2006-07

Record: 49-33
(Third Place)

Roster

Left to Right: (front row): Adrian Griffin, Andrés Nocioni, Chris Duhon, Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, Andre Barrett. (middle row): Malik Allen, Michael Sweetney, P.J. Brown, Ben Wallace, Martynas Andriuskevicius, Viktor Khryapa, Tyrus Thomas, Thabo Sefolosha. (back row): Equipment Manager John Ligmanowski, Strength and Conditioning Coach Erik Helland, Assistant Coach Ron Adams, Assistant Coach/Advance Scout Mike Wilhelm, Assistant Coach Pete Myers, Head Coach Scott Skiles, Lead Assistant Coach Jim Boylan, Head Athletic Trainer Fred Tedeschi, Assistant Athletic Trainer Marc Boff, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Michael Irr.

Team Leaders (avg)

21.4

Points


Ben Gordon

155

3pt FGs


Ben Gordon

10.7

Rebounds


Ben Wallace

6.3

Assists


Kirk Hinrich

1.44

Steals


Ben Wallace

2.03

Blocks


Ben Wallace

Regular season

Named Jim Paxson Consultant (07/05/06) ... waived Othella Harrington (07/07/06), Howard Eisley (07/21/06) and Luke Schenscher (10/30/06) ... signed free agents Ben Wallace (07/13/06) and Adrian Griffin (07/31/06) ... acquired P.J. Brown and J.R. Smith from New Orleans/Oklahoma City in exchange for Tyson Chandler (07/14/06) ... traded J.R. Smith to Denver in exchange for Howard Eisley and two future second-round draft picks (07/20/06) ... acquired Martynas Andriuskevicius from Cleveland in exchange for Eddie Basden (08/18/06) ... named Michael Irr Assistant Strength Coach, Casey Owens Video Coordinator and Adam Tatalovich as Assistant Video Coordinator (08/23/06) ... picked up fourth-year options on Luol Deng, Ben Gordon and Viktor Khryapa (10/24/06) ... signed Kirk Hinrich to a multi-year extension (10/31/06) ... on opening night at Miami, the Bulls beat the defending champion Heat 108-66, marking the worst opening night defeat for a defending NBA champion in league history ... after starting the season 3-9, the Bulls won 12 of their next 13 games, including streaks of seven and five games ... team posted a 7-1 mark during its longest homestand in franchise history ... team finished with 49 wins in the regular season, the most since the 1998 championship season ... Luol Deng became the 15th player in team history to start all 82 games in a single season ... the Bulls finished second in the NBA in 3FG% (.388) and in opponent FG% (.435).

Draft


First round, LaMarcus Aldridge (Texas), Rodney Carney (Memphis). The Bulls then traded the rights to Aldridge to Portland for No. 4 pick Tyrus Thomas (LSU) and Viktor Khryapa. The Bulls also traded the rights to Carney, along with New York’s 2007 second-round pick and cash, to Philadelphia for No. 13 pick Thabo Sefolosha (Switzerland).

Playoffs


Qualified for the third straight season ... defeated defending champion Miami 4-0 in the first round ... eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by Detroit 4-2.

Honors


Tyrus Thomas competed in the 2007 Sprite Slam Dunk competition at All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas ... Ben Gordon also participated in the All-Star festivities, as he teamed with Bulls great Scottie Pippen and Candice Dupree of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky in the Haier Shooting Stars Competition ... Ben Gordon was twice named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (01/29/07 and 04/16/07) ... Ben Wallace and Kirk Hinrich were each named to the All-Defensive Second Team ... Luol Deng was named recipient of the 2006-07 Sportsmanship Award ... Tyrus Thomas was selected to the 2007 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Second Team ... the Bulls averaged a league-leading 22,253 per home game and sold out all 41 regular season games and all five playoff games, to extend the franchise’s sellout streak to 49 straight games.

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