2014-15

Record: 50-32
(Second Place)

Roster

Left to Right: Doug McDermott, Tony Snell, E’Twaun Moore, Kirk Hinrich, Derrick Rose, Aaron Brooks, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy. (middle row): Equipment Manager John Ligmanowski, Director of Sports Performance Jennifer Swanson, Cameron Bairstow, Nazr Mohammed, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Nikola Mirotić, Taj Gibson, Assistant Athletic Trainer Armando Rivas, Head Athletic Trainer Jeff Tanaka. (back row): Video Coordinator Daisuke Yoshimoto, Assistant Video Coordinator Paul Miller, Assistant Coach Mike Wilhelm, Assistant Coach Andy Greer, Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin, Assistant Coach Ed Pinckney, Head Strength Coach Nick Papendieck, Assistant Strength Coach Matt Johnson, Strength Associate Ed Streit

Team Leaders (avg)

20.0

Points


Jimmy Butler

121

3pt FGs


Aaron Brooks

11.8

Rebounds


Pau Gasol

4.9

Assists


Derrick Rose

1.8

Steals


Jimmy Butler

1.9

Blocks


Pau Gasol

Regular season

For the seventh season in a row, and the 10th time in 11 seasons, the Chicago Bulls qualified for the NBA playoffs … Chicago earned the third seed in the East with 50 victories—it marked the fifth consecutive season that the Bulls won at least 45 games … the team posted a winning record on the road for a franchise-record fifth consecutive season … Pau Gasol led the NBA with a career-high 54 double-doubles, as he averaged 18.5 ppg and 11.8 rpg (fourth in the NBA); Gasol’s double-double total was the fourth-most in franchise history for a single season … for the second straight season, Jimmy Butler led the league in minutes per game (38.7 mpg) … Jimmy Butler ranked 15th in the NBA with a career-high 20.0 ppg and 11th in the league with 1.75 spg … Chicago ranked fourth in the league in opponent field goal shooting (.435) and ninth in the NBA in opponent scoring (97.8 ppg) … the Bulls led the NBA in home attendance for the sixth straight season with an average of 21,866 fans per game and extended their home sellout streak to 205 games

Draft


First round: Jusuf Nurkic (Croatia), Gary Harris (Michigan State); Second round: Cameron Bairstow (New Mexico).

Playoffs


Qualified for the 10th time in 11 seasons … defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the First Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs (4-2) … eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-4).

Honors


Pau Gasol was selected as a starter for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game in New York, while Jimmy Butler was a reserve for the East squad … Nikola Mirotić was chosen to play in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend … Butler earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for October/November … Mirotić was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December and March … Butler was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player and earned All-Defensive Second Team honors … Joakim Noah claimed the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award … Gasol won the Magic Johnson Award … Gasol earned All-NBA Second Team honors … Mirotić was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team … the franchise received the inaugural ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award.