1998–99 Chicago Bulls season

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1998–99 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Tim Floyd
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 13–37 (.260)
Place Division: 8th (Central)
Conference: 15th (Eastern)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Chicago, WGN
Radio WMVP
< 1997–98 1999–00 >

The 1998–99 NBA season was the Bulls' 33rd season in the NBA.[1] Michael Jordan's Game 6 performance in the 1998 NBA Finals seemed to be a perfect ending to his career. With Phil Jackson's contract expiring, the pending departures of Scottie Pippen (who stated his desire to be traded during the season) and Dennis Rodman (who would sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent) looming, and being in the latter stages of an owner-induced lockout of NBA players, Jordan retired for the second time on January 13, 1999. With new head coach Tim Floyd, the Bulls were shells of their former selves. The team struggled and finished last place in the Central Division with a 13–37 record.[2]

On April 10, 1999, the Bulls set an all-time NBA record low for points in the shot clock era in a 82–49 loss at the United Center to the Miami Heat.[3] Following the season, Ron Harper signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Brent Barry was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1998 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 28 Corey Benjamin SG  United States Oregon State
2 34 Shammond Williams PG  United States North Carolina
2 58 Maceo Baston F  United States Michigan

Roster[edit]

Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
SG 31 United States Barry, Brent 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oregon State
SG 25 United States Benjamin, Corey 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oregon State
SF 44 United States Bennett, Mario 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Arizona State
SF 22 United States Booth, Keith 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Maryland
PG 1 United States Brown, Randy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) New Mexico State
PF 2 United States Bryant, Mark 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Seton Hall
SG 21 United States Carr, Cory 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Texas Tech
SF 18 Hungary David, Kornel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Hungary
SG 9 United States Harper, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Miami (OH)
PG 11 United States Jones, Charles 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Long Island
SF 7 Croatia Kukoc, Toni 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Croatia
C 28 United States Lang, Andrew 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Arkansas
PG 5 United States LaRue, Rusty 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Wake Forest
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

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


Regular Season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Indiana Pacers 33 17 .660 18–7 15–10 15–7
x-Atlanta Hawks 31 19 .620 2 16–9 15–10 15–8
x-Detroit Pistons 29 21 .580 4 17–8 12–13 13–8
x-Milwaukee Bucks 28 22 .560 5 17–8 11–14 13–11
Charlotte Hornets 26 24 .520 7 16–9 10–15 12–10
Toronto Raptors 23 27 .460 10 14–11 9–16 9–14
Cleveland Cavaliers 22 28 .440 11 15–10 7–18 9–13
Chicago Bulls 13 37 .260 20 8–17 5–20 4–19


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

Season[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]