1980-81

Record: 30-52
(Third Place)

Roster

Left to Right: (front row): Ronnie Lester, Bobby Wilkerson, Ricky Sobers, Sam Worthen. (middle row): Reggie Theus, Trainer Mark Pfeil, General Manager Rod Thorn, Head Coach Jerry Sloan, Managing Partner Jonathan Kovler, Assistant Coach Phil Johnson. (back row): Scott May, Larry Kenon, Coby Dietrick, Artis Gilmore, David Greenwood, Dwight Jones, James Wilkes.

Team Leaders (avg)

18.9

Points


Reggie Theus

18

3pt FGs


Reggie Theus

10.1

Rebounds


Artis Gilmore

5.2

Assists


Reggie Theus

1.49

Steals


Reggie Theus

2.41

Blocks


Artis Gilmore

Regular season

Bulls moved to Eastern Conference ... signed free agent Larry Kenon ... Lester missed 74 games due to knee injury ... hottest club down the stretch winning 13 of last 15 games - best turnaround in NBA ... most wins in last six years (45) ... defeated Pacers at Indiana (03/29/81) in season finale 109-103 to take sole possession of second place ... Gilmore became NBA’s all-time field goal percentage leader (.577) ... Sobers broke Walker’s team-record free throw string with 49 straight (.935).

Draft


First round, Kelvin Ransey (traded to Portland for Ronnie Lester of Iowa and a future draft choice); second round, Sam Worthen (Marquette).

Playoffs


Qualified for first time since 1977 ... eliminated New York in two games (2-0) ... lost 4-0 to eventual NBA Champion Boston Celtics.

Honors


Gilmore and Theus selected as starters to NBA East All-Star Team ... Theus led club in scoring (18.9) ... Gilmore led team in rebounding (10.1).

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