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The 2006-07 Chicago Bulls finished with a record of 49-33 in the regular season and reached the second round of the NBA playoffs, making it, at the time, their most successful season since the retirement of Michael Jordan, but nevertheless leaving some doubt amongst fans as to whether the team could compete for an NBA championship in the near future.

2006–07 Chicago Bulls season
Head coachScott Skiles
General managerJohn Paxson
Owner(s)Jerry Reinsdorf
ArenaUnited Center
Results
Record49–33 (.598)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Pistons 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionCSN Chicago, WGN, WCIU
RadioWCKG
< 2005–06 2007–08 >

In the playoffs, the Bulls swept the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in four games in the First Round, before losing to the Detroit Pistons in six games in the Semifinals.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Whereas previous seasons under General Manager John Paxson focused mostly on allowing the young players which comprised the core of the Bulls' roster to develop, before the '06-'07 season Paxon made an expensive free-agent signing in the form of Ben Wallace. Many fans were excited about the veteran experience and star power Wallace brought to the team, though some questioned if he was the best fit for the team, as Wallace had always been known for his defense, and many believed that the Bulls' biggest problem was a lack of inside scoring.

On July 20, the Bulls traded Tyson Chandler to the New Orleans Hornets for J.R. Smith. However, Smith refused to report to the Bulls and he was traded again to the Denver Nuggets.

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club Team
1 2 LaMarcus Aldridge (traded to Portland) F   United States Texas
1 16 Rodney Carney (traded to Philadelphia) F   United States Memphis

Regular seasonEdit

The Bulls got off to a rocky start, posting a record of 3-9 in their first 12 games. The criticism by some in the offseason about the signing of Ben Wallace seemed to gain some validity, as Wallace appeared to show his age and was not always able to put up big rebounding numbers as he had been known for with the Pistons. However, as they had in the 2004-05 season in which they started 0-9, the Bulls performed better as the season went on and finished 49-33. The record was good enough to receive the #5 seed among the 8 teams qualifying for the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Bulls, however, lost their final game of the season to the New Jersey Nets[1] which would have boosted them to a #2 seed and given them an easier path to the Eastern Conference Finals.

StandingsEdit

Central Division
Team W L Home Road PCT. GB
Detroit Pistons* 53 29 26–15 27–14 .646 -
Cleveland Cavaliers* 50 32 30–11 20–21 .605 3
Chicago Bulls* 49 33 31–10 18–23 .598 4
Indiana Pacers 35 47 22–19 13–28 .427 18
Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 18–23 10–31 .341 25
  • Qualified for playoffs

Record vs. opponentsEdit

2006-07 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOK NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–4 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–3
Boston 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–3
Charlotte 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 2–2
Chicago 4–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–1
Cleveland 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–3 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–1
Detroit 2–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 2–2
Golden State 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 2–0
Indiana 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–3
L.A. Clippers 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1
Memphis 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–1
Miami 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1
Milwaukee 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–3
Minnesota 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–1
New Jersey 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 4–0
New Orleans/Oklahoma City 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–1
New York 2–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 2–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
Orlando 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–0 2–2
Philadelphia 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–3
Phoenix 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–3 1–1
Portland 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 4–0 4–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–0
Seattle 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–4 1–1 2–2 0–2
Toronto 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1
Utah 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1
Washington 3–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1

PostseasonEdit

The Bulls opened the playoffs by defeating the defending champion Miami Heat in a 4-0 sweep. The Heat were hindered by a nagging injury to Dwyane Wade, but nevertheless most observed felt that the Bulls had outplayed the Heat in the series.

East First RoundEdit

(4) Miami Heat vs. (5) Chicago Bulls

April 21
Miami Heat 91, Chicago Bulls 96
United Center, Chicago
April 24
Miami Heat 89, Chicago Bulls 107
United Center, Chicago
April 27
Chicago Bulls 104, Miami Heat 96
ABC
April 29
Chicago Bulls 92, Miami Heat 79
Chicago wins series, 4–0
American Airlines Arena, Miami

Last Playoff Meeting: 2006 Eastern Conference First Round (Miami won 4-2)

In the second round, the #1 seed Detroit Pistons quickly put a damper on the excitement of Bulls' fans by soundly defeating the Bulls in Game 1 of the seven game series, holding the Bulls to 33% shooting and only 69 points.[2] The Bulls would continue to struggle, scoring just 87 and 74 points in games 2 and 3 respectively, and finding themselves in a 3-0 series deficit. The Bulls stayed alive by winning games 4 and 5, scoring triple digits in each game, but then suffered a 95-85 defeat on their home court in game 6 to end their season.

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (5) Chicago Bulls

TNT
May 7
Chicago Bulls 87, Detroit Pistons 108
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
May 10
Detroit Pistons 81, Chicago Bulls 74
United Center, Chicago
May 13
Detroit Pistons 87, Chicago Bulls 102
United Center, Chicago
TNT
May 15
Chicago Bulls 108, Detroit Pistons 92
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
ESPN
May 17
Detroit Pistons 95, Chicago Bulls 85
Detroit wins series, 4–2
United Center, Chicago

Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Eastern Conference Finals (Chicago won 4-0)

Awards and recordsEdit

RosterEdit

2006-07 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PF 35   Allen, Malik 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Villanova
C   Andriuškevičius, Martynas (IN) 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Lithuania
PG 11   Barrett, Andre 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Seton Hall
PF 42   Brown, P. J. 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Louisiana Tech
SF 9   Deng, Luol 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
PG 21   Duhon, Chris 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Duke
SG 7   Gordon, Ben 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Connecticut
SG 44   Griffin, Adrian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Seton Hall
PG 12   Hinrich, Kirk 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
SF 38   Khryapa, Viktor 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Russia
SF 5   Nocioni, Andres 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Argentina
SG 2   Sefolosha, Thabo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Switzerland
PF 50   Sweetney, Mike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Georgetown
PF 24   Thomas, Tyrus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Louisiana State
C 3   Wallace, Ben 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Virginia Union
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Player statisticsEdit

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% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Malik Allen 60 1 10.6 .415 .000 .824 2.0 .3 .3 .3 4.0
Andre Barrett 6 0 4.8 .500 . . .8 1.2 .0 .0 1.3
P. J. Brown 72 49 20.2 .407 .000 .787 4.8 .7 .3 .7 6.1
Luol Deng 82 82 37.5 .517 .143 .777 7.1 2.5 1.2 .6 18.8
Chris Duhon 78 30 24.4 .408 .359 .752 2.2 4.0 .9 .1 7.2
Ben Gordon 82 51 33.0 .455 .413 .864 3.1 3.6 .8 .2 21.4
Adrian Griffin 54 1 10.8 .473 .000 .789 2.0 1.1 .6 .1 2.5
Kirk Hinrich 80 80 35.5 .448 .415 .835 3.4 6.3 1.3 .3 16.6
Viktor Khryapa 33 0 7.0 .386 .000 .731 1.7 .6 .3 .0 2.2
Andres Nocioni 53 31 26.5 .467 .383 .848 5.7 1.1 .5 .5 14.1
Thabo Sefolosha 71 4 12.2 .426 .357 .511 2.2 .8 .5 .2 3.6
Mike Sweetney 48 0 8.0 .433 . .561 2.5 .6 .2 .2 3.2
Tyrus Thomas 72 4 13.4 .475 .000 .606 3.7 .6 .6 1.1 5.2
Ben Wallace 77 77 35.0 .453 .200 .408 10.7 2.4 1.4 2.0 6.4

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Malik Allen 5 0 6.8 .167 . . 1.4 .2 .2 .2 .8
P. J. Brown 10 10 22.8 .493 . .739 4.7 1.2 .8 .2 8.3
Luol Deng 10 10 41.0 .524 .000 .807 8.7 2.4 1.0 .7 22.2
Chris Duhon 9 0 19.1 .290 .316 .800 1.8 2.3 .3 .1 3.6
Ben Gordon 10 10 39.5 .415 .436 .921 3.8 3.8 .9 .1 20.4
Adrian Griffin 4 0 2.3 .000 . . .3 .0 .3 .0 .0
Kirk Hinrich 10 10 36.2 .376 .302 .769 4.2 7.5 .9 .3 12.1
Andres Nocioni 10 0 19.7 .360 .333 .722 3.5 .8 .2 .5 8.8
Thabo Sefolosha 9 0 11.0 .385 .375 .583 1.9 .8 .2 .0 3.3
Mike Sweetney 1 0 3.0 .500 . .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
Tyrus Thomas 10 0 12.2 .390 . .633 3.4 .6 1.0 .5 5.1
Ben Wallace 10 10 36.9 .566 .000 .500 9.5 1.4 1.5 1.7 8.7

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit