1986–87 Chicago Bulls season
|1986–87 Chicago Bulls season|
|Head coach||Doug Collins|
|Place||Division: 5th (Central)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||East First Round
The 1986–87 Chicago Bulls season was the 21st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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.
|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|
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.
East First Round
- Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 23): Boston 108, Chicago 104
- Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 26): Boston 105, Chicago 96
- Game 3 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (April 28): Boston 105, Chicago 94
Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Eastern Conference First Round (Boston won 3-0)
Awards and records
- Michael Jordan, NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest Winner
- Michael Jordan, All-NBA First Team
- Michael Jordan, NBA All-Star Game
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