1971–72 Baltimore Bullets season

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1971–72 Baltimore Bullets season
Central Division Champions
Head coach Gene Shue
Arena Baltimore Civic Center
Record 38–44 (.463)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Semifinals
(Eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WBAL-TV
Radio WBAL Radio
< 1970–71 1972–73 >

The Bullets would stun their fans and the entire league by trading Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. The trade was done 3 games into the season and Monroe was sent to the rival New York Knicks.[1] The Bullets received Dave Stallworth, Mike Riordan, and cash.[1] The Bullets did not adjust well to not having Monroe as they finished the season with a 38-44 record. The losing record would still be good enough to win the Central Division. In the playoffs, the Bullets would face Monroe and the New York Knicks and were beaten by the Knicks in 6 games.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1971 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team


Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Baltimore Bullets 38 44 .463 -
Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439 2
Cincinnati Royals 30 52 .366 8
Cleveland Cavaliers 23 59 .280 15


Game log[edit]


East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(C1) Baltimore Bullets vs. (A2) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 108, New York 105 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 110, Baltimore 88
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 104, New York 103
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 104, Baltimore 98
  • Game 5 @ Baltimore: New York 106, Baltimore 82
  • Game 6 @ New York: New York 107, Baltimore 101

Player statistics[edit]

  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



Awards and honors[edit]