1995–96 Chicago Bulls season

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1995–96 Chicago Bulls season
72-win season
Fourth NBA Championship
Head coach Phil Jackson
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 72–10 (.878)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel Chicago, WGN
Radio WMAQ
< 1994–95 1996–97 >

In the 1995–96 season, the Chicago Bulls set the NBA record for wins, finishing the season 72-10.[1] The Bulls also became the only team to ever win 70 regular season games, easily finishing first overall in their division, conference, and the entire NBA. The team defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals, winning their fourth NBA title in six seasons.

Offseason[edit]

Prior the 1995–96 NBA season, Dennis Rodman and Jack Haley were traded from the Spurs to the Bulls for Will Perdue and cash considerations to fill a large void at power forward left by Horace Grant, who left the Bulls prior to the 1994–95 NBA season.

Haley played in 1 game, the final game of the regular season and didn't participate in the playoffs. He was best known for his friendship with the enigmatic Rodman.[2]

In his book Bad as I Wanna Be,1[citation needed] Rodman stated that Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had to approve the trade before it took place. Rodman chose the number 91 (9+1=10 according to Rodman for why he chose that number) for his jersey since #10 was retired by the Bulls in 1995 in honor of Bob Love.

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club team
1 20 Jason Caffey PF Alabama
2 31 Dragan Tarlac C Olympiakos (Greece)

Roster[edit]

Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PG 0 Brown, Randy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1968–05–22 New Mexico State
SF 30 Buechler, Jud 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1968–06–19 Arizona
PF 35 Caffey, Jason 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1973–06–12 Alabama
C 53 Edwards, James 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1955–11–22 Washington
PF 54 Haley, Jack 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1964–01–27 UCLA
SG 9 Harper, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1964–01–20 Miami (OH)
SG 23 Jordan, Michael (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1963–02–17 North Carolina
PG 25 Kerr, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1965–09–27 Arizona
SF 7 Kukoc, Toni 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1968–09–18 Croatia
C 13 Longley, Luc 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1969–01–19 New Mexico
SF 33 Pippen, Scottie (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1965–09–25 Central Arkansas
PF 91 Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1961–05–13 SE Oklahoma State
PF 22 Salley, John 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1964–05–16 Georgia Tech
PF 8 Simpkins, Dickey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 1972–04–06 Providence
C 34 Wennington, Bill 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1963–04–26 St. John's
Head coach

Phil Jackson (North Dakota)

Assistant coach(es)



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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 1996–03–24

Regular season[edit]

Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman led Chicago to the NBA Finals as the Bulls had a historic run. The Bulls finished 72–10 in the regular season to break the 1971–72 Lakers' record of 69 wins in a season.[3] In his first full season since returning to the NBA, Jordan won his eighth scoring title to break Wilt Chamberlain's record of seven and also came away with a triple crown of awards: the MVP awards for the regular season, All-Star Game and NBA Finals.[3] The Bulls improved 25 games from the previous year's 47–35 record to their all-time record 72 regular season wins. In addition, they would go on to set another regular season landmark by becoming the fastest team to 41 wins; by going 41–3 before losing their 4th game that year, which was also a record once held by the 1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers, who got off to a 39–3 start. They would win 33 road games, setting yet another NBA record. They also had a 39–2 home record, which was one win shy of tying the Boston Celtics for best home record in history. For these reasons, many fans and media members regard the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls to be the greatest NBA team of all time.

Later, in the playoffs, the Bulls easily made their way to the NBA Finals and the NBA championship. Out of the 6 Bulls championships, this would be the only championship team to not defeat any teams in the Bulls division in the playoffs. Rodman, Jordan, and Scottie Pippen all made the All-Defensive First Team, the first time three players from the same team made it on the first team. Rodman led the league in rebounding for the fifth straight year, and Jordan won the scoring title, the second time that teammates had led the league in scoring and rebounding.

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 72 10 .878 39–2 33–8 24–4
x-Indiana Pacers 52 30 .634 20.0 32–9 20–21 19–9
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 25.0 26–15 21–20 13–15
x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 26.0 26–15 20–21 15–13
x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 26.0 30–11 16–25 15–13
Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 31.0 25–16 16–25 13–15
Milwaukee Bucks 25 57 .305 47.0 14–27 11–30 8–20
Toronto Raptors 21 61 .256 51.0 15–26 6–35 5–23


Game log[edit]

1995–96 game log
1995–96 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) Miami Heat Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3-0)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(CHI–MIA)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 26 Chicago 102 Miami 85 1–0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 TBS 9:30et
2 April 28 Chicago 106 Miami 75 2–0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 NBC 5:30et
3 May 1 Miami 91 Chicago 112 3–0 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida 3 TNT 8:00et
Chicago wins series 3–0

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) New York Knicks Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Eastern Conference Semifinals (New York won 4-3)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(CHI–NYK)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 5 Chicago 91 New York 84 1–0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 NBC 5:30et
2 May 7 Chicago 91 New York 80 2–0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 TNT 9:30et
3* May 11 New York 102 Chicago 99 2–1 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 3 NBC 1:00et
4 May 12 New York 91 Chicago 94 3–1 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 4 NBC 5:30et
5 May 14 Chicago 94 New York 81 4–1 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 5 TNT 8:00et
Chicago wins series 4–1

*Required overtime

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (2) Orlando Magic Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Orlando won 4-2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(CHI–ORL)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 19 Chicago 121 Orlando 83 1–0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 NBC 3:30et
2 May 21 Chicago 93 Orlando 88 2–0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 TNT 8:30et
3 May 25 Orlando 67 Chicago 86 3–0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 3 NBC 3:30et
4 May 27 Orlando 101 Chicago 106 4–0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 4 NBC 3:30et
Chicago wins series 4–0

NBA Finals[edit]

Chicago Bulls vs. Seattle SuperSonics

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(CHI–SEA)

Venue Recap Television
1 June 5 Chicago 107 Seattle 90 1–0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 NBC 9:00et
2 June 7 Chicago 92 Seattle 88 2–0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 NBC 9:00et
3 June 9 Seattle 86 Chicago 108 3–0 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 3 NBC 7:30et
4 June 12 Seattle 107 Chicago 86 3–1 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 4 NBC 9:00et
5 June 14 Seattle 89 Chicago 78 3–2 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 5 NBC 9:00et
6 June 16 Chicago 87 Seattle 75 4–2 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 6 NBC 7:30et
Chicago wins NBA Finals series 4–2

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
Randy Brown 68 0 9.9 .406 .091 .609 1.0 1.1 .84 .18 2.7
Jud Buechler 74 0 10.0 .463 .444 .636 1.5 .8 .46 .09 3.8
Jason Caffey 57 0 9.6 .438 .000 .588 1.9 .4 .21 .12 3.2
James Edwards 28 0 9.8 .373 .000 .615 1.4 .4 .04 .29 3.5
Jack Haley 1 0 7.0 .333 .000 .500 2.0 .0 .00 .00 5.0
Ron Harper 80 80 23.6 .467 .269 .705 2.7 2.6 1.31 .40 7.4
Michael Jordan 82 82 37.7 .495 .427 .834 6.6 4.3 2.20 .51 30.4
Steve Kerr 82 0 23.4 .506 .515 .929 1.3 2.3 .77 .02 8.4
Toni Kukoč 81 20 26.0 .490 .403 .772 4.0 3.5 .79 .35 13.1
Luc Longley 62 62 26.5 .482 .000 .777 5.1 1.9 .35 1.35 9.1
Scottie Pippen 77 77 36.7 .463 .374 .679 6.4 5.9 1.73 .74 19.4
Dennis Rodman 64 57 32.6 .480 .111 .528 14.9 2.5 .56 .42 5.5
John Salley 17 0 11.2 .343 .000 .600 2.5 .9 .47 .88 2.1
Dickey Simpkins 60 12 11.4 .481 1.000 .629 2.6 .6 .15 .13 3.6
Bill Wennington 71 20 15.0 .493 1.000 .860 2.5 .6 .30 .23 5.3

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Randy Brown 16 7.0 .571 .500 .750 .6 .4 .31 .06 2.8
Jud Buechler 17 7.5 .474 .381 .500 .6 .4 .41 .00 2.7
James Edwards 6 4.7 .444 .000 .750 .7 .0 .00 .00 1.8
Ron Harper 18 27.4 .425 .319 .690 3.7 2.5 1.39 .39 8.8
Michael Jordan 18 40.7 .459 .403 .818 4.9 4.1 1.83 .33 30.7
Steve Kerr 18 19.8 .448 .321 .871 1.0 1.7 .78 .00 6.8
Toni Kukoč 15 29.3 .391 .191 .838 4.2 3.9 .93 .27 10.8
Luc Longley 18 24.4 .469 .000 .757 4.6 1.6 .39 1.39 8.3
Scottie Pippen 18 41.2 .390 .286 .638 8.5 5.9 2.61 .89 16.9
Dennis Rodman 18 34.4 .485 .000 .593 13.7 2.1 .78 .44 7.5
John Salley 16 5.3 .545 .000 .286 .7 .4 .06 .12 .9
Bill Wennington 18 9.4 .520 .000 .500 1.7 .5 .22 .06 3.0

Award winners[edit]

NBA All-Star Game[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1995-96 Chicago Bulls
  2. ^ Dan Bickley. "Haley looks to escape Rodman's shadow". Chicago Sun-Times. December 26, 1996. 104.
  3. ^ a b NBA.com: 72–10: The Bulls Dominate