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2008–09 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Vinny Del Negro
Arena United Center
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 7th (Eastern)
Playoff finish First round (eliminated 4–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Chicago Bulls seasons
< 2007–08 2009–10 >

The 2008–09 Chicago Bulls season is the 43rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Key dates

Contents:
OffseasonDraft picksRosterRegular season (StandingsGame log)
PlayoffsPlayer statsAwards and recordsTransactionsReferencesSee also

Offseason

The Bulls re-signed Luol Deng to a 6 year $71 million contract on July 30, 2008. Ben Gordon signed a 1 year contract on October 2, 2008.

Regular season

The 2008-09 team visits President of the United States Barack Obama at the White House on February 26, 2009.

The Bulls were having a meager year floating under .500 and on February 18, 2009 they made their first of several trades sending Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons, Michael Ruffin to the Sacramento Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons.[1] Then on February 19, 2009, the NBA trade deadline, the Bulls traded Larry Hughes to the New York Knicks for Tim Thomas, Jerome James, and Anthony Roberson.[2] Later that day the Bulls made the third trade in a span of less than 24 hours sending swingman Thabo Sefolosha to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2009 first round pick.[3]

The trades brought a late-season push for the Bulls, which finally clinched a playoff berth on April 10, 2009, their fourth in the last five years. Then on April 13, 2009 they clinched the 7th place in the east by beating the Detroit Pistons and remained .5 game ahead of Philadelphia 76ers for the 6th spot with one game remaining. The Bulls though lost their last game to Toronto and the 76ers beat Cleveland, who didn't play most of its best players. The Bulls finished 7th even though they tied Philadelphia at 41-41. The Bulls got matched up with a Garnett-less Boston in the first round of the playoffs.

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Season standings

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805 39–2 27–14 13–3 82
x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25 28–13 13–28 9–7 82
x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27 21–20 18–23 7–9 82
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30 25–16 11–30 7–9 82
Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32 22–19 12–29 4–12 82
# Eastern Conference   
Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805 82
2 Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 4 82
3 Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 7 82
4 Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 19 82
5 Miami Heat 43 39 .524 23 82
6 Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 25 82
7 Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25 82
8 Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27 82
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30 82
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 31 82
11 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32 82
12 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32 82
13 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 33 82
14 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 34 82
15 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 47 82

Playoffs

The Bulls-Celtics series became the first playoff series in NBA history to have 4 games go into overtime.[4]

2009 NBA Playoffs
Eastern Conference First Round vs. Boston (2)
Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Attendance Series
1 April 16 Chicago 105-103 Boston OT 18,624 1–0
2 April 20 Chicago 115-118 Boston 18,624 1-1
3 April 23 Boston 107-86 Chicago 23,072 1-2
4 April 26 Boston 118-121 Chicago 2OT 23,072 2-2
5 April 28 Chicago 104-106 Boston OT 18,624 2-3
6 April 30 Boston 127-128 Chicago 3OT 23,430 3-3
7 May 2 Chicago 99-109 Boston 18,624 3-4

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics

Legend

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Luol Deng 49 46 34.0 .448 .400 .796 6.0 1.9 1.22 0.51 14.1
Drew Gooden* 31 27 29.6 .457 .000 .866 8.6 1.4 0.84 0.45 13.1
Ben Gordon 82 76 36.6 .455 .410 .864 3.5 3.4 0.87 0.27 20.7
Aaron Gray 56 18 12.8 .485 .000 .576 3.9 0.8 0.25 0.32 3.5
Kirk Hinrich 51 4 26.3 .437 .408 .791 2.4 3.9 1.29 0.37 9.9
Larry Hughes* 30 6 26.4 .412 .392 .817 3.1 2.0 1.20 0.30 12.0
Lindsey Hunter 28 0 9.5 .329 .333 .600 0.4 1.3 0.71 0.04 2.6
Linton Johnson* 8 0 5.3 .364 .500 .000 1.0 0.3 0.13 0.00 1.1
Brad Miller* 27 0 27.6 .478 .231 .853 7.4 3.2 0.81 0.44 11.8
Demetris Nichols* 2 0 2.5 .250 .000 .000 0.0 0.5 0.00 0.00 1.0
Joakim Noah 80 55 24.2 .556 .000 .676 7.6 1.3 0.61 1.38 6.7
Andrés Nocioni* 53 2 24.1 .414 .378 .806 4.2 1.1 0.49 0.30 10.4
Anthony Roberson* 6 0 3.8 .294 .200 .000 1.2 0.2 0.00 0.00 2.0
Derrick Rose 81 80 37.0 .475 .222 .788 3.9 6.3 0.81 0.22 16.8
John Salmons* 26 21 37.7 .473 .415 .843 4.3 2.0 0.96 0.58 18.3
Thabo Sefolosha* 43 14 17.1 .434 .300 .840 2.9 1.5 0.81 0.44 4.5
Cedric Simmons* 11 0 5.5 .524 .000 .429 1.1 0.2 0.09 0.36 2.5
Tim Thomas* 18 0 14.1 .400 .442 .700 2.3 0.7 0.33 0.00 5.8
Tyrus Thomas 79 61 27.5 .451 .333 .783 6.4 1.0 1.15 1.91 10.8

*Statistics with the Chicago Bulls

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Ben Gordon 7 7 43.4 .388 .370 .875 2.9 3.0 .43 .14 24.3
John Salmons 7 7 44.7 .402 .316 .853 4.4 2.3 1.29 1.00 18.1
Derrick Rose 7 7 44.7 .492 .000 .800 6.3 6.4 .57 .71 19.7
Brad Miller 7 0 26.5 .471 .714 .792 7.9 1.3 .29 .86 10.1
Tyrus Thomas 7 7 27.9 .438 .000 .786 6.3 .86 1.00 2.6 9.6
Kirk Hinrich 7 0 30.0 .468 .394 .680 4.1 2.9 1.71 .43 12.6
Joakim Noah 7 7 38.7 .509 .000 .760 13.1 2.3 .86 2.14 10.1
Tim Thomas 2 0 7.5 .300 .250 .000 1.5 0.0 .00 .00 3.5
Aaron Gray 2 0 4.5 .000 .000 .000 0.5 0.0 .00 .00 0.0
Lindsey Hunter 6 0 4.0 .333 .333 .750 0.71 0.71 .29 .00 0.86
Anthony Roberson 1 0 4.0 .750 1.000 .000 1.0 0.0 2.0 .00 8.0
Linton Johnson 3 0 3.3 .500 .000 1.000 1.3 0.3 .00 .00 1.3
TOTAL 7 --- --- .442 .388 .793 45.6 22.0 9.14 6.71 111.1

Awards and records

Awards

Derrick Rose = Rookie of the Year

Records

4—Overtime games played in this series

7—Overtime periods played in this series, more than any other NBA team has played in an ENTIRE postseason.

Roster

2008-09 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
SF 9 United Kingdom Deng, Luol 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
PF 90 United States Gooden, Drew (To SAC) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Kansas
SG 7 United States Gordon, Ben 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Connecticut
C 34 United States Gray, Aaron 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Pittsburgh
PG 12 United States Hinrich, Kirk (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
SG 32 United States Hughes, Larry (To NY) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Saint Louis
PG 11 United States Hunter, Lindsey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jackson State
C 31 United States James, Jerome Injured 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Florida A&M
SF 54 United States Johnson, Linton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Tulane
C 52 United States Miller, Brad 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 261 lb (118 kg) Purdue
SF 35 United States Nichols, Demetris (Waived) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Syracuse
PG 21 United States Nelson, DeMarcus 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Duke
C 13 United States Noah, Joakim 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Florida
SF 5 Argentina Nocioni, Andres (To SAC) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Argentina
PG 5 United States Roberson, Anthony 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Florida
PG 1 United States Rose, Derrick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Memphis
PF 51 United States Ruffin, Michael (To SAC) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Tulsa
SF 15 United States Salmons, John 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Miami (Fla.)
SG 2 Switzerland Sefolosha, Thabo (To OKC) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Switzerland
PF 15 United States Simmons, Cedric (To SAC) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) North Carolina State
PF 2 United States Thomas, Tim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Villanova
PF 24 United States Thomas, Tyrus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) LSU
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2009-04-09

Transactions

Draft picks

The Bulls beat the odds and won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 20, 2008. The Bulls vaulted from the ninth spot to win the NBA Draft Lottery in Secaucus, N.J. and obtain the first pick in the June 26 NBA Draft.[5] Chicago had a 1.7 percent chance of winning and were represented by Executive Vice President, Business Operations Steve Schanwald. The Heat had the best odds of securing the top selection and will pick second followed by the Timberwolves and Sonics.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 1 Derrick Rose Point Guard American University of Memphis
2 39 Sonny Weems Shooting Guard American University of Arkansas

Trades

Date Acquired From For
June 26, 2009 Omer Asik Portland Trail Blazers Sonny Weems[6]
February 18, 2009 Brad Miller and John Salmons Sacramento Kings Drew Gooden, Andres Nocioni, Michael Ruffin and Cedric Simmons[7]
February 19, 2009 Jerome James, Anthony Roberson and Tim Thomas New York Knicks Larry Hughes[2]
February 19, 2009 2009 First Round Draft Pick Oklahoma City Thunder Thabo Sefolosha[3]

Free Agents

Additions

Player Signed Former team
Michael Ruffin October 27, 2008 Washington Wizards
Lindsey Hunter November 13, 2008 Detroit Pistons
Linton Johnson March 11, 2009 Charlotte Bobcats
DeMarcus Nelson April 9, 2009 Golden State Warriors

Subtractions

Player Left New team
JamesOn Curry [8] July 31, 2009 None
Shannon Brown [9] August 6, 2009 Charlotte Bobcats
Demetris Nichols [10] November 17, 2009 New York Knicks

References

See also


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