1992–93 Chicago Bulls season

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1992–93 Chicago Bulls season
Third NBA Championship
Head coach Phil Jackson
General manager Jerry Krause
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena Chicago Stadium
Results
Record 57–25 (.695)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel Chicago, WGN
Radio WMAQ
< 1991–92 1993–94 >

The 1992–93 Chicago Bulls finished in first place in the Central Division, and second overall in the Eastern Conference. They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fifth consecutive season, becoming the first team since the 1987–88 Boston Celtics to do so. The Bulls would then go on to win their third consecutive NBA championship, defeating the Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals. This was the last title the Bulls won while playing at Chicago Stadium. Chicago's offseason was also marked by the sudden retirement of Michael Jordan.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 27 Byron Houston Forward  United States Oklahoma State
2 33 Corey Williams Guard  United States Oklahoma State
2 39 Litterial Green Guard  United States Georgia

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695 31–10 26–15 19–9
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 54 28 .659 3 35–6 19–22 22–6
x-Charlotte Hornets 44 38 .537 13 22–19 22–19 12–16
x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 14 25–16 18–23 12–16
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 16 27–14 14–27 11–17
Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 17 28–13 12–29 12–16
Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 .341 29 18–23 10–31 10–18


Roster[edit]

1992-93 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PG 10 United States Armstrong, B.J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Iowa
SF 17 United States Blanton, Ricky 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) LSU
C 24 United States Cartwright, Bill 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) San Francisco
PF 40 United States Courtney, Joe 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Southern Mississippi
SG 3 United States English, Jo Jo 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) South Carolina
PF 54 United States Grant, Horace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Clemson
SG 23 United States Jordan, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) North Carolina
PF 21 United States King, Stacey 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Oklahoma
SF 22 United States McCray, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Louisville
PF 45 United States Nealy, Ed 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Kansas State
PG 5 United States Paxson, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Notre Dame
C 32 United States Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Vanderbilt
SF 33 United States Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Central Arkansas
SG 6 United States Tucker, Trent 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Minnesota
SG 20 United States Walker, Darrell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Arkansas
PG 12 United States Williams, Corey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oklahoma State
PF 42 United States Williams, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

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
B. J. Armstrong 82 74 30.4 .499 .446 .861 1.8 4.0 .80 .07 12.3
Ricky Blanton 2 0 6.5 .429 .000 .000 1.5 .5 1.00 .00 3.0
Bill Cartwright 63 63 19.9 .411 .000 .735 3.7 1.3 .32 .16 5.6
Joe Courtney 5 0 6.8 .444 .000 .750 .4 .2 .40 .20 2.2
Jo Jo English 6 0 5.2 .300 .000 .000 1.0 .2 .50 .33 1.0
Horace Grant 77 77 35.6 .508 .200 .619 9.5 2.6 1.16 1.25 13.2
Michael Jordan 78 78 39.3 .495 .352 .837 6.7 5.5 2.83 .78 32.6
Stacey King 76 3 13.9 .471 .333 .705 2.7 .9 .34 .26 5.4
Rodney McCray 64 5 15.9 .451 .400 .692 2.5 1.3 .19 .23 3.5
Ed Nealy 11 0 7.2 .435 .200 1.000 1.5 .2 .27 .09 2.1
John Paxson 59 8 17.5 .451 .463 .850 .8 2.3 .64 .03 4.2
Will Perdue 72 16 13.9 .557 .000 .604 4.0 1.0 .31 .65 4.7
Scottie Pippen 81 81 38.6 .473 .237 .663 7.7 6.3 2.14 .90 18.6
Trent Tucker 69 0 13.2 .485 .405 .818 1.0 1.2 .35 .09 5.2
Darrell Walker 28 0 13.1 .403 .000 .500 1.4 1.6 .82 .07 2.6
Corey Williams 35 0 6.9 .365 .333 .818 .9 .7 .11 .06 2.3
Scott Williams 71 5 19.3 .466 .000 .714 6.4 1.0 .77 .93 5.9

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
B. J. Armstrong 19 33.8 .524 .512 .909 1.5 3.3 1.00 .11 11.4
Bill Cartwright 19 23.4 .465 .000 .778 4.5 1.5 .58 .16 6.3
Horace Grant 19 34.3 .546 .000 .685 8.2 2.3 1.21 1.21 10.7
Michael Jordan 19 41.2 .475 .389 .805 6.7 6.0 2.05 .89 35.1
Stacey King 19 12.1 .394 .000 .806 2.1 .7 .47 .21 4.1
Rodney McCray 7 5.6 .167 .000 .000 1.9 .7 .00 .14 .3
John Paxson 19 17.4 .583 .625 .727 1.0 1.7 .32 .05 4.9
Will Perdue 13 7.8 .500 .000 .500 2.3 .4 .08 .15 1.9
Scottie Pippen 19 41.5 .465 .176 .638 6.9 5.6 2.16 .68 20.1
Trent Tucker 19 10.9 .413 .462 .500 .9 1.0 .37 .00 2.8
Darrell Walker 9 2.4 .250 .000 .667 .1 .6 .00 .00 .4
Scott Williams 19 20.8 .506 .000 .552 5.8 1.4 .37 .89 5.5

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(2) Chicago Bulls vs. (7) Atlanta Hawks: Bulls win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (April 30): Chicago 114, Atlanta 90
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 2): Chicago 117, Atlanta 102
  • Game 3 @ The Omni, Atlanta (May 4): Chicago 98, Atlanta 88

Last Playoff Meeting: 1970 Western Division Semifinals (Atlanta won 4-1)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Cleveland Cavaliers: Bulls win series 4-0

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 11): Chicago 91, Cleveland 84
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 13): Chicago 104, Cleveland 85
  • Game 3 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 15): Chicago 96, Cleveland 90
  • Game 4 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (May 17): Chicago 103, Cleveland 101

Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Eastern Conference Finals (Chicago won 4-2)

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) New York Knicks vs. (2) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 4-2 (after trailing 2-0 to Knicks)

Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-3)

NBA Finals[edit]

The 1993 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1992-93 NBA season, featuring the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, and the Phoenix Suns, winners of 62 games and led by regular season MVP Charles Barkley. The Bulls became the first team since the legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s to win three consecutive championship titles, clinching the "three-peat" with John Paxson's game-winning 3-pointer that gave them a 99-98 victory in Game 6. This series was also notable in that the road team won each game, with the exception of Chicago in game 4.

  • The Phoenix Suns won game 3 in 3OT, 129-121. Suns Head Coach Paul Westphal became the only person to appear in both triple-overtime finals games. The first was the classic 1976 contest against Boston, in Game 5 as a player. Ironically, his Suns also appeared in that year's finals, thus becoming the only team to appear in two triple-overtime finals games. Back in 1976, the Suns lost 126-128 against Boston.
  • The Bulls got off to a good start in Game 6 but struggled in the fourth quarter, wasting a double-digit lead to trail 98-94. Michael Jordan made a layup to cut the margin to 2 points, and the Suns missed a shot on their next possession. Trailing 98-96 and facing a Game 7 on the road if they lost that day, John Paxson took a pass from Horace Grant and buried a three pointer with 3.9 seconds left, giving the Bulls a 99-98 lead. The victory was secured by a last-second block from Horace Grant.

(W1) Phoenix Suns vs. (E2) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 4-2

1993 NBA Finals roster[edit]

1993 Chicago Bulls[edit]

Head Coach:Phil Jackson
Michael Jordan | Scottie Pippen | Horace Grant | B.J. Armstrong | Scott Williams | Bill Cartwright | Stacey King | Trent Tucker | John Paxson | Will Perdue | Rodney McCray | Ricky Blanton | Darrell Walker | Corey Williams | Jo Jo English |

1993 Phoenix Suns[edit]

Head Coach:Paul Westphal
Charles Barkley | Dan Majerle | Kevin Johnson | Tom Chambers | Danny Ainge | Richard Dumas | Negele Knight | Oliver Miller | Mark West | Jerrod Mustaf | Frank Johnson | Tim Kempton |

Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team TV Time
Game 1 June 9 Phoenix 92-100 Chicago NBC 9:00pm et
Game 2 June 11 Phoenix 108-111 Chicago NBC 9:00pm et
Game 3 June 13 Chicago 121-129 (3ot) Phoenix NBC 8:30pm et
Game 4 June 16 Chicago 111-105 Phoenix NBC 8:00pm et
Game 5 June 18 Chicago 98-108 Phoenix NBC 8:00pm et
Game 6 June 20 Phoenix 98-99 Chicago NBC 9:00pm et

Bulls win series 4-2

Award winners[edit]

NBA All-Star Game[edit]

  • Michael Jordan, Guard
  • Scottie Pippen, Forward

References[edit]