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The 1990–91 NBA season was the Bulls' 25th season in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Bulls acquired Dennis Hopson from the New Jersey Nets. The Bulls stumbled out of the gate losing their first three games, but it would only be a minor hurdle. The Bulls finished in first place in the Central Division, as well as first overall in the Eastern Conference with a 61–21 record, surpassing their previous franchise-best from the 1971–72 season. Michael Jordan won another scoring title and his second MVP award, while being selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.

1990–91 Chicago Bulls season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachPhil Jackson
Owner(s)Jerry Reinsdorf
ArenaChicago Stadium
Results
Record61–21 (.744)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Lakers 4–1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWGN-TV
SportsChannel Chicago
(Jim Durham, Johnny "Red" Kerr)
RadioWLUP
(Jim Durham, Johnny "Red" Kerr)
< 1989–90 1991–92 >

In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls swept the New York Knicks in three straight games. Then in the semifinals, they defeated the 5th-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in five games. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they swept the defending champion Detroit Pistons in four straight games, and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time. The Bulls would go on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals in five games, winning their first ever championship in franchise history.[2] This season was the first of three consecutive NBA titles for the Bulls, as well as marking the beginning of the legendary Bulls Dynasty, which would net the team another five more championships throughout the 1990s.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 29 Toni Kukoč SF   Yugoslavia
(  Croatia)
KK Split

RosterEdit

Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 10   Armstrong, B.J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Iowa
C 24   Cartwright, Bill 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) San Francisco
PF 54   Grant, Horace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Clemson
SG 14   Hodges, Craig 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Long Beach State
SG 2   Hopson, Dennis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Ohio State
SG 23   Jordan, Michael (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) North Carolina
PF 21   King, Stacey 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Oklahoma
PF 53   Levingston, Cliff 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Wichita State
PG 5   Paxson, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Notre Dame
C 32   Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Vanderbilt
SF 33   Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Central Arkansas
PF 42   Williams, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 61 21 .744 35–6 26–15 25–5
x-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 11 32–9 18–23 19-11
x-Milwaukee Bucks 48 34 .585 13 33–8 15–26 16–14
x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 18 29–12 14–27 11–19
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 20 29-12 12–29 15-15
Cleveland Cavaliers 33 49 .402 28 23–18 10–31 11-19
Charlotte Hornets 26 56 .317 35 17–24 9–32 8–22
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Chicago Bulls 61 21 .744
2 y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 5
3 x-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 11
4 x-Milwaukee Bucks 48 34 .585 13
5 x-Philadelphia 76ers 44 38 .537 17
6 x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 18
7 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 20
8 x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 22
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 33 49 .402 28
10 Washington Bullets 30 52 .366 31
11 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 35
12 Charlotte Hornets 26 56 .317 35
13 Miami Heat 24 58 .293 37


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1990–91 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 1–4 1–4 3–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–3 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Boston 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 5–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 5–1
Charlotte 4–1 1–3 0–5 1–4 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 0–5 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2
Chicago 4–1 2–2 5–0 5–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 0–2 4–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1
Cleveland 2–3 1–3 4–1 0–5 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3
Dallas 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 2–0 2–0 1–4 1–1 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–4 2–2 0–5 2–0
Denver 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–5 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 3–1 1–4 0–4 1–3 1–1
Detroit 5–0 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–3 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1
Golden State 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 2–3 2–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–2
Houston 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 5–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 3–1 0–4 3–1 2–3 2–2 2–2 1–1
Indiana 1–4 2–2 5–0 1–4 4–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 2–3 1–3 3–2 2–2 2–3 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 3–2 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 3–2 2–3 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–0
Miami 0–4 1–4 2–2 0–4 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 3–3 1–4 1–1 1–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–2
Milwaukee 3–2 2–2 3–2 1–4 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–1 2–3 0–2 1–3 0–5 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–4 0–4 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–4 1–1
New Jersey 1–3 1–4 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–2 1–1 0–5 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–3
New York 1–3 0–5 4–0 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 0–4 1–1 5–0 0–2 5–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2
Orlando 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–1 3–2 0–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 3–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–4 1–1
Philadelphia 4–0 3–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 0–2 3–2 1–5 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–2
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 3–1 1–3 3–2 2–2 2–0
Portland 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–3 3–2 2–2 4–0 3–1 2–0
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 3–2 1–3 0–2 2–3 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–3 1–3 1–4 1–3 2–0
San Antonio 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 4–1 2–0 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–3 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–3 0–4 4–1 1–3 1–3 2–0
Utah 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 5–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 0–2 4–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–2 3–1 2–0
Washington 2–2 1–5 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–3 1–3 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game logEdit

Regular seasonEdit

1990–91 game log
Total: 61–21 (Home: 35–6; Road: 26–15)
1990–91 schedule

PlayoffsEdit

1991 playoff game log
Total: 15–2 (Home: 8–1; Road: 7–1)
1990–91 schedule

Player statsEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
B. J. Armstrong 82 0 21.1 .481 .500 .874 1.8 3.7 .85 .05 8.8
Bill Cartwright 79 79 28.8 .490 .000 .697 6.2 1.6 .41 .19 9.6
Horace Grant 78 76 33.9 .547 .167 .711 8.4 2.3 1.22 .88 12.8
Craig Hodges 73 0 11.5 .424 .383 .963 .6 1.3 .47 .03 5.0
Dennis Hopson 61 0 11.9 .426 .200 .663 1.8 1.1 .41 .23 4.3
Michael Jordan 82 82 37.0 .539 .312 .851 6.0 5.5 2.72 1.01 31.5
Stacey King 76 6 15.8 .467 .000 .704 2.7 .9 .32 .55 5.5
Cliff Levingston 78 0 13.0 .450 .250 .648 2.9 .7 .37 .55 4.0
John Paxson 82 82 24.0 .548 .438 .829 1.1 3.6 .76 .04 8.7
Will Perdue 74 3 13.1 .494 .000 .670 4.5 .6 .31 .77 4.1
Scottie Pippen 82 82 36.8 .520 .309 .706 7.3 6.2 2.35 1.13 17.8
Scott Williams 51 0 6.6 .510 .500 .714 1.9 .3 .24 .25 2.5

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
B. J. Armstrong 17 16.1 .500 .600 .800 1.6 2.5 1.12 .06 5.5
Bill Cartwright 17 30.1 .519 .000 .688 4.7 1.9 .53 .41 9.5
Horace Grant 17 39.2 .583 .000 .733 8.1 2.2 .88 .35 13.3
Craig Hodges 17 12.3 .423 .393 .750 .2 .6 .65 .00 4.7
Dennis Hopson 5 3.6 .333 .000 .444 .8 .2 .00 .20 1.6
Michael Jordan 17 40.5 .524 .385 .845 6.4 8.4 2.35 1.35 31.1
Stacey King 11 7.8 .296 .000 .636 2.0 .2 .09 .09 2.1
Cliff Levingston 17 11.3 .512 .000 .500 2.4 .4 .59 .41 2.6
John Paxson 17 28.6 .530 .143 1.000 1.4 3.1 .65 .00 8.2
Will Perdue 17 11.6 .547 .000 .545 3.8 .2 .12 .47 4.1
Scottie Pippen 17 41.4 .504 .235 .792 8.9 5.8 2.47 1.12 21.6
Scott Williams 12 6.0 .462 .000 .550 1.7 .2 .08 .25 1.9

PlayoffsEdit

East First RoundEdit

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) New York Knicks: Bulls win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-2)

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers: Bulls win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 4): Chicago 105, Philadelphia 92
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 6): Chicago 112, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 10): Philadelphia 99, Chicago 97
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 12): Chicago 101, Philadelphia 85
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 14): Chicago 100, Philadelphia 95

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-1)

East Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Bulls win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4-3)

NBA finalsEdit

Game 1Edit

Sunday, June 2, at the Chicago Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Los Angeles 29 22 24 18 93
Chicago 30 23 15 23 91

Game 2Edit

Wednesday, June 5, at the Chicago Stadium The Bulls shot a Finals record 61.7% from the floor, with a Jordan layup over Sam Perkins a highlight.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Los Angeles 23 20 26 17 86
Chicago 28 20 38 21 107

Game 3Edit

Friday, June 7, at the Great Western Forum

Team 1 2 3 4 OT Tot.
Chicago 25 23 18 26 12 104
Los Angeles 25 22 25 20 4 96

Michael Jordan sends Game 3 to overtime with a pull-up jumper with 3.4 seconds to go.

Game 4Edit

Sunday, June 9, at the Great Western Forum

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Chicago 27 25 22 23 97
Los Angeles 28 16 14 24 82

Game 5Edit

Wednesday, June 12, at the Great Western Forum

The Lakers were facing elimination, and the lack of Worthy and Scott was not any help to the Lakers. This would not stop Magic Johnson as Johnson had 20 assists in the game, but it was not enough. Elden Campbell outscored Michael Jordan with 13 points in the first half, but it was not enough. The Lakers still fought and even led 93-90 in the fourth quarter, but a Bulls 9-0 run, and Paxson's 10 points in the final half of the fourth quarter helped secure the Chicago Bulls', and Michael Jordan's first NBA title.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Chicago 27 21 32 28 108
Los Angeles 25 24 31 21 101

Award winnersEdit

NBA All-Star GameEdit

  • Michael Jordan, Guard

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/CHI/1991.html
  2. ^ "Sports of The Times; Air Jordan And Just Plain Folks". New York Times. June 15, 1991. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)