2004-05

Record: 47-35
(Second Place)

Roster

Left to Right: (front row): Adrian Griffin, Chris Duhon, Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich, Jannero Pargo, Frank Williams. (middle row): Luol Deng, Eric Piatkowski, Othella Harrington, Jared Reiner, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis, Andrés Nocioni . (back row): Equipment Manager John Ligmanowski, Strength and Conditioning Coach Erik Helland, Assistant Coach/Advance Scout Mike Wilhelm, Assistant Coach Pete Myers, Assistant Coach Ron Adams, Head Coach Scott Skiles, Assistant Coach Jim Boylan, Head Athletic Trainer Fred Tedeschi, Assistant Athletic Trainer Marc Boff, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Jeff Macy.

Team Leaders (avg)

16.1

Points


Eddy Curry

144

3pt FGs


Kirk Hinrich

9.7

Rebounds


Tyson Chandler

6.4

Assists


Kirk Hinrich

1.58

Steals


Kirk Hinrich

1.76

Blocks


Tyson Chandler

Regular season

Re-signed Jamal Crawford and traded him and Jerome Williams to New York in exchange for Othella Harrington, Dikembe Mutombo, Cezary Trybanski and Frank Williams (08/08/04) ... signed free agents Andrés Nocioni (08/11/04) and Jared Reiner (09/30/04) ... acquired Adrian Griffin, Eric Piatkowski and Mike Wilks from Houston in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo (09/08/04) ... Scottie Pippen retired (10/05/04) ... attempted a franchise record 34 three-pointers in season-opening double- overtime loss to New Jersey at the United Center (11/05/04) ... started the season 0-9, tying the franchise record for worst start in club history (ties 1967-68 start) ... NBA’s best record of 13-3 during Jan. 2005 ... held a franchise record 26-consecutive opponents under 100 points ... had four streaks of at least five wins, including a season-high nine game winning streak ... held opponents to a franchise record and NBA-best .422 from the floor ... sixth team in NBA history to fall 11 games below .500 during the regular season and rebound to finish with a winning record (also 1976-77 Bulls).

Draft


First round, Ben Gordon (Connecticut); second round, Jackson Vroman (Iowa State), Chris Duhon (Duke). The Bulls then traded the rights to Vroman, a future first-round pick and cash to Phoenix for No. 7 pick Luol Deng (Duke).

Playoffs


Qualified for first time since 1998 ... eliminated in first round by Washington (4-2).

Honors


Ben Gordon became first rookie to be named NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year ... Gordon (Freshman team), Luol Deng (Freshman team) and Kirk Hinrich (Sophomore team) participated in the got milk? Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend ... Gordon named Eastern Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month for Jan.., Feb. and March ... Scott Skiles named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for Jan. ... Gordon and Deng were also named to the got milk? NBA All-Rookie First Team ... the Bulls finished second in the NBA in attendance (averaged 20,204) and hosted 19 sellouts at the United Center, including 11 consecutive sellouts to close the regular season.

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