2009–10 Chicago Bulls season

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2009–10 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Vinny Del Negro
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finish Eliminated 1st Round to Cleveland Cavaliers; 4-1

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CSN Chicago, WGN America, WGN, WCIU
Radio WMVP
< 2008–09 2010–11 >

The 2009-10 Chicago Bulls season was the 44th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Key dates[edit]

Offseason[edit]

On May 20, the Bulls promoted Gar Forman to General Manager. Former GM John Paxson accepted a new role as executive vice president of basketball operations.[1] Forman's top priority for the offseason was to re-sign Ben Gordon.[2] Ben Gordon signed with the Detroit Pistons on July 1, 2009.[3]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2009 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 16 James Johnson F  United States Wake Forest
1 26 Taj Gibson F  United States USC

Free agency[edit]

On July 13, 2009, the Bulls signed guard Jannero Pargo to a one-year deal, helping to fill the void Ben Gordon made in leaving the team.[4] On July 14, the Bulls re-signed guard Lindsey Hunter with a one-year contract.[5]

Regular season summary[edit]

On January 25, 2010, the Bulls traded center Aaron Gray for guard Devin Brown of the New Orleans Hornets. On February 18, 2010, the Bulls traded guard John Salmons for forwards Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander of the Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, the Bulls traded forward Tyrus Thomas for guards Ronald Murray and Acie Law of the Charlotte Bobcats.[6]

Roster[edit]

Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 20 United States Alexander, Joe (IN) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) West Virginia
G/F 32 United States Brown, Devin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Texas-San Antonio
F 9 United Kingdom Deng, Luol (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
F 22 United States Gibson, Taj 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Southern California
G 12 United States Hinrich, Kirk (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
F 16 United States Johnson, James 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Wake Forest
F 31 United States Kurz, Rob (IN) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Notre Dame
G 0 United States Law, Acie (IN) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Texas A&M
F/C 52 United States Miller, Brad 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 261 lb (118 kg) Purdue
G 6 United States Murray, Ronald 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Shaw
F/C 13 United States Noah, Joakim 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Florida
G 2 United States Pargo, Jannero 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Arkansas
F/C 35 United States Richard, Chris 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 256 lb (116 kg) Florida
G 1 United States Rose, Derrick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Memphis
F/C 21 United States Warrick, Hakim 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 219 lb (99 kg) Syracuse
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)

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

Pre-season[edit]

2009 pre-season game log
2009–10 pre-season schedule

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
z-Cleveland Cavaliers 61 21 .744 35–6 26–15 12–4
x-Milwaukee Bucks 46 36 .561 17 28–13 18–23 10–6
x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 22 24–17 17–24 10–6
Indiana Pacers 32 50 .390 29 23–18 9–32 6–10
Detroit Pistons 27 55 .329 34 17–24 10–31 2–14
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 61 21 .744
2 y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 2
3 x-Atlanta Hawks 53 29 .646 8
4 y-Boston Celtics 50 32 .610 11
5 x-Miami Heat 47 35 .573 14
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 46 36 .561 15
7 x-Charlotte Bobcats 44 38 .537 17
8 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 20
9 Toronto Raptors 40 42 .488 21
10 Indiana Pacers 32 50 .390 29
11 New York Knicks 29 53 .354 32
12 Detroit Pistons 27 55 .329 34
13 Philadelphia 76ers 27 55 .329 34
14 Washington Wizards 26 56 .317 35
15 New Jersey Nets 12 70 .146 49


Game log[edit]

2009–10 game log Total: 41–41 (Home: 24–17; Road: 17–24)
2009–10 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

The Bulls managed to clinch the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference over the Toronto Raptors near the final day of the regular season. This marked the fifth time in six years Chicago has made the playoffs. With the lowest seed they faced the number one ranked Cleveland Cavaliers. Poised to win a championship LeBron James and the Cavs defeated the Bulls 4 games to 1 with the over-matched Bulls making a valiant effort in game 5, losing 96-94.

Game log[edit]

2010 playoff game log Total: 1–4 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–3)
2010 playoff schedule

Player statistics[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

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Joe Alexander1 8 0 3.6 .167 .000 .667 .6 .3 .1 .1 .5
Devin Brown1 11 0 8.5 .222 .235 .000 1.4 .6 .3 .1 1.8
Luol Deng 70 69 37.9 .466 .386 .764 7.3 2.0 .9 .9 17.6
Taj Gibson 82 70 26.9 .494 0.0 .646 7.5 0.9 0.6 1.3 9.0
Kirk Hinrich 74 53 33.5 .409 .371 .752 3.5 4.5 1.2 .3 10.9
James Johnson 65 11 11.6 .452 .326 .729 2.0 .7 .3 .7 3.9
Acie Law1 12 1 11.3 .467 .333 .741 1.2 1.3 .3 .0 5.5
Brad Miller 82 37 23.8 .430 .280 .827 4.9 1.9 .5 .4 8.8
Ronald Murray1 29 1 23.4 .397 .311 .762 2.9 1.8 .6 .1 10.1
Joakim Noah 64 54 30.1 .504 .000 .744 11.0 2.1 .5 1.6 10.7
Jannero Pargo 63 5 13.2 .346 .275 .933 1.2 1.4 .5 .0 5.5
Chris Richard 18 0 12.4 .517 .000 .636 3.3 .4 .4 .2 2.1
Derrick Rose 78 78 36.8 .489 .267 .766 3.8 6.0 .7 .4 20.8
Hakim Warrick1 28 0 19.0 .483 .000 .755 3.6 .6 .2 .3 8.7

1Stats with the Bulls.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Joe Alexander 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 0
Devin Brown 1 0 2.0 1.000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
Luol Deng 5 5 40.6 .463 .083 .731 5.0 1.4 1.4 .8 18.8
Taj Gibson 5 5 29.0 .421 0.0 .545 7.0 .6 .2 .8 7.6
Kirk Hinrich 5 5 39.2 .423 .500 .714 4.4 4.0 1.4 .0 12.4
James Johnson 4 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 .3 .3 .0 .0 .0
Acie Law 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 0
Brad Miller 5 0 18.6 .370 .000 1.000 3.6 .8 .0 .0 5.4
Ronald Murray 5 0 19.4 .405 .333 1.000 2.6 2.0 .4 .0 8.4
Joakim Noah 5 5 36.6 .528 .000 .947 13.0 2.6 1.4 1.4 14.8
Jannero Pargo 2 0 4.0 .200 .500 .000 .0 .5 .0 .0 1.5
Chris Richard 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .0 .0 .0
Derrick Rose 5 5 42.4 .471 .333 .777 3.2 7.2 .8 .0 26.0
Hakim Warrick 3 0 10.3 .182 .000 .833 1.7 .0 .0 .0 3.0

Awards, records and milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Joakim Noah was named the Bulls CDW/HP Solutions Player of the Month for November.[7]
  • Derrick Rose was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of December 28.[8]
  • Derrick Rose was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for April. During this month, he averaged 25.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7 assists.[9]

All-Star[edit]

  • Derrick Rose selected to Eastern Conference All-Star Team as a reserve.

Season[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

First team to win five consecutive games over opponents over .500 on the road

Injuries and surgeries[edit]

  • On September 29, Aaron Gray suffered a stress fracture of his left fibula. This was determined after he developed a lower leg pain the week of September 26 and he was projected to miss six-eight weeks.[11][12] On November 16, Gray, still out because of the stress fracture, was admitted to the hospital because of fluid build-up in his right knee.[13] Gray returned to the line-up to make his season début November 26 against the Utah Jazz.[14]
  • On November 6, Tyrus Thomas fractured his left radius during a weight training session. He underwent surgery on November 7 and is projected to miss four to six weeks of the season.[12][15]
  • On November 25, Kirk Hinrich sprained his left thumb during practice. Though initially feared to be a similar injury the previous season where he tore the ligaments of his right thumb, an MRI and subsequent examinations confirmed it to only be a sprain and he will only miss one to two weeks.[16][17]

Transactions[edit]

Chicago Bulls Players Added

Via Draft

Via Free Agency

Via Trade

Players Lost

Via Free Agency

Waived

Via Buyout

Via Trade

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulls name Forman GM". 2009-05-20. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Forman wants to re-sign Gordon". ESPNChicago.com. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  3. ^ http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/07/01/pistons.signings/index.html
  4. ^ "Bulls add G Pargo with 1-year deal". ESPNChicago.com. 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  5. ^ Stein, Marc (2009-07-14). "Chicago Bulls re-sign veteran guard Lindsey Hunter". ESPNChicago.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Noah named CDW/HP Solutions Player of the Month". Bulls.com. December 2, 2009. Archived from the original on 10 December 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ http://basketball.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/63811/20100104/rose_durant_named_players_of_the_week/
  9. ^ "Bulls' Rose, OKC's Durant named Players of Month for April". NBA.com. April 16, 2010. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Evans, Jennings, Curry unanimous All-Rookie team picks". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 30, 2010. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ K.C. Johnson (September 29, 2009). "Stress fracture sidelines Bulls' Gray". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Bulls.com (November 16, 2009). "Athletico Injury Report". Bulls.com. Archived from the original on November 21, 2009. 
  13. ^ John Jackson (November 18, 2009). "Bulls notes". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 20 November 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  14. ^ John Jackson (November 28, 2009). "Blown-away Bulls lineup limps back home". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 1 December 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Tyrus Thomas out 4-6 weeks with broken arm". Bulls.com. November 6, 2009. Archived from the original on 9 November 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2009. 
  16. ^ Nick Friedell (November 29, 2009). "Bulls' Hinrich doubtful against Bucks". ESPNChicago.com. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich expected to miss 1-2 weeks". Bulls.com. November 30, 2009. Archived from the original on 1 December 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 

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