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The 2008–09 Chicago Bulls season is the 43rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2008–09 Chicago Bulls season
Head coachVinny Del Negro
General managerJohn Paxson
Owner(s)Jerry Reinsdorf
ArenaUnited Center
Results
Record41–41 (.500)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 7th (Eastern)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Celtics 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionCSN Chicago, WGN America, WGN, WCIU
RadioWMVP
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In the playoffs, the Bulls lost to the defending NBA champions, the Boston Celtics, in seven games in the First Round.

Contents

Key datesEdit

OffseasonEdit

The Bulls re-signed Luol Deng to a 6-year $71 million contract on July 30, 2008. Ben Gordon signed a 1-year contract on October 2, 2008.

NBA draftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club team
1 1 Derrick Rose G   United States Memphis
2 39 Sonny Weems G   United States Arkansas

RosterEdit

Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 9   Deng, Luol 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
G 7   Gordon, Ben 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Connecticut
C 34   Gray, Aaron 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Pittsburgh
G 12   Hinrich, Kirk 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
G 11   Hunter, Lindsey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jackson State
C 31   James, Jerome 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Florida A&M
F 54   Johnson, Linton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Tulane
F/C 52   Miller, Brad 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Purdue
G 21   Nelson, DeMarcus 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Duke
C 13   Noah, Joakim 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Florida
G 5   Roberson, Anthony 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Florida
G 1   Rose, Derrick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Memphis
G/F 15   Salmons, John 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Miami (FL)
F 2   Thomas, Tim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Villanova
F/C 24   Thomas, Tyrus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) LSU
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Roster notesEdit

  • Luol Deng also holds Sudanese citizenship, but he plays for the British national team.
  • Ben Gordon also holds American citizenship, but he plays for the British national team.
  • Joakim Noah also holds American and Swedish citizenship, but he plays for the French national team.

Regular seasonEdit

 
The 2008–09 team visits President of the United States Barack Obama at the White House on February 26, 2009.

The Bulls were having a meager year floating under .500 and on February 18, 2009 they made their first of several trades sending Andrés Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons, Michael Ruffin to the Sacramento Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons.[1] Then on February 19, 2009, the NBA trade deadline, the Bulls traded Larry Hughes to the New York Knicks for Tim Thomas, Jerome James, and Anthony Roberson.[2] Later that day the Bulls made the third trade in a span of less than 24 hours sending swingman Thabo Sefolosha to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2009 first round pick.[3]

The trades brought a late-season push for the Bulls, which finally clinched a playoff berth on April 10, 2009, their fourth in the last five years. Then on April 13, 2009 they clinched the 7th place in the east by beating the Detroit Pistons and remained .5 game ahead of Philadelphia 76ers for the 6th spot with one game remaining. The Bulls though lost their last game to Toronto and the 76ers beat Cleveland, who did not play most of its best players. The Bulls finished 7th even though they tied Philadelphia at 41-41. The Bulls got matched up with a Garnett-less Boston in the first round of the playoffs.

Season standingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805 39–2 27–14 13–3 82
x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25 28–13 13–28 9–7 82
x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27 21–20 18–23 7–9 82
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30 25–16 11–30 7–9 82
Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32 22–19 12–29 4–12 82
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805
2 y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 4
3 y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 7
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 19
5 x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 23
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 25
7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25
8 x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 31
11 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
12 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32
13 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 33
14 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 34
15 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 47

Record vs. opponentsEdit

2008-09 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK OKC ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Boston 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Charlotte 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Chicago 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Cleveland 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Dallas 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Denver 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Detroit 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Golden State 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Houston 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Indiana 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
L.A. Clippers 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
L.A. Lakers 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Memphis 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Miami 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Milwaukee 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Minnesota 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0—0 0—0 0—0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
New Jersey 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0—0 0—0
New Orleans 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
New York 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Oklahoma City 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Orlando 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Philadelphia 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0
Phoenix 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0
Portland 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Sacramento 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
San Antonio 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0—0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Toronto 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Utah 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Washington 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0

Game logEdit

2008–09 game log
2008–09 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

The Bulls-Celtics series became the first playoff series in NBA history to have 4 games go into overtime.[4]


2009 playoff game log
2009 playoff schedule

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 Source: [5]

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Luol Deng 49 46 34.0 .448 .400 .796 6.0 1.9 1.22 0.51 14.1
Drew Gooden* 31 27 29.6 .457 .000 .866 8.6 1.4 0.84 0.45 13.1
Ben Gordon 82 76 36.6 .455 .410 .864 3.5 3.4 0.87 0.27 20.7
Aaron Gray 56 18 12.8 .485 .000 .576 3.9 0.8 0.25 0.32 3.5
Kirk Hinrich 51 4 26.3 .437 .408 .791 2.4 3.9 1.29 0.37 9.9
Larry Hughes* 30 6 26.4 .412 .392 .817 3.1 2.0 1.20 0.30 12.0
Lindsey Hunter 28 0 9.5 .329 .333 .600 0.4 1.3 0.71 0.04 2.6
Linton Johnson* 8 0 5.3 .364 .500 .000 1.0 0.3 0.13 0.00 1.1
Brad Miller* 27 0 27.6 .478 .231 .853 7.4 3.2 0.81 0.44 11.8
Demetris Nichols* 2 0 2.5 .250 .000 .000 0.0 0.5 0.00 0.00 1.0
Joakim Noah 80 55 24.2 .556 .000 .676 7.6 1.3 0.61 1.38 6.7
Andrés Nocioni* 53 2 24.1 .414 .378 .806 4.2 1.1 0.49 0.30 10.4
Anthony Roberson* 6 0 3.8 .294 .200 .000 1.2 0.2 0.00 0.00 2.0
Derrick Rose 81 80 37.0 .475 .222 .788 3.9 6.3 0.81 0.22 16.8
John Salmons* 26 21 37.7 .473 .415 .843 4.3 2.0 0.96 0.58 18.3
Thabo Sefolosha* 43 14 17.1 .434 .300 .840 2.9 1.5 0.81 0.44 4.5
Cedric Simmons* 11 0 5.5 .524 .000 .429 1.1 0.2 0.09 0.36 2.5
Tim Thomas* 18 0 14.1 .400 .442 .700 2.3 0.7 0.33 0.00 5.8
Tyrus Thomas 79 61 27.5 .451 .333 .783 6.4 1.0 1.15 1.91 10.8

*Statistics with the Chicago Bulls

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Ben Gordon 7 7 43.4 .388 .370 .875 2.9 3.0 .43 .14 24.3
John Salmons 7 7 44.7 .402 .316 .853 4.4 2.3 1.29 1.00 18.1
Derrick Rose 7 7 44.7 .492 .000 .800 6.3 6.4 .57 .71 19.7
Brad Miller 7 0 26.5 .471 .714 .792 7.9 1.3 .29 .86 10.1
Tyrus Thomas 7 7 27.9 .438 .000 .786 6.3 .86 1.00 2.6 9.6
Kirk Hinrich 7 0 30.0 .468 .394 .680 4.1 2.9 1.71 .43 12.6
Joakim Noah 7 7 38.7 .509 .000 .760 13.1 2.3 .86 2.14 10.1
Tim Thomas 2 0 7.5 .300 .250 .000 1.5 0.0 .00 .00 3.5
Aaron Gray 2 0 4.5 .000 .000 .000 0.5 0.0 .00 .00 0.0
Lindsey Hunter 6 0 4.0 .333 .333 .750 0.71 0.71 .29 .00 0.86
Anthony Roberson 1 0 4.0 .750 1.000 .000 1.0 0.0 2.0 .00 8.0
Linton Johnson 3 0 3.3 .500 .000 1.000 1.3 0.3 .00 .00 1.3
TOTAL 7 --- --- .442 .388 .793 45.6 22.0 9.14 6.71 111.1

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

  • Derrick Rose = Rookie of the Year
  • Derrick Rose won the All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge
  • Derrick Rose was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team

RecordsEdit

  • 4—Overtime games played in this series
  • 7—Overtime periods played in this series, more than any other NBA team has played in an entire postseason.

TransactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

The Bulls beat the odds and won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 20, 2008. The Bulls vaulted from the ninth spot to win the NBA Draft Lottery in Secaucus, NJ, and obtain the first pick in the June 26 NBA Draft.[6] Chicago had a 1.7 percent chance of winning and were represented by Executive Vice President, Business Operations Steve Schanwald. The Heat had the best odds of securing the top selection and will pick second followed by the Timberwolves and Sonics.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 1 Derrick Rose Point guard American University of Memphis
2 39 Sonny Weems Shooting guard American University of Arkansas

TradesEdit

Date Acquired From For
June 26, 2009 Ömer Aşık Portland Trail Blazers Sonny Weems[7]
February 18, 2009 Brad Miller and John Salmons Sacramento Kings Drew Gooden, Andrés Nocioni, Michael Ruffin and Cedric Simmons[8]
February 19, 2009 Jerome James, Anthony Roberson and Tim Thomas New York Knicks Larry Hughes[2]
February 19, 2009 2009 First Round Draft Pick Oklahoma City Thunder Thabo Sefolosha[3]

Free agentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KINGS ACQUIRE FOUR PLAYERS IN THREE-TEAM TRADE". NBA.com. 2009-02-18. Archived from the original on 22 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  2. ^ a b "Sources: Knicks trade for Bulls' Hughes". Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Report: Bulls trade Sefolosha for draft pick". Archived from the original on 22 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Pierce's OT push leads Celtics to 3-2 series lead over Bulls". April 29, 2009. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  5. ^ "Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference.
  6. ^ NBA.com NBA Draft Lottery 2008
  7. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Draft Rights to Weems". NBA.com. 2009-02-18. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  8. ^ "KINGS ACQUIRE FOUR PLAYERS IN THREE-TEAM TRADE". NBA.com. 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  9. ^ "Bulls waive JamesOn Curry". NBA.com. July 31, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2018-09-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Bulls waive forward Demetris Nichols

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