2011–12 Chicago Bulls season

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2011–12 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Tom Thibodeau
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 50–16 (.758)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish Lost in the First Round to Philadelphia (2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CSN Chicago, WGN America, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV
Radio WMVP
< 2010–11 2012–13 >

The 2011–12 Chicago Bulls season was the 46th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Bulls finished the lockout-shortened season with a 50–16 record and ended as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference for a second consecutive season. Chicago started their playoff run on April 28, taking Game 1 of the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center. However, that victory was marred with the season-ending injury of point guard and reigning MVP Derrick Rose, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the final minutes of the game.[1] Chicago then lost three games in a row and were also without the services of starting center Joakim Noah for Games 4 and 5 of the series following an injury in his left ankle during Game 3 in Philadelphia.[2] The Bulls managed to win one more game at home before losing the series 2–4 in Philadelphia and became the fifth number one seed in league history to lose a playoffs series against a number eight seed.[3]

Key dates[edit]

Summary[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2011 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 23 Nikola Mirotić F  Spain Real Madrid (Spain)
1 30 Jimmy Butler G/F  United States Marquette

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
C 3 Aşık, Ömer 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1986–07–04 Turkey
F 5 Boozer, Carlos 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 266 lb (121 kg) 1981–11–20 Duke
G 11 Brewer, Ronnie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 227 lb (103 kg) 1985–03–20 Arkansas
G/F 21 Butler, Jimmy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–09–14 Marquette
F 9 Deng, Luol (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1985–04–16 Duke
F 22 Gibson, Taj 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–06–24 Southern California
G 32 Hamilton, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1978–02–14 Connecticut
G 8 James, Mike 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1975–06–23 Duquesne
G/F 26 Korver, Kyle 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1981–03–17 Creighton
G 15 Lucas, John III 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1982–11–21 Oklahoma State
C 13 Noah, Joakim 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) 1985–02–25 Florida
G 1 Rose, Derrick (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1988–10–04 Memphis
F 24 Scalabrine, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1978–03–18 Southern California
G 7 Watson, C. J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1984–04–17 Tennessee
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Fred Tedeschi
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
  • Erik Helland

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Joakim Noah Ömer Aşık
PF Carlos Boozer Taj Gibson Brian Scalabrine
SF Luol Deng Kyle Korver Jimmy Butler
SG Richard Hamilton Ronnie Brewer
PG Derrick Rose C. J. Watson John Lucas III
Mike James

Pre-season[edit]

2011 pre-season game log
2011–12 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
z-Chicago Bulls 50 16 .758 26–7 24–9 13–1
x-Indiana Pacers 42 24 .636 8 23–10 19–14 9–4
Milwaukee Bucks 31 35 .470 19 17–16 14–19 7–8
Detroit Pistons 25 41 .379 25 18–15 7–26 4–11
Cleveland Cavaliers 21 45 .318 29 11–22 10–23 3–12
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 50 16 .758
2 y-Miami Heat 46 20 .697 4
3 x-Indiana Pacers 42 24 .636 8
4 y-Boston Celtics 39 27 .591 11
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 40 26 .606 10
6 x-Orlando Magic 37 29 .561 13
7 x-New York Knicks 36 30 .545 14
8 x-Philadelphia 76ers 35 31 .530 15
9 Milwaukee Bucks 31 35 .470 19
10 Detroit Pistons 25 41 .379 25
11 Toronto Raptors 23 43 .348 27
12 New Jersey Nets 22 44 .333 28
13 Cleveland Cavaliers 21 45 .318 29
14 Washington Wizards 20 46 .303 30
15 Charlotte Bobcats 7 59 .106 43

Game log[edit]

2011–12 game log
Total: 50–16 (Home: 26–7; Road: 24–9)
2011–12 season 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
Ömer Aşık 66 2 14.7 .506 .000 .456 5.3 0.5 0.45 1.03 3.1
Carlos Boozer 66 66 29.5 .532 .000 .693 8.5 1.9 0.95 0.36 15.0
Ronnie Brewer 66 43 24.8 .427 .275 .560 3.5 2.1 1.09 0.32 6.9
Jimmy Butler 42 0 8.5 .405 .185 .768 1.3 0.3 0.26 0.12 2.6
Luol Deng 54 54 39.4 .412 .367 .770 6.5 2.9 1.04 0.67 15.3
Taj Gibson 63 0 20.4 .495 .000 .622 5.3 0.7 0.43 1.29 7.7
Richard Hamilton 28 28 24.9 .452 .370 .784 2.4 3.0 0.43 0.04 11.6
Mike James[a] 11 0 10.9 .408 .600 .875 0.9 2.6 0.36 0.18 4.8
Kyle Korver 65 7 22.6 .432 .435 .833 2.4 1.7 0.55 0.23 8.1
John Lucas 49 2 14.8 .399 .393 .867 1.6 2.2 0.39 0.02 7.5
Joakim Noah 64 64 30.4 .508 .000 .748 9.8 2.5 0.64 1.44 10.2
Derrick Rose 39 39 35.3 .435 .312 .812 3.4 7.9 0.90 0.72 21.8
Brian Scalabrine 28 0 4.4 .467 .143 .500 0.8 0.5 0.18 0.21 1.1
C. J. Watson 49 25 23.7 .368 .393 .808 2.1 4.1 0.92 0.16 9.7
  • a Statistics with the Chicago Bulls.[9]

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2012 playoff game log
2012 playoff schedule

Playoff statistics[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Ömer Aşık 6 3 21.3 .500 .353 4.7 1.3 .2 1.6 3.3
Carlos Boozer 6 6 33.3 .422 .714 9.8 3.0 .8 .3 13.5
Ronnie Brewer 5 0 16.6 .250 .000 3.8 1.8 .8 .2 1.6
Jimmy Butler 3 0 1.3 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Luol Deng 6 6 38.0 .456 .364 .571 8.3 1.5 .8 1.5 14.0
Taj Gibson 6 0 22.8 .457 .682 6.5 .7 .7 1.7 9.5
Richard Hamilton 6 6 28.5 .414 .333 .818 3.2 3.0 .2 .0 13.0
Kyle Korver 6 0 15.7 .409 .308 .500 1.7 1.5 .5 .5 3.8
John Lucas 5 0 18.8 .450 .385 1.000 1.4 1.8 .0 .0 8.6
Joakim Noah 3 3 15.0 .731 .636 9.3 3.0 .7 1.3 15.0
Derrick Rose 1 1 37.0 .391 .500 1.000 9.0 9.0 1.0 1.0 23.0
C. J. Watson 6 5 27.3 .241 .250 .750 2.2 5.5 .8 .0 7.3

Awards, records and milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • On January 16, Derrick Rose was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (January 9 – January 15)[10]
  • Coach Tom Thibodeau was named Coach of the Month for December–January.[11]
  • Coach Tom Thibodeau was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for March, 2012.[12]

All-Star[edit]

  • Derrick Rose was voted as an All-Star for the 3rd consecutive time, 2nd consecutive time as a starter.[13]
  • Luol Deng was voted as an All-Star reserve for the 1st time.[14]
  • Coach Tom Thibodeau was selected as Head Coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars.[15]

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via free agency

Waived

Trades[edit]

June 23, 2011 To Chicago Bulls
Draft rights to Nikola Mirotić
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Draft rights to Norris Cole
Draft rights to Malcolm Lee
Cash Considerations

Free agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Jamaal Magloire December 9 Miami Heat
Rasual Butler December 10 Chicago Bulls
Aaron Gray December 11 New Orleans Hornets
Anthony Carter December 12 New York Knicks
Gary Forbes December 14 Denver Nuggets
Subtractions
Player Date signed New team
Reggie Evans December 22 Los Angeles Clippers

Many players signed with teams from other leagues due to the 2011 NBA lockout. FIBA allows players under NBA contracts to sign and play for teams from other leagues if the contracts have opt-out clauses that allow the players to return to the NBA if the lockout ends.[16] The Chinese Basketball Association, however, only allows its clubs to sign foreign free agents who could play for at least the entire season.[17]

Played in other leagues during lockout
Player Date signed New team Opt-out clause
Rasual Butler August 22 Gran Canaria (Spain) No
Brian Scalabrine September 22 Benetton Treviso (Italy) No
Joey Dorsey September 26 Caja Laboral (Spain) No
Alexis Ajinça November 10 Hyères-Toulon (France) Yes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bulls' Derrick Rose tears ACL, ESPN.com, April 29, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. ^ Joakim Noah injured in Game 3, ESPN.com. May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
  3. ^ 76ers Upset Bulls To Advance To Second Round, The Sports Network. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Report: NBA draft moving to Newark". ESPN.com. October 27, 2010. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Bulls announce 2011–12 schedule". nba.com/bulls. July 19, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Mahoney, Brian (December 2, 2011). "Shorter NBA schedule has 42 back-to-back-to-backs". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Bulls take 102-101 OT victory over Raptors, Chicago Tribune. March 24, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  8. ^ Bulls bench strong in overcoming Heat 96-86, Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "Bulls stats". nba.com/bulls. 
  10. ^ http://www.nba.com/2012/news/01/16/rose-bryant-pow/index.html
  11. ^ http://www.nba.com/2012/news/02/01/coaches-of-the-month/index.html
  12. ^ http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/bulls-thibodeau-named-nba-eastern-conference-coach-month-march.html
  13. ^ http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/02/02/east-starters-no-rest-for-the-awesome
  14. ^ http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/09/east-reserves/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1
  15. ^ Tom Thibodeau to coach East at ASG, ESPN.com, February 15, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  16. ^ "FIBA: NBA stars can play overseas". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. July 30, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  17. ^ Sun Xiaochen (August 21, 2011). "New rule shuts door on NBA stars". China Daily. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011.