1986–87 Chicago Bulls season

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1986–87 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Doug Collins
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena Chicago Stadium
Record 40–42 (.488)
Place Division: 5th (Central)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(Eliminated 0-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Sportsvision, WFLD
Radio WMAQ
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The 1986–87 Chicago Bulls season was the 21st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1986 NBA Draft

Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first and second rounds, and any other players drafted by the franchise that played at least one NBA game.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 9 Brad Sellers F/C  United States Ohio State
2 28 Larry Krystkowiak F  United States Montana
3 52 Ricky Wilson G  United States George Mason
4 74 Scott Meents F  United States Illinois
6 120 Pete Myers G  United States Arkansas--Little Rock

Regular season[edit]

With yet another new head coach, Doug Collins, in for 1986-87, the Bulls improved to 40-42. Chicago qualified for the playoffs for the third straight season but was again eliminated by Boston in the first round.

The team's record was a secondary concern for most fans, who had their eyes riveted on team superstar Jordan. In late November and early December he went on a rampage, scoring 40 or more points in nine consecutive games. On February 26 he poured in 58 points against the New Jersey Nets, including a record 26 of 27 free throws. On March 4 he hit for 61 points against Detroit. Just a month later, on April 16, he matched that performance with 61 against Atlanta. That season Jordan became the first NBA player to reach 3,000 points in a season since Wilt Chamberlain did it in 1962-63.

Jordan led the league in scoring at 37.1 points per game, his career high for a season. He set Bulls single-season records for points (3,041), field goals (1,098), free throws (833), and steals (236). His output was rewarded with the first in a series of All-NBA First Team selections.

Season standings[edit]

Game log[edit]


East First Round[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Chicago Bulls: Celtics win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Eastern Conference First Round (Boston won 3-0)

Player statistics[edit]



Awards and records[edit]



See also[edit]