2006–07 Chicago Bulls season

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2006–07 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Scott Skiles
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 49–33 (.598)
Place Division: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CSN Chicago, WGN, WCIU
Radio WCKG
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The 2006-07 Chicago Bulls finished with a record of 49-33 in the regular season and reached the second round of the NBA playoffs, making it their most successful season since the retirement of Michael Jordan, but nevertheless leaving some doubt amongst fans as to whether the team could compete for an NBA championship in the near future.

Offseason[edit]

Whereas previous seasons under General Manager John Paxson focused mostly on allowing the young players which comprised the core of the Bulls' roster to develop, before the '06-'07 season Paxon made an expensive free-agent signing in the form of Ben Wallace. Many fans were excited about the veteran experience and star power Wallace brought to the team, though some questioned if he was the best fit for the team, as Wallace had always been known for his defense, and many believed that the Bulls' biggest problem was a lack of inside scoring.

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2006 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 2 LaMarcus Aldridge F  United States Texas
1 16 Rodney Carney F  United States Memphis

Regular season[edit]

The Bulls got off to a rocky start, posting a record of 3-9 in their first 12 games. The criticism by some in the offseason about the signing of Ben Wallace seemed to gain some validity, as Wallace appeared to show his age and was not always able to put up big rebounding numbers as he had been known for with the Pistons. However, as they had in the 2004-05 season in which they started 0-9, the Bulls performed better as the season went on and finished 49-33. The record was good enough to receive the #5 seed among the 8 teams qualifying for the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Bulls, however, lost their final game of the season to the New Jersey Nets[1] which would have boosted them to a #2 seed and given them an easier path to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Standings[edit]

Central Division
Team W L Home Road PCT. GB
Detroit Pistons* 53 29 26–15 27–14 .646 -
Cleveland Cavaliers* 50 32 30–11 20–21 .605 3
Chicago Bulls* 49 33 31–10 18–23 .598 4
Indiana Pacers 35 47 22–19 13–28 .427 18
Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 18–23 10–31 .341 25
  • Qualified for playoffs

Postseason[edit]

The Bulls opened the playoffs by defeating the defending champion Miami Heat in a 4-0 sweep. The Heat were hindered by a nagging injury to Dwyane Wade, but nevertheless most observed felt that the Bulls had outplayed the Heat in the series.

East First Round[edit]

(4) Miami Heat vs. (5) Chicago Bulls

April 21
Miami Heat 91, Chicago Bulls 96
United Center, Chicago
April 24
Miami Heat 89, Chicago Bulls 107
United Center, Chicago
April 27
Chicago Bulls 104, Miami Heat 96
ABC
April 29
Chicago Bulls 92, Miami Heat 79
Chicago wins series, 4–0
American Airlines Arena, Miami

Last Playoff Meeting: 2006 Eastern Conference First Round (Miami won 4-2)

In the second round, the #1 seed Detroit Pistons quickly put a damper on the excitement of Bulls' fans by soundly defeating the Bulls in Game 1 of the seven game series, holding the Bulls to 33% shooting and only 69 points.[2] The Bulls would continue to struggle, scoring just 87 and 74 points in games 2 and 3 respectively, and finding themselves in a 3-0 series deficit. The Bulls stayed alive by winning games 4 and 5, scoring triple digits in each game, but then suffered a 95-85 defeat on their home court in game 6 to end their season.

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (5) Chicago Bulls

May 5
Chicago Bulls 69, Detroit Pistons 95
TNT
May 7
Chicago Bulls 87, Detroit Pistons 108
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
May 10
Detroit Pistons 81, Chicago Bulls 74
United Center, Chicago
May 13
Detroit Pistons 87, Chicago Bulls 102
United Center, Chicago
TNT
May 15
Chicago Bulls 108, Detroit Pistons 92
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
ESPN
May 17
Detroit Pistons 95, Chicago Bulls 85
Detroit wins series, 4–2
United Center, Chicago

Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Eastern Conference Finals (Chicago won 4-0)

Awards and records[edit]

Roster[edit]

2006-07 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
C 15 Lithuania Andriuškevičius, Martynas 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Lithuania
PG 11 United States Barrett, Andre 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Seton Hall
PF 42 United States Brown, P. J. 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Louisiana Tech
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 44 United States Griffin, Adrian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Seton Hall
PG 12 United States Hinrich, Kirk 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
SF 38 Russia Khryapa, Viktor 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Russia
SF 5 Argentina Nocioni, Andres 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Argentina
SG 2 Switzerland Sefolosha, Thabo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Switzerland
PF 50 United States Sweetney, Michael 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Georgetown
PF 24 United States Thomas, Tyrus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Louisiana State
C 3 United States Wallace, Ben 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Virginia Union
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



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

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN - Chicago vs. New Jersey - Recap - April 18, 2007
  2. ^ ESPN - Chicago vs. Detroit - Box Score - May 05, 2007