1976-77

Record: 44-38
(Second Place)

Roster

Left to Right: (front row): John Mengelt, Wilbur Holland, Assistant Coach Gene Tormohlen, Managing Partner Jonathan Kovler, Chairman of Executive Committee Arthur M. Wirtz, Head Coach Ed Badger, Trainer Doug Atkinson, Tom Kropp. (back row): John Laskowski, Scott May, Phil Hicks, Mickey Johnson, Artis Gilmore, Tom Boerwinkle, Cliff Pondexter, Jack Marin, Keith Starr, (Inset) Capt. Norm Van Lier.

Team Leaders (avg)

18.6

Points


Artis Gilmore

N/A

3pt FGs


13.0

Rebounds


Artis Gilmore

7.8

Assists


Norm Van Lier

2.14

Steals


Wilbur Holland

2.48

Blocks


Artis Gilmore

Regular season

Ed Badger named Head Coach ... May and Marin missed beginning of season due to injuries ... suffered a club-record 13-game losing streak (10/29/76 to 12/03/76) ... acquired Mengelt from Detroit for cash ... average attendance 11,625 ... nicknamed “Miracle on Madison Street” as Bulls won 20 of final 24 games ... during stretch from 02/18/77 through 04/10/77, Bulls sold out Stadium nine of last 10 games ... defeated L.A. Lakers 102-86 before largest Stadium crowd in Bulls history (21,046 on 03/22/77) ... led NBA defensively for third straight year, yielding an average of 98.0 points per game.

Draft


First round, Scott May (Indiana); second round, Willie Smith (Missouri) ... acquired Artis Gilmore for $1,000,000 in ABA dispersal draft.

Playoffs


Eliminated 2-1 by eventual NBA Champion Portland Trail Blazers.

Honors


May named to All-Rookie Team ... Van Lier picked to NBA West All-Star Team ... Gilmore led team in scoring (18.6) and rebounding (13.0).

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