1966–67 Chicago Bulls season

The 1966–67 Chicago Bulls season was the first season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1966–67 Chicago Bulls season
Head coachJohnny "Red" Kerr
General managerDick Klein
Owner(s)Dick Klein
ArenaInternational Amphitheatre
Results
Record33–48 (.407)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishDivision Semifinals
(Lost to Hawks 0–3)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd)
RadioWGN
(Lou Boudreau, Vince Lloyd)
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Draft picksEdit

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 10 Dave Schellhase G   United States Purdue
2 20 Erwin Mueller F/C   United States San Francisco

RosterEdit

1966–67 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 19 Boozer, Bob 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1937-04-26 Kansas State
C 12 Bowman, Nate 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1943-03-19 Wichita State
F 16 Clemens, Barry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1943-05-01 Ohio Wesleyan
F 15 Erickson, Keith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1944-04-19 UCLA
F 9 Kojis, Don 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1939-01-15 Marquette
F 18 McLemore, McCoy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1942-04-03 Drake
C 14 Mueller, Erwin 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1944-03-12 San Francisco
G 5 Rodgers, Guy 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1935-09-01 Temple
G 8 Schellhase, Dave 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1944-10-14 Purdue
G 4 Sloan, Jerry 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1942-03-28 Evansville
G 6 Ward, Gerry 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1941-09-06 Boston College
F 7 Washington, Jim 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1943-07-01 Villanova
C 17 Wilson, George 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1942-05-09 Cincinnati
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last transaction: November 25, 1966

Regular seasonEdit

The brand-new Chicago Bulls franchise earned its first victory on October 15, 1966, with a 104–97 win over the St. Louis Hawks. The team's coach was Johnny "Red" Kerr, a former player with the Syracuse Nationals, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Baltimore Bullets. He is one of a select group of players to surpass the 10,000 mark in both rebounds and points, and he held the league record for consecutive games played with 844 until Randy Smith eclipsed his mark during the 1982–83 season.

Chicago's starting lineup on opening night included Len Chappell, Bob Boozer, Don Kojis, Jerry Sloan, and Guy Rodgers. In the team's victorious debut against St. Louis, Rodgers poured in a game-high 37 points. Three days later the Bulls ran their record to 2–0 by defeating the San Francisco Warriors, 119-116. Then, behind 34 points and 18 assists from Rodgers, Chicago upped its winning streak to three games with a 134–124 triumph over the defending Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Chicago finished with a 33–48 record, the best ever by an expansion team in its first year of play. The Bulls secured a playoff berth in the Western Division, but the Hawks eliminated them in the opening round. Kerr was named NBA Coach of the Year, and center Erwin Mueller made the NBA All-Rookie Team. Rodgers led the NBA in assists with 11.2 per game (including a club-record 24 against the New York Knicks on December 21) and also topped the team in scoring at 18.0 points per game. Rodgers and Sloan represented the new franchise in the 1967 NBA All-Star Game.

Season standingsEdit

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-San Francisco Warriors 44 37 .543 18–10 11–19 15–8 24–12
x-St. Louis Hawks 39 42 .481 5 18–11 12–21 9–10 21–15
x-Los Angeles Lakers 36 45 .444 8 21–18 12–20 3–7 14–22
x-Chicago Bulls 33 48 .407 11 17–19 9–17 7–12 17–19
Detroit Pistons 30 51 .370 14 12–18 9–19 9–14 14–22


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1966–67 NBA records
Team BAL BOS CHI CIN DET LAL NYK PHI SFW STL
Baltimore 1–8 3–6 3–6 2–7 2–7 2–7 1–8 2–7 4–5
Boston 8–1 8–1 8–1 6–3 5–4 9–0 5–4 6–3 5–4
Chicago 6–3 1–8 5–4 4–5 6–3 3–6 1–8 3–6 4–5
Cincinnati 6–3 1–8 4–5 7–2 3–6 6–3 1–8 5–4 6–3
Detroit 7–2 3–6 5–4 2–7 5–4 4–5 0–9 2–7 2–7
Los Angeles 7–2 4–5 3–6 6–3 4–5 4–5 1–8 3–6 4–5
New York 7–2 0–9 6–3 3–6 5–4 5–4 1–8 5–4 4–5
Philadelphia 8–1 4–5 8–1 8–1 9–0 8–1 8–1 7–2 8–1
San Francisco 7–2 3–6 6–3 4–5 7–2 6–3 4–5 2–7 5–4
St. Louis 5–4 4–5 5–4 3–6 7–2 5–4 5–4 1–8 4–5

Game logEdit

1966–67 Game log
# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 October 15 @ St. Louis 104–97 Guy Rodgers (36) 1–0
2 October 18 San Francisco 116–119 Jerry Sloan (26) 2–0
3 October 19 Los Angeles 124–134 Guy Rodgers (34) 3–0
4 October 20 N San Francisco 121–111 Guy Rodgers (26) 3–1
5 October 21 @ Los Angeles 108–101 Keith Erickson (20) 4–1
6 October 23 New York 124–105 Bob Boozer (20) 4–2
7 October 27 N Boston 100–123 Jerry Sloan (25) 4–3
8 October 28 N Detroit 129–117 Bob Boozer (31) 4–4
9 November 1 San Francisco 137–121 Erwin Mueller (31) 4–5
10 November 2 Baltimore 94–102 Erwin Mueller (26) 5–5
11 November 3 N Boston 108–137 Guy Rodgers (16) 5–6
12 November 5 @ Cincinnati 113–99 Jerry Sloan (22) 6–6
13 November 6 St. Louis 102–134 Keith Erickson (22) 7–6
14 November 8 Boston 112–101 Jerry Sloan (21) 7–7
15 November 9 New York 103–98 Guy Rodgers (36) 7–8
16 November 11 @ Philadelphia 113–126 Bob Boozer (22) 7–9
17 November 13 Philadelphia 132–126 Guy Rodgers (35) 7–10
18 November 15 @ St. Louis 99–107 Bob Boozer (18) 7–11
19 November 17 @ Baltimore 102–120 Guy Rodgers (24) 7–12
20 November 18 N Philadelphia 145–120 Barry Clemens (16) 7–13
21 November 19 @ New York 104–116 Bob Boozer (19) 7–14
22 November 23 @ Los Angeles 130–154 Guy Rodgers (25) 7–15
23 November 25 @ Los Angeles 121–117 Bob Boozer (17) 8–15
24 November 26 @ San Francisco 129–131 Don Kojis (24) 8–16
25 November 29 N San Francisco 108–101 Bob Boozer (19) 8–17
26 December 3 @ Detroit 98–104 Bob Boozer (29) 8–18
27 December 6 @ Philadelphia 119–129 Keith Erickson (28) 8–19
28 December 7 Philadelphia 117–103 Jim Washington (20) 8–20
29 December 8 N Baltimore 132–120 Bob Boozer (30) 9–20
30 December 10 @ Boston 110–125 Jerry Sloan (25) 9–21
31 December 13 N Baltimore 94–122 Jerry Sloan (30) 9–22
32 December 14 N Detroit 87–93 Jerry Sloan (17) 10–22
33 December 16 N Cincinnati 120–128 Jerry Sloan (30) 11–22
34 December 17 @ Baltimore 110–106 Jerry Sloan (27) 12–22
35 December 19 N St. Louis 97–102 Jerry Sloan (24) 13–22
36 December 21 New York 107–110 Boozer, Kojis (22) 14–22
37 December 23 Detroit 103–102 Guy Rodgers (27) 14–23
38 December 25 @ New York 132–133 Bob Boozer (40) 14–24
39 December 26 Baltimore 96–108 Guy Rodgers (34) 15–24
40 December 30 Boston 110–106 Bob Boozer (26) 15–25
41 January 3 Cincinnati 111–116 Guy Rodgers (39) 16–25
42 January 4 @ Philadelphia 115–136 Boozer, Mueller (20) 16–26
43 January 6 @ Detroit 135–126 Guy Rodgers (30) 17–26
44 January 7 @ Cincinnati 112–125 Erwin Mueller (25) 17–27
45 January 8 Philadelphia 117–108 Erwin Mueller (26) 17–28
46 January 11 Cincinnati 106–102 Jerry Sloan (28) 17–29
47 January 13 @ Boston 102–122 Bob Boozer (19) 17–30
48 January 14 Los Angeles 121–122 Guy Rodgers (39) 18–30
49 January 15 New York 116–131 Bob Boozer (33) 19–30
50 January 17 Boston 109–101 Jerry Sloan (28) 19–31
51 January 18 N San Francisco 107–111 Jim Washington (19) 20–31
52 January 19 N Philadelphia 127–102 Don Kojis (17) 20–32
53 January 20 Detroit 124–125 (OT) Bob Boozer (27) 21–32
54 January 22 Baltimore 114–118 Bob Boozer (26) 22–32
55 January 24 Detroit 108–95 Guy Rodgers (21) 22–33
56 January 25 St. Louis 103–102 Boozer, Sloan (18) 22–34
57 January 29 Los Angeles 142–122 Bob Boozer (29) 22–35
58 February 3 Cincinnati 113–118 Don Kojis (23) 23–35
59 February 4 @ St. Louis 111–119 Jerry Sloan (18) 23–36
60 February 5 San Francisco 142–141 (OT) Bob Boozer (32) 23–37
61 February 7 Detroit 98–90 McCoy McLemore (23) 23–38
62 February 8 N New York 106–103 Boozer, Sloan (25) 23–39
63 February 10 N New York 122–121 Jim Washington (21) 23–40
64 February 11 St. Louis 104–98 Jerry Sloan (24) 23–41
65 February 12 @ Los Angeles 121–129 Don Kojis (42) 23–42
66 February 16 N San Francisco 125–124 Bob Boozer (22) 23–43
67 February 19 @ Los Angeles 133–119 Jerry Sloan (31) 24–43
68 February 22 N New York 103–117 Bob Boozer (23) 25–43
69 February 26 @ Baltimore 106–124 Don Kojis (18) 25–44
70 March 1 N Philadelphia 122–129 Jerry Sloan (22) 26–44
71 March 2 N Boston 108–114 Bob Boozer (20) 26–45
72 March 4 @ St. Louis 125–122 Boozer, Mueller (20) 27–45
73 March 5 Cincinnati 106–113 Guy Rodgers (29) 28–45
74 March 7 Boston 114–117 Guy Rodgers (22) 29–45
75 March 10 Baltimore 115–132 Don Kojis (22) 30–45
76 March 11 @ Cincinnati 119–147 Guy Rodgers (16) 30–46
77 March 13 Cincinnati 133–117 Bob Boozer (29) 30–47
78 March 14 St. Louis 111–98 Jerry Sloan (30) 30–48
79 March 15 @ Detroit 98–91 Jerry Sloan (32) 31–48
80 March 17 San Francisco 117–120 Erwin Mueller (27) 32–48
81 March 19 Los Angeles 109–122 Bob Boozer (24) 33–48

PlayoffsEdit

1967 playoff game log
Division Semifinals: 0–3 (Home: 0–1; Road: 0–2)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 March 21 @ St. Louis L 100–114 Kojis, Boozer (18) Bob Boozer (13) Rodgers, Clemens (2) Kiel Auditorium
4,704
0–1
2 March 23 St. Louis L 107–113 Bob Boozer (25) Kojis, Boozer (11) Guy Rodgers (11) International Amphitheatre
3,739
0–2
3 March 25 @ St. Louis L 106–119 McCoy McLemore (18) Bob Boozer (11) Guy Rodgers (5) Kiel Auditorium
7,018
0–3
1967 schedule

Awards and recordsEdit

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