .000 .000 .3 1.3 .00 .00 .7
Brad Sellers 80 25 21.6 .485 .500 .851 2.8 1.2 .44 .86 6.9
Sam Vincent 70 56 24.3 .484 .118 .822 2.7 4.8 .76 .14 9.4
David Wood 2 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .00 .00 .0

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bill Cartwright 17 34.3 .486 .000 .700 7.1 1.2 .53 .71 11.8
Dave Corzine 16 13.7 .422 .000 .647 2.6 .6 .25 .38 4.1
Charles Davis 17 11.2 .404 .167 .778 2.5 .3 .24 .06 2.7
Horace Grant 17 36.8 .518 .000 .800 9.8 2.1 .65 .94 10.8
Jack Haley 5 1.4 .667 .000 .500 .2 .2 .00 .00 1.0
Craig Hodges 17 32.6 .412 .398 .714 1.5 3.6 1.29 .18 11.2
Michael Jordan 17 42.2 .510 .286 .799 7.0 7.6 2.47 .76 34.8
John Paxson 16 18.9 .474 .263 .875 .6 2.1 .75 .00 5.8
Will Perdue 3 7.3 .667 .000 .667 2.0 .7 .00 .00 4.7
Scottie Pippen 17 36.4 .462 .393 .640 7.6 3.9 1.35 .94 13.1
Brad Sellers 13 13.6 .379 .000 .833 2.4 1.2 .23 .31 4.2
Sam Vincent 16 7.1 .303 .000 .750 .5 1.2 .19 .06 1.8

Playoffs[edit]

  • The Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Finals defeating the Cavaliers and Knicks along the way. The Cavaliers series included a career highlight for Jordan when he hit a series winning shot over Craig Ehlo in the closing moments of the fifth and deciding game of the series.

East First Round[edit]

3) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (6) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 28): Chicago 95, Cleveland 88
  • Game 2 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 30): Cleveland 96, Chicago 88
  • Game 3 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 3): Chicago 101, Cleveland 94
  • Game 4 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 5): Cleveland 108, Chicago 105
  • Game 5 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 7): Chicago 101, Cleveland 100

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3-2)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) New York Knicks vs. (6) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 4-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1981 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 2-0)

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Chicago Bulls: Pistons win series 4-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4-1)

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]