1974-75

Record: 47-35
(First Place)

Roster

Left to Right: (front row): Assistant Coach Ed Badger, Rowland Garrett, Jerry Sloan, Bob Wilson, Norm Van Lier, Leon Benbow, Matt Guokas, Head Coach Dick Motta. (back row): Trainer Bob Biel, Bob Love, Cliff Pondexter, Mickey Johnson, Nate Thurmond, Tom Boerwinkle, John Block, Chet Walker, Business Manager Johnny “Red” Kerr.

Team Leaders (avg)

22.0

Points


Bob Love

N/A

3pt FGs


11.3

Rebounds


Nate Thurmond

5.8

Assists


Norm Van Lier

2.19

Steals


Jerry Sloan

2.44

Blocks


Nate Thurmond

Regular season

Van Lier and Love held out in attempts to renegotiate existing contracts ... eventually rejoined club missing 11 and 20 games, respectively ... Mickey Johnson joined club ... picked up Nate Thurmond from Golden State for Clifford Ray, a number one draft pick and cash ... Thurmond blocked team-record 12 shots in his incredible Chicago debut as Bulls beat Atlanta 120-115 in season opener (10/18/74) ... average attendance 10,074 ... led NBA defensively, yielding an average of 95.0 points per game ... Bulls won a then team-record 12 straight home games (01/24/75 through 02/21/75).

Draft


First round, Maurice Lucas (Marquette) and Cliff Pondexter (Long Beach State); second round, Leon Benbow (Jacksonville).

Playoffs


Defeated Kansas City in six games (4-2) ... defeated by eventual NBA Champion Golden State in Western Conference Finals 4-3.

Honors


Sloan named to All-Defensive First Team ... Love led team in scoring (22.1) ... Thurmond led team in rebounding (11.3).

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Stories about the 1974-75 team

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