1994–95 Chicago Bulls season

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1994–95 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Phil Jackson
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 47–35 (.573)
Place Division: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finish Conference Semifinals
(eliminated by Magic 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel Chicago, WGN
Radio WMAQ
< 1993–94 1995–96 >

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Bulls' 29th season in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Bulls signed free agents Ron Harper and Jud Buechler. However, Harper's stats would drop down dramatically only playing a limited amount of minutes. The Bulls struggled in the first half of the season with a 23–25 record at the All-Star break. However, they received a major boost upon the return of Michael Jordan, who came out of retirement to rejoin the team, faxing a memo that simply said "I'm back."[2] The Bulls won 24 of their final 34 games, and finished the season with a 47–35 record, going 13–4 with Jordan back in the lineup. The Bulls finished third in the Central Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. Jordan wore #45 on his jersey, but later on changed it back to #23 during the playoffs.[3] Scottie Pippen was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.

The Bulls defeated the 4th-seeded Charlotte Hornets three games to one in the first round of the 1995 NBA Playoffs, but would eventually lose in the second round to the Conference champion Orlando Magic in six games. The Magic eventually went to the NBA Finals, but were unable to stop the 6th-seeded and eventual two-time NBA Champion Houston Rockets, as they were swept in four straight hard-fought games. Following the season, B.J. Armstrong left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, and Will Perdue was traded to the San Antonio Spurs.

Offseason[edit]

NBA draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 21 Dickey Simpkins PF  United States Providence
2 49 Kris Bruton F  United States Benedict

Roster[edit]

Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 10 United States Armstrong, B.J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Iowa
PF 44 United States Blount, Corie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Cincinnati
SF 30 United States Buechler, Jud 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Arizona
SG 3 United States English, Jo Jo 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) South Carolina
SG 9 United States Harper, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Miami (OH)
SG 4523 United States Jordan, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) North Carolina
PG 25 United States Kerr, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arizona
PF 42 United States Krystkowiak, Larry Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Montana
SF 7 Croatia Kukoč, Toni 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Croatia
C 13 Australia Longley, Luc 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 265 lb (120 kg) New Mexico
SG 20 United States Myers, Pete 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Arkansas–Little Rock
C 32 United States Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Vanderbilt
SF 33 United States Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Central Arkansas
PF 8 United States Simpkins, Dickey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Providence
C 34 Canada Wennington, Bill 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) St. John's
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Reserve Inactive
C Will Perdue Luc Longley Bill Wennington
PF Toni Kukoč Corie Blount Dickey Simpkins
Larry Krystkowiak Injured
SF Scottie Pippen Jud Buechler
SG Michael Jordan Ron Harper Pete Myers Jo Jo English
PG B.J. Armstrong Steve Kerr

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Indiana Pacers 52 30 .634 33–8 19–22 18–10
x-Charlotte Hornets 50 32 .610 2 29–12 21–20 17–11
x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 5 28–13 19–22 16–12
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 43 39 .524 9 26–15 17–24 17–11
x-Atlanta Hawks 42 40 .512 10 24–17 18–23 9–19
Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 18 22–19 12–29 13–15
Detroit Pistons 28 54 .341 24 13–28 8–33 7–21

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1994–95 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 2–2 1–4 1–4 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–2 1–4 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0
Boston 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–3 2–0 2–3 0–5 2–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1
Charlotte 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–2 0–2 1–1 5–0 2–0 0–2 1–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1
Chicago 4–1 4–0 2–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2
Cleveland 4–1 2–2 2–3 3–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
Dallas 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–4 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–4 3–1 2–2 2–3 0–4 2–4 1–1
Denver 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–3 1–4 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 6–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–4 1–3 1–4 2–0
Detroit 2–3 1–3 0–5 0–5 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Golden State 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–5 1–3 1–4 2–2 2–0
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–5 0–4 2–3 2–0
Indiana 4–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–3 0–2 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–5 1–4 0–4 0–5 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–3 4–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 3–2 1–3 4–1 2–2 2–0
Miami 2–2 1–4 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–3 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–1
Milwaukee 3–1 3–1 1–4 4–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Minnesota 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–6 1–1 3–1 2–3 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 1–4 1–1
New Jersey 0–4 3–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–4 2–2 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–3
New York 2–2 5–0 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0
Orlando 3–1 3–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–2
Philadelphia 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–4 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–3 1–3 1–1 4–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–0 4–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 2–0
Portland 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 4–1 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–5 3–2 1–3 2–3 1–3 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 5–0 1–3 0–2 4–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 0–4 3–2 0–4 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0 3–1 5–1 0–2 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–2 3–2 2–0
Seattle 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 4–1 4–0 1–1 5–0 1–4 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–4 3–2 2–3 2–2 1–3 2–0
Utah 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–3 3–1 2–0
Washington 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–4 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–4 2–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
B.J. Armstrong 82 186 244 84 8 1150 14.0
Corie Blount 68 240 60 26 33 238 3.5
Toni Kukoč 81 440 372 102 16 1271 15.7
Luc Longley 55 263 73 24 45 358 6.5
Will Perdue 78 522 90 26 56 621 8.0
Scottie Pippen 79 639 409 232 89 1692 21.4
Michael Jordan 17 117 90 30 13 457 26.9

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(4) Charlotte Hornets vs. (5) Chicago Bulls: Bulls win series 3-1

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Orlando Magic vs. (5) Chicago Bulls: Magic win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Orlando Arena, Orlando (May 7): Orlando 94, Chicago 91
  • Game 2 @ Orlando Arena, Orlando (May 10): Chicago 104, Orlando 94
  • Game 3 @ United Center, Chicago (May 12): Orlando 110, Chicago 101
  • Game 4 @ United Center, Chicago (May 14): Chicago 106, Orlando 95
  • Game 5 @ Orlando Arena, Orlando (May 16): Orlando 103, Chicago 95
  • Game 6 @ United Center, Chicago (May 18): Orlando 108, Chicago 102

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff series)

Awards and records[edit]

NBA All-Star Game[edit]

  • Scottie Pippen

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/CHI/1995.html
  2. ^ "Sports of The Times; What They Aren't Saying About Jordan". New York Times. March 21, 1995. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ "1995 N.B.A. PLAYOFFS; Cost of Jordan Switch Is $25,000 and on Rise". New York Times. May 12, 1995. Retrieved March 10, 2017.