2005–06 Chicago Bulls season

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2005–06 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Scott Skiles
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 6th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CSN Chicago, WGN, WCIU
Radio WMVP
< 2004–05 2006–07 >

The 2005–06 Chicago Bulls season was one of mixed results. While the Bulls reached the playoffs for a second straight season, they posted a record of just 41-41 in the regular season, 6 wins fewer than they had recorded in the previous year even though the roster was mostly the same.

Offseason[edit]

The Bulls did not have any picks in the 2005 draft. The core of the team remained based around Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, and Kirk Hinrich, all draft picks from the previous two years. The Bulls did not sign any household name players through free agency, but did add Malik Allen, Darius Songaila and Michael Sweetney (through the trade explained below), all of which would split time between the starting lineup and the bench. They also added Tim Thomas; however due to a clash with Scott Skiles he appeared in just 3 games for the Bulls and would eventually move to the Phoenix Suns. The Bulls also traded their once first-round draft pick Eddy Curry to the Knicks after Curry missed some of the 2004-2005 season with a heart condition.[1] The move was met with some controversy, although it ended up resulting in high draft picks for the Bulls due to the Knicks' poor records in the coming seasons.

NBA Draft[edit]

The Bulls did not have any draft picks in 2005.

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Central Division
Team W L Home Road PCT. GB
Detroit Pistons* 64 18 37–4 27–14 .780 -
Cleveland Cavaliers* 50 32 31–10 19–22 .610 14
Indiana Pacers* 41 41 27–14 14–27 .500 23
Chicago Bulls'* 41 41 21–20 20–21 .500 23
Milwaukee Bucks* 40 42 25–16 15–26 .488 24

Postseason[edit]

At 41-41, the Bulls managed to sneak into the Eastern Conference Playoffs as a 7th seed. They would lose in the first round to the eventual NBA Champion Miami Heat, although they did manage to stretch the best of 7 series to 6 games, ending a season in which they played very inconsistently on a somewhat positive note. A year later, the Bulls would defeat the Heat in a sweep in the first round.

East First Round[edit]

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Chicago Bulls

April 22
8:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 106, Miami Heat 111
Scoring by quarter: 24–26, 27–37, 31–24, 24–24
Pts: Ben Gordon 35
Rebs: Andrés Nocioni 16
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 8
Pts: Dwyane Wade 30
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 16
Asts: Dwyane Wade 11
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,288
Referees: Tony Brothers, Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa
April 24
8:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 108, Miami Heat 115
Scoring by quarter: 26–33, 31–35, 19–27, 32–20
Pts: Andrés Nocioni 35
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 9
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 7
Pts: O'Neal, Williams 22 each
Rebs: Antoine Walker 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 7
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,214
Referees: Mike Callahan, Dan Crawford, Courtney Kirkland
April 27
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 90, Chicago Bulls 109
Scoring by quarter: 23–31, 19–17, 29–39, 19–22
Pts: Dwyane Wade 26
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 10
Asts: Wade, Williams 4 each
Pts: Ben Gordon 24
Rebs: Andrés Nocioni 9
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 11
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,133
Referees: Bob Delaney, Bernie Fryer, Mark Wunderlich
April 30
1:00 pm
Miami Heat 87, Chicago Bulls 93
Scoring by quarter: 23–21, 17–23, 19–21, 28–28
Pts: Antoine Walker 21
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 9
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
Pts: Andrés Nocioni 24
Rebs: Andrés Nocioni 7
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 9
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,361
Referees: Ron Garretson, Monty McCutchen, Greg Willard
May 2
8:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 78, Miami Heat 92
Scoring by quarter: 19–25, 19–15, 23–21, 17–31
Pts: Andrés Nocioni 23
Rebs: Andrés Nocioni 10
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 5
Pts: Dwyane Wade 28
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 5
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,287
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Scott Foster, Jack Nies
May 4
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 113, Chicago Bulls 96
Scoring by quarter: 29–19, 26–22, 29–28, 29–27
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 30
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 20
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Kirk Hinrich 23
Rebs: Luol Deng 6
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 6
Miami wins series, 4–2
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,584
Referees: Steve Javie, Tom Washington, Jess Kersey
Regular-season series

Miami won 2–1 in the regular-season series:

November 26, 2005
Miami Heat 100, Chicago Bulls 97
March 18, 2006
Miami Heat 85, Chicago Bulls 84
April 16, 2006
Chicago Bulls 117, Miami Heat 93

Last Playoffs meeting: 1997 Eastern Conference Finals (Chicago won 4–1)

Awards and records[edit]

Roster[edit]

2005-06 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PF 35 United States Allen, Malik 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Villanova
SG 13 United States Basden, Eddie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Charlotte
C 3 United States Chandler, Tyson 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Dominguez HS (CA)
SF 9 United Kingdom Deng, Luol 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
PG 21 United States Duhon, Chris 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Duke
SG 7 United Kingdom Gordon, Ben 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Connecticut
SG 1 United States Graham, Stephen 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oklahoma State
PF 24 United States Harrington, Othella 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Georgetown
PG 12 United States Hinrich, Kirk 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
SF 6 United States Holcomb, Randy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) San Diego State
PG 1 United States Livingston, Randy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 209 lb (95 kg) LSU
SF 5 Argentina Nocioni, Andres 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Argentina
PG 15 United States Pargo, Jannero 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arkansas
SG 52 United States Piatkowski, Eric 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nebraska
C 45 Australia Schenscher, Luke 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Georgia Tech
PF 25 Lithuania Songaila, Darius 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Wake Forest, North Carolina
PF 50 United States Sweetney, Michael 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Georgetown
SF 30 United States Thomas, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) UT Austin
SF 2 United States Thomas, Tim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Villanova
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



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

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