2014–15 Chicago Bulls season

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2014–15 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Tom Thibodeau
General manager Gar Forman
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 14–8 (.636)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finish TBD

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CSN Chicago
WGN
WPWR
Radio WMVP
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The 2014–15 Chicago Bulls season is the franchise's 49th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA),[1] and fifth under head coach Tom Thibodeau.[2]

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2014 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Club
1 16 Jusuf Nurkić C  Bosnia and Herzegovina Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)
1 19 Gary Harris SG  United States Michigan State
2 49 Cameron Bairstow PF  Australia New Mexico
      Made roster  

Summer League[edit]

Game log[edit]

2014 Summer League game log
Total: 4–1 (Home: 1–1; Road: 3–0)
2014–15 season schedule

Game summaries[edit]

Tony Snell was one of two Bulls players named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team.

In their first game of the 2014 NBA Summer League, the Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Clippers.[3] The Bulls would defeat the Denver Nuggets the next day.[4] In a blowout, the Bulls defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in their third game.[5]

After going 3–0, Chicago would advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.[6] Following a First Round bye, the Bulls defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the Second Round.[7] However, the Bulls would be defeated in the quarterfinals by the eventual champions, the Sacramento Kings.[8] Doug McDermott would sit out for the game due to an injury in his left foot.[9]

On July 20, McDermott and Tony Snell were named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team.[10]

Roster changes[edit]

Player signings[edit]

Pau Gasol was signed on July 18.

On July 18, the Bulls signed 13-year veteran Pau Gasol and Real Madrid player Nikola Mirotić.[11][12] Gasol received a three-year, $22 million deal,[13] while Mirotić's contract was reported to be a three-year, $16.6 million deal.[14] Then, on July 21, Kirk Hinrich was re-signed,[15] whose contract was a two-year, $5.5 million deal.[16] The next day, Aaron Brooks signed with the Bulls.[17]

On September 18, the Bulls signed E'Twaun Moore.[18] Nazr Mohammed was re-signed on September 22.[19] The Bulls finalized its training camp roster with the additions of Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, and Solomon Jones on September 26.[20]

Trades[edit]

On June 26, the Bulls acquired the draft rights to McDermott, the 11th pick in the NBA Draft, and Anthony Randolph from the Nuggets, who received the draft rights of Jusuf Nurkić and Gary Harris, as well as a 2015 second-round draft pick.[21] In a trade with the Orlando Magic on July 14, the Bulls gained the draft rights to Milovan Raković, while Randolph, 2015 and 2016 second-round draft picks, and cash considerations were sent to the Magic.[22] On the same day, the Bulls acquired the draft rights to Tadija Dragićević from the Dallas Mavericks, who received Greg Smith.[23]

Player departures[edit]

Carlos Boozer was waived on July 17.

On June 21, Tornike Shengelia, being an unrestricted free agent, went overseas, signing with Saski Baskonia.[24] D. J. Augustin signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons on July 15.[25] On the same day, the Bulls waived Lou Amundson, Ronnie Brewer, and Mike James.[26] The Bulls would then waive 12-year veteran and two-time NBA All-Star Carlos Boozer on July 17.[27] On July 24, Jimmer Fredette signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[28]

Events[edit]

After having an arthroscopic left knee surgery, Joakim Noah reported that he was "doing well" in rehabilitation on June 27.[29] On August 8, Guy Rodgers, who spent one season with the Bulls, was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[30] Ronald Dupree, who played for the 2003–04 Chicago Bulls, announced his retirement on September 8.[31] Additionally, Caldwell Jones, who played for the 1984–85 Chicago Bulls, passed away on September 21.[32]

Tom Thibodeau (right) was selected as an assistant coach for the 2014 United States FIBA Basketball World Cup team.

It was announced on July 22 that Jimmy Butler and McDermott would play on the 2014 U.S. Select Team.[33] The Bulls' team captain Derrick Rose participated in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup representing the United States men's national basketball team; head coach Tom Thibodeau was also part of the team as an assistant coach.[34][35]

Gasol, another Bulls' player, played for the Spain national basketball team in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[36] Bairstow also played in the World Cup, competing for the Australia national basketball team.[37] On September 14, Gasol was named to the All-Tournament Team.[38]

On August 11, the Bulls released the 2014–15 preseason schedule for the team.[39] Chicago's 2014–15 regular season schedule was released on August 13.[40] On September 12, the Bulls opened a new training facility called the Advocate Center next to the United Center, replacing the Berto Center in Deerfield, Illinois.[41]

Joakim Noah threw out a couple of ceremonial first pitches at White Sox and Cubs games.

Noah threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game on September 11.[42] The White Sox dubbed their September 13 game vs. the Minnesota Twins as "Bulls Night", welcoming Bulls fans to the ballpark.[43] On September 17, Noah also threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game.[44]

On September 23, Rose donated $1 million to After School Matters, a non-profit organization based in Chicago.[45] The Bulls began selling tickets to the public on September 26.[46] On September 28, Brooks threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals.[47]

Broadcasting[edit]

On September 11, the 2014–15 television schedule was released.[48] CSN Chicago was selected to broadcast a total of 42 regular season games and six preseason games.[48] On the other hand, WGN-TV will televise 22 regular season games and the remaining two preseason games.[48] Furthermore, WPWR-TV, a station that will replace WCIU-TV for broadcasting rights, will broadcast six regular season games.[48][49] Throughout the Bulls' regular season, 30 games were selected to be nationally-televised.[48] The 30 games were split between ESPN (10), TNT (10), ABC (5), and NBA TV (5).[48] WGN America, WGN-TV's superstation feed, announced it would discontinue its national simulcasts of Bulls games in December 2014 as part of a gradual format change.[50]

Training camp[edit]

On September 15, the Bulls released their training camp schedule.[51] There would be a total of ten practice sessions from September 30 to October 5.[51] Training camp began for the Bulls on September 29 with Media Day at their new Advocate Center.[20] In a scrimmage on September 30, Rose, Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Gasol, and Noah were selected as starters.[52] On October 1, Thibodeau said to reporters that he believed that Mirotić was impressive,[53] and Noah called him a "secret weapon".[54]

Mike Dunleavy, Jr. (pictured) helped in the development of rookie Doug McDermott at training camp.

After receiving a day off, training camp resumed on October 4, Rose's birthday, when he was cited for having his best practice of the season.[55] Meanwhile, Dunleavy helped rookie McDermott fix issues of staying inbounds for corner 3-pointers.[56] Commenting on the team's two rookies, Thibodeau said, "[McDermott] and [Mirotic] have done a good job."[56] Furthermore, Noah said that he would wear a knee brace on his left knee which was surgically repaired during the offseason.[57] On October 5, Rose commented that the Bulls are "a dangerous team."[58] In an ESPN power ranking, Chicago was rated number three behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (number two) and the San Antonio Spurs (number one).[59]

Analysis[edit]

Following the NBA draft, Bleacher Report gave the Bulls a "B".[60] Additionally, USA Today would give a slightly better grade with a "B+".[61] In regard to the McDermott acquisition, James Tillman of HoopsHabit.com assessed a "B" grade to the team.[62] Yahoo! Sports graded the Bulls performance at the draft a "C+".[63] Sporting News assessed a "C" to Chicago.[64] SB Nation graded the first-round draft picks with three categories: upside, fit, and immediate impact.[65] The Bulls' McDermott was assessed a "C" in upside, "A" in fit, and "A" in immediate impact."[65]

CSN Houston assessed an "A+", calling the McDermott pick a steal.[66] The Cincinnati Enquirer would give two "B+" grades each for the Bulls' drafting of McDermott and Bairstow.[67] The Plain Dealer would give Chicago a "B+".[68] Philly.com gave a "B+" for the Bulls.[69] CSN New England gave a "B" grade.[70]

In a July 13 report card, Bleacher Report assessed an "A" to Chicago's trade for McDermott, the drafting of Bairstow a "B-", and the signing of Gasol a "A-".[71] Then, in a HoopsHabit.com August 8 report card, the signing of Gasol was downgraded to a "B+", the McDermott acquisition a "B", the signing of Mirotić a "C+", and the Aaron Brooks signing a "C".[72] On August 12, Deseret News gave out an overall grade of "A".[73]

Bleacher Report would give position-by-position grades on the Bulls' training camp roster.[74] At the point guard position, an "A" grade was given.[74] For the shooting guards, they were rated an above average grade of "B".[74] However, the small forwards were given a "C+".[74] The power forwards were given an "A" mostly due to the addition of Gasol.[74] Lastly, the center position was given a "B+".[74]

In an NBA.com offseason report card, the Bulls were given an "A-" grade.[75]

Standings[edit]

Summer League[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Central Division[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
Cleveland Cavaliers 5 2 .714 4–1 1–1 3–0 7
Detroit Pistons 5 2 .714 3–0 2–2 2–0 7
Chicago Bulls 4 4 .500 1.5 3–2 1–2 1–2 8
Indiana Pacers 3 4 .429 2.0 2–1 1–3 0–1 7
Milwaukee Bucks 3 4 .429 2.0 1–2 2–2 0–3 7


Eastern Conference[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Central Division[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
Chicago Bulls 15 9 .625 0.0 4–5 11–4 2–2 24
Cleveland Cavaliers 14 10 .583 1.0 8–5 6–5 3–0 24
Milwaukee Bucks 13 12 .520 2.5 7–4 6–8 3–3 25
Indiana Pacers 8 17 .320 7.5 5–8 3–9 1–2 25
Detroit Pistons 5 20 .200 10.5 2–11 3–9 1–3 25


Eastern Conference[edit]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

Detailed records[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Game log[edit]

2014 pre-season game log
Total: 4–4 (Home: 3–2; Road: 1–2)
2014–15 pre-season schedule

Game summaries[edit]

On October 6, Chicago would begin its preseason in the United Center against the Washington Wizards, the very team that eliminated the Bulls in five games in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.[78] In the midst of a 12-game win streak in preseason games, it ended with an 81–85 loss to the Wizards.[79] At one point in the game, Noah and Wizards' forward Paul Pierce were in a brief scuffle with each other.[80] The confrontation had occurred after Pierce committed a hard foul on Butler, leading Thibodeau to try to break them up.[81] The game was televised locally on CSN Chicago.[82] After the game, Noah and Pierce were fined $15,000 each, and four Wizards players were suspended for one regular season game for leaving the bench.[83]

The Bulls played their rival, the Detroit Pistons in a preseason game at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

In the next game, the Bulls met their divisional rival, the Detroit Pistons, at The Palace of Auburn Hills on October 7. Unfortunately, the Bulls would lose in overtime, being defeated 109–111.[84] Thibodeau played it safe and sat Noah out of the game against the Pistons.[85] While the game was televised locally on CSN Chicago, it was also televised nationally on NBA TV.[86]

On October 11, the Bulls' next opponent would be the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Chicago defeated the Bucks 91–85 for their first victory of the preseason. Gasol led the way, accumulating a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.[87] However, Dunleavy would miss the game due to left knee soreness.[88] The game was televised on WGN and NBA TV.[89]

For the Bulls fourth preseason game, they played the Denver Nuggets at home on October 13. In the game, Chicago had trailed by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but to come back to tie the game at the end of the half.[90] The Bulls would have their way in the second half, outscoring Denver 81–40.[90] With Butler scoring 21 points, the Bulls defeated the Nuggets in a 110–90 blowout victory.[91] Dunleavy returned to play with Chicago after missing the previous game.[92] The game was broadcast on CSN Chicago.[93]

Chicago would start the second half of the preseason playing the Atlanta Hawks on October 16. The Bulls barely managed to defeat the Hawks by a score of 85–84 after Butler drained a three-point buzzer beater at the end of the game.[94] Dunleavy would miss his second preseason game after slipping on a wet spot at a practice session the day before.[95] Instead, McDermott would start for Dunleavy.[96] The game was televised locally on CSN Chicago.[97]

Kirk Hinrich (right) led the Bulls to their fourth consecutive preseason victory.

On October 19, the Bulls played the Charlotte Hornets in what would be Chicago's sixth preseason game. Despite a dangerous Hornets surge in the fourth quarter, the Bulls were successful in defeating Charlotte by a score of 101–96.[98] It was aired locally on WGN and nationally on NBA TV.[99] Following a slipping incident, Dunleavy would return to action once more.[100] However, Butler would sprain his left thumb in the game.[101]

The next day, Chicago met up with divisional opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who saw the return of LeBron James, and would play at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.[102] Butler would sit out due to the injury that he sustained the day before.[103] Even though Rose scored 30 points, the Bulls were not able to defeat the Cavaliers, losing 98–107.[104] The game was broadcast locally on CSN Chicago and nationally on NBA TV.[105]

In its last preseason game, Chicago played the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 24 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.[106] The Bulls would lose by a score of 112–113 after the Timberwolves came back from being down by 13 points.[107] Butler would miss his second game while recovering from his injury.[108] The game was televised locally on CSN Chicago.[109]

Events[edit]

On October 8, Thibodeau gathered the players for a two-hour practice session on a day that was originally scheduled to be an off-day.[110] In the same day, Noah purchased a new home in Lincoln Park.[111] Thibodeau allowed Rose to rest during an October 9 practice session, because he had lower body soreness.[112] The next day on October 10, Rose would return to practice.[113] Thibodeau said, "[Rose was] doing well."[114]

Regular season[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Buildup[edit]

Performance in the previous five seasons
Season Record Postseason Seeding
2009–10 41–41 First Round 8th
2010–11 62–20 Conference Finals 1st
2011–12 50–16 First Round 1st
2012–13 45–37 Conference Semifinals 5th
2013–14 48–34 First Round 4th

The Cleveland Cavaliers, being named as a serious championship contender, was said to be challenged by the Bulls.[115] The reason was due to the Bulls' depth, defense, the addition of Gasol, and a healthy Rose.[115] On October 1, Bleacher Report released an article stating that Rose and Butler were ranked number five as one of the best backcourts for the 2014–15 season.[116]

In a pre-training camp article from Bleacher Report, the Bulls were predicted to go 58–24 for the regular season.[117] Also before training camp, head coach Thibodeau was ranked number two in a Bleacher Report power ranking, being only behind Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.[118] In a USA Today article on October 2, the Bulls were projected to go 57–25, which is one win less than the Bleacher Report prediction, and would place the Bulls as number six in their "NBA Watchability Rankings" list.[119] On the next day, a Bleacher Report article gave an 11/2 chance for the Bulls to win the NBA championship.[120]

On September 30, ESPN sportswriter Brian Windhorst cited several long-term problems with the Chicago Bulls with age and injury being a big issue.[121] However, he did say that the addition of Gasol and McDermott "[is] the perfect antidote for the Bulls' offensive woes [the previous] season."[121] Cody Westerlund, a sports editor for CBS Chicago.com, said that McDermott's playing time will be determined by his defense.[122]

The 13th annual general managers' survey was released on October 22.[123] In the survey, the Bulls garnered 11.5% of the vote as being favored to win the NBA championship.[123] Meanwhile, Noah received 35.7% of the votes as the regular season's predicted Defensive Player of the Year.[123] McDermott was regarded by 14.3% of general managers as the biggest steal of the draft.[124] Thibodeau was voted by 92.9% of general managers as the coach with "the best defensive schemes."[124]

October–November[edit]

Derrick Rose would sprain his left ankle on Halloween, and would miss several games. This was after having a torn ACL in his left knee in the 2011–12 season and a torn meniscus in his right knee the previous season.[125][126]

In their season opener on October 29, the Bulls defeated rival New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.[127] Winning in a 104–80 blowout, Taj Gibson would be the leading scorer with 22 points.[127] In Week 1 of Scott Howard-Cooper's Rookie Ladder, Mirotić and McDermott would be ranked numbers six and eight respectively.[128] On October 31, before their Halloween game, the Bulls were unable to deal a new contract with Butler before the deadline, which would make him a restricted free agent during the 2015 offseason.[129] That night, Chicago's home opener would enter overtime, where the Bulls lost 108–114.[130] During the game, Gibson would face an injury scare, while Rose would leave the court in the fourth quarter due to a sprained left ankle.[130][131] Entering November having split the first pair of games, Chicago played the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. After missing two weeks, Butler was expected to miss another two-to-four weeks,[132] but he returned to play against the Timberwolves.[133] In the last second of the game, the Bulls were down by one when Butler was fouled by Andrew Wiggins and would make both free throws to take the lead and win by a score of 106–105.[134] At the end of the first week of the season, ESPN would drop the Bulls from number three to number five in the power rankings due to Rose's injury.[135]

On November 4, the Bulls took on the Orlando Magic. Even though Noah would miss the game with an illness,[136] Chicago would win 98–90 with Butler scoring 21 points.[137] In their fifth game of the regular season, the Bulls would play and defeat the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center by a score of 95–86.[138] While Noah missed his second game, Rose would return from his ankle injury.[139] Rose's ankle injury would result in the cover of the November 5 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times calling him "Damaged goods."[140] In the Week 2 version of the Rookie Ladder, Mirotić would rise to the fifth rank while McDermott stayed at number eight.[141] On November 7, with Rose on the inactive list, Dunleavy would lead the way for the Bulls to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 118–115 at the Wells Fargo Center.[142] The next day, Chicago would defeated for the second time in the season against the Boston Celtics, 101–106.[143] In the ESPN power rankings, the Bulls fell to the number six rank.[144]

After facing difficulties with his ankles, Rose would return to action on November 10 and would help the Bulls defeat the Detroit Pistons by a score of 102–91.[145] In the Week 3 edition of the Rookie Ladder, McDermott would fall to the number nine rank and Mirotić would fall out of the ladder altogether.[146] On November 13, Chicago would defeat the Toronto Raptors in the Air Canada Centre at the expense of Rose.[147] He would leave in the fourth quarter because of an injured left hamstring.[148] In a postgame conference, Noah would defend Rose by saying "everybody needs to chill…out."[149] Gasol would also defend him, saying "Everyone has [Rose's] back."[150] On November 14, it was reported by CBS Sports that Rose suffered a mild strain and that an MRI was unnecessary, calling it a day-to-day injury.[151] The Bulls–Pacers rivalry would continue in Chicago's final home game of the month on November 15, as it was defeated by the injury-stricken Indiana Pacers, even though Butler scored a career-high 32 points.[152] Chicago would continue to fall in the power rankings, being ranked number seven.[153]

Sixth man Taj Gibson would suffer his first injury of the 2014–15 season with a sprained ankle on November 21, 2014, against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chicago's circus trip began on November 17. As put by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Clippers were "Bull-dozed" when Chicago won by a score of 105–89.[154] Gasol would not play due to a strained calf and Rose would continue to miss games because of his strained hamstring.[155][156] On Week 4 of the Rookie Ladder, McDermott rose to the number seven rank.[157] In the first game of a back-to-back, the Bulls would be dealt their first loss on the road by the upstart Sacramento Kings on November 20.[158] The next day, Business Insider called Rose's contract with the Bulls "a nightmare" for the organization, mentioning that he had only played in five of the first 12 games of the season and that he's being paid the most money on the team.[159] On the second night of a back-to-back, the Bulls were given a frustrating loss by the Portland Trail Blazers.[160] During the game, Dunleavy was called for a Flagrant I when Damian Lillard was attempting to shoot a three-pointer.[161] This would result in a skirmish and technical fouls being called on Blazer Wesley Matthews and Brooks.[161] Furthermore, Gibson would suffer a sprained ankle in the third quarter and would not come back to the court; Hinrich would be out with a chest contusion.[162][163] Due Chicago's continuing struggles, the Bulls declined to the number nine rank of the power rankings.[164]

On November 24, the Bulls would defeat the Utah Jazz.[165] After a returning Gasol made one-of-two free throws with 3.2 seconds left in the game, Gordon Hayward would miss a three pointer at the end of the game, giving the Bulls a 97–95 win.[165] Rose would also return for the Bulls, scoring 18 points in the game.[166] The next day, Chicago lost to the Denver Nuggets by a score of 109–114.[167] In the game, Hinrich would return from his chest injury to play.[168] Furthermore, Noah would join Gibson on the injured list as he sat out with a sore left knee and an eye abrasion.[169] In the first half, Rose would leave the game as issues with his left hamstring resurfaced.[170] On November 26, Mirotić would return to the Rookie Ladder on Week 5 being ranked number ten while McDermott dropped out.[171] At TD Garden, the Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics behind Butler's 22 points, winning by a score of 109–102.[172] Besides Gibson who was still injured, Noah would return to play, accumulating 15 points and 14 rebounds.[173] On November 30, the Bulls would end its circus trip with a decisive 102–84 victory against the Brooklyn Nets.[174] Chicago would be led by Butler's 26 points and Gasol's 25 points.[174] The team would have its second winning record in its circus trip (4–3) since the retirement of Michael Jordan.[175] With the month of November closing, the Bulls would rise by one rank to be number eight in the power rankings.[175] Butler would receive recognition for his performance in the months of October and November and would be named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month.[176]

December[edit]

In its second overtime game of the regular season, Chicago was defeated by the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 129–132.[177] Unable to play, McDermott would be out with a right knee injury.[178] However, the Bulls would make up for the loss by winning their league-high tenth road game against the Charlotte Bobcats.[179] Six weeks in, Mirotić would rise to the eighth rank of the Rookie Ladder.[180] On December 6, Chicago was defeated by the strong Golden State Warriors, who won their twelfth-straight game.[181] With the first week of December completed, the Bulls would fall to the tenth rank of the power rankings.[182]

On December 10, the Bulls blew-out the Nets once again by defeating them 105–80.[183]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

Game log[edit]

2014–15 game log
Total: 15–9 (Home: 4–5; Road: 11–4)
2014–15 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
Sabremetrics
 TS%  True shooting percentage eFG% Effective field goal percentage ORB% Offensive rebound percentage
DRB% Defensive rebound percentage TRB% Total rebound percentage AST% Assist percentage
STL% Steal percentage BLK% Block percentage TOV% Turnover percentage
USG% Usage percentage ORtg Offensive rating DRtg Defensive rating
 PER  Player efficiency rating

Summer League[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bairstow, CameronCameron Bairstow 5 5 26.2 .531 1.000 .727 7.0 1.4 0.8 0.6 10.2
Baron, BillyBilly Baron 5 0 18.4 .257 .263 .556 3.4 2.4 1.2 0.0 5.6
Freeman, AustinAustin Freeman 5 0 20.0 .438 .273 .000 2.8 0.8 0.8 0.2 6.8
Gardner, DavanteDavante Gardner 4 0 3.3 .556 .400 .000 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Jones, LazericLazeric Jones 5 5 21.8 .514 .667 .800 2.4 4.6 1.0 0.2 10.8
McDermott, DougDoug McDermott 4 4 28.8 .442 .444 .957 4.0 2.8 0.0 0.8 18.0
Paul, BrandonBrandon Paul 0 0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Posthumus, ChadChad Posthumus 4 0 12.0 .400 .000 .500 2.5 0.3 0.3 0.3 3.3
Snell, TonyTony Snell 5 5 30.2 .466 .500 .833 4.0 2.8 0.8 0.6 20.0
Thomas, LanceLance Thomas 5 5 21.8 .583 .000 .769 4.4 0.4 0.4 0.2 7.6
Wear, DavidDavid Wear 5 0 14.6 .556 .600 1.000 2.0 0.2 0.8 0.2 4.8
Williams, KendallKendall Williams 5 1 12.0 .231 .500 1.000 1.2 0.8 1.0 0.0 2.0
Totals 5 .453 .423 .785 33.6 15.8 7.0 2.8 87.2

Source: NBA.com

Preseason[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bairstow, CameronCameron Bairstow 2 0 7.0 .000 .000 .250 2.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
Brooks, AaronAaron Brooks 8 0 19.5 .373 .385 1.000 1.4 2.6 0.8 0.1 8.1
Butler, JimmyJimmy Butler 6 6 25.9 .588 .200 .791 4.7 2.3 1.7 1.0 15.8
Dunleavy, Jr., MikeMike Dunleavy, Jr. 6 6 24.5 .425 .440 .929 4.3 0.3 0.7 0.2 9.7
English, KimKim English 0 0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Gasol, PauPau Gasol 8 8 27.5 .403 .667 .815 8.3 2.1 0.3 2.4 10.8
Gibson, TajTaj Gibson 8 1 26.4 .478 .000 .737 6.1 0.9 1.1 1.1 11.8
Hansbrough, BenBen Hansbrough 0 0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Hinrich, KirkKirk Hinrich 8 2 25.1 .407 .259 .800 1.4 3.3 0.6 0.1 7.9
Jones, SolomonSolomon Jones 2 0 11.5 .333 .000 .000 2.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.0
McDermott, DougDoug McDermott 8 2 25.6 .351 .286 .750 4.9 1.5 0.3 0.1 8.3
Mirotić, NikolaNikola Mirotić 8 0 16.6 .364 .350 .692 2.3 0.6 1.5 0.8 6.0
Mohammed, NazrNazr Mohammed 1 0 11.3 .000 .000 1.000 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Moore, E'TwaunE'Twaun Moore 2 0 1.1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Noah, JoakimJoakim Noah 7 7 23.6 .438 .000 .706 8.3 3.9 0.6 0.7 5.7
Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose 8 8 21.9 .484 .433 .844 3.5 2.9 0.4 0.0 16.5
Snell, TonyTony Snell 8 0 15.6 .289 .200 .667 2.5 0.6 0.3 0.0 4.4

Source: RealGM.com

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Technical and flagrant fouls[edit]

Game highs[edit]

Preseason Months Postseason
October November December January February March April
Points 30 22 32 TBD
Rebounds 17 13 16 TBD
Assists 9 8 8 TBD
Steals 4 2 4 TBD
Turnovers 7 2 5 TBD
Blocks 4 6 4 TBD
Three pointers 4 4 5 TBD
Free throws 12 7 18 TBD

Absences[edit]

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 41 Bairstow, Cameron 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1990–12–07 New Mexico
G 0 Brooks, Aaron 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 161 lb (73 kg) 1985–01–14 Oregon
G/F 21 Butler, Jimmy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–09–14 Marquette
G/F 34 Dunleavy, Mike 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1980–09–15 Duke
F/C 16 Gasol, Pau 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1980–07–06 Spain
F/C 22 Gibson, Taj 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–06–24 Southern California
G 12 Hinrich, Kirk 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1981–01–02 Kansas
F 3 McDermott, Doug 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1992–01–03 Creighton
F 44 Mirotić, Nikola 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1991–02–11 Spain
C 48 Mohammed, Nazr 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1977–09–05 Kentucky
G 55 Moore, E'Twaun 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1989–02–25 Purdue
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
G/F 20 Snell, Tony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991–11–10 New Mexico
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
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2014–10–27

Payroll[edit]

Legend
Free agent Player option Team option Early termination option
Former players*
Player Salary Signed using Guaranteed
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose $18,862,875 $20,093,063 $21,323,250 Bird rights $60,279,188
Noah, JoakimJoakim Noah $12,200,000 $13,400,000 Bird rights $25,600,000
Gibson, TajTaj Gibson $8,000,000 $8,500,000 $8,950,000 Bird rights $25,450,000
Gasol, PauPau Gasol $7,128,000 $7,448,760 $7,769,520 Cap space $14,576,760
Mirotić, NikolaNikola Mirotić $5,305,000 $5,543,725 $5,782,450 Cap space $16,631,175
Dunleavy, Jr., MikeMike Dunleavy, Jr. $3,326,235 Mini MLE $3,326,235
Hinrich, KirkKirk Hinrich $2,730,000 $2,870,000 Room exception $2,730,000
McDermott, DougDoug McDermott $2,277,960 $2,380,440 $2,483,040 $3,294,994 1st Round pick $4,658,400
Butler, JimmyJimmy Butler $2,008,748 1st Round pick $2,008,748
Snell, TonyTony Snell $1,472,400 $1,535,880 $2,368,327 1st Round pick $1,472,400
Brooks, AaronAaron Brooks $1,145,685 Minimum salary $1,145,685
Mohammed, NazrNazr Mohammed $1,448,490 Minimum salary $1,448,490
Moore, E'TwaunE'Twaun Moore $948,163 $1,015,421 Minimum salary $425,000
Bairstow, CameronCameron Bairstow $507,336 $845,059 $980,431 Cap space $932,336
Boozer, CarlosCarlos Boozer* $13,550,000
Hamilton, RichardRichard Hamilton* $333,333 $333,333 $666,666

Source: Basketball-Reference (through Wayback Machine)

D-League[edit]

After the Iowa Energy entered a single-affiliation partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies on May 6, 2014,[184] the Bulls would be affiliated with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants starting in the 2014–15 NBA Development League season.[185]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ All times are specified under the Central Time Zone.
  2. ^ Prior to the November 4 game, daylight saving time will have ended on November 2.
  3. ^ Prior to the March 8 game, daylight saving time will have started on the same day.

Notes[edit]

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