1999–2000 Chicago Bulls season

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1999–2000 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Tim Floyd
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 17–65 (.207)
Place Division: 8th (Central)
Conference: 15th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net Chicago, WGN, WCIU
Radio WMVP
< 1998–99 2000–01 >

The 1999-00 Chicago Bulls season was the 34th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Offseason[edit]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 1999 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 1 Elton Brand F  United States Duke
1 16 Ron Artest F  United States St. John's
2 32 Michael Ruffin F  United States Tulsa
2 49 Lari Ketner C  United States Massachusetts

Roster[edit]

1999-00 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
C 22 Australia Anstey, Chris 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 249 lb (113 kg) Australia
PG 11 United States Armstrong, B. J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Iowa
SF 15 United States Artest, Ron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 244 lb (111 kg) St. John's
SG 25 United States Benjamin, Corey 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oregon State
PF 42 United States Brand, Elton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Duke
PG 1 United States Brown, Randy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) New Mexico State
SG 43 United States Carr, Chris 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Southern Illinois
SF 18 Hungary David, Kornel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Hungary
SG 3 United States Hawkins, Hersey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Bradley
SG 20 United States Hoiberg, Fred 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Iowa State
C 6 United States Ketner, Lari 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 277 lb (126 kg) Massachusetts-Amherst
SF 7 Croatia Kukoc, Toni 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Croatia
PG 5 United States LaRue, Rusty 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Wake Forest University
PG 12 United States Maloney, Matt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Pennsylvania
PF 51 United States Ruffin, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 246 lb (112 kg) Tulsa
SG 9 United States Starks, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oklahoma State
SG 9 United States Willoughby, Dedric 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Iowa State
Head coach




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

Regular season[edit]

In the Bulls' first full year of rebuilding, efforts focused around the 1999 NBA Draft’s first overall pick, Elton Brand. In the 1999-00 NBA season, Brand joined an impressive group of NBA players, becoming only the 19th player in league history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a rookie campaign. In addition, he became only the second player in team history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, joining Artis Gilmore.

As a team, the Bulls struggled in the franchise’s first full season without Michael Jordan, finishing with a 17-65 overall record. The Bulls attendance, however, continued to rank among the best in the league, extending the home sellout streak to 608 games (regular season and playoffs), the longest streak in the NBA at the time.

Brand was named NBA Co-Rookie of the Year (shared with Houston’s Steve Francis), MVP at the Schick Rookie Challenge during All-Star Break (setting record with 21 rebounds) and NBA Rookie of the Month for January, February and April. Brand’s best performance came on April 13, 2000, when he set a team record, hitting 14 straight field goals en route to a career-high 44 points versus Washington at the United Center.

The Bulls other first round selection, Ron Artest, also had a solid rookie season, earning him mention on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Other notes from the campaign included trading Toni Kukoc to Philadelphia as part of a three-way trade with Golden State, receiving the Washington Wizards first round draft pick in 2000, along with John Starks and Bruce Bowen and setting franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game (6) on March 7, 2000 at the United Center versus Atlanta.

Standings[edit]

Central Division
Team W L PCT GB
Indiana Pacers 56 26 .683 -
Charlotte Hornets 49 33 .598 7
Toronto Raptors 45 37 .549 11
Detroit Pistons 42 40 .512 14
Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 14
Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390 24
Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 28
Chicago Bulls 17 65 .207 39

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Elton Brand 81 80 37.0 .482 .000 .685 10.0 1.9 0.8 1.6 20.1
Toni Kukoč 24 23 36.2 .381 .231 .761 5.4 5.2 1.8 0.8 18.0
Ron Artest 72 62 31.1 .314 .407 .674 4.3 2.8 1.7 0.5 12.0
Chris Carr 50 2 21.8 .4oo .333 .858 3.2 1.6 0.6 0.3 9.8
Rusty LaRue 4 1 32.3 .349 .143 .714 3.5 2.7 1.3 0.1 9.3
Fred Hoiberg 31 11 27.3 .387 .340 .908 3.5 2.7 1.3 0.1 9.0
Hersey Hawkins 61 49 26.6 .424 .390 .899 2.9 2.2 1.2 0.2 7.9
Corey Benjamin 48 10 18.0 .414 .340 .598 1.8 1.1 0.6 0.5 7.7
Dedric Willoughby 25 1 20.3 .341 .296 .765 2.0 2.6 0.9 0.1 7.6
Will Perdue 67 15 15.1 .351 .000 .476 3.9 1.0 0.2 0.6 3.5
John Starks 4 0 20.5 .324 .300 1.000 2.5 2.8 1.3 0.3 7.5
B.J. Armstrong 51 0 6.6 .510 .500 .714 1.9 .3 .24 .25 2.5

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Free Agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Ron Artest July 15 St. John's (16th pick)
Elton Brand July 26 Duke (1st overall pick)
Michael Ruffin August 24 Tulsa (32nd overall pick)
Will Perdue August 25 San Antonio Spurs
Cory Carr Texas Tech (selected 49th in 1998)
Brett Robisch unknown
Lari Ketner Massachusetts Amherst (49th overall pick)

References[edit]