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1966–67 Chicago Bulls season

1966–67 Chicago Bulls season
Head coachJohnny "Red" Kerr
ArenaInternational Amphitheatre
Record33–48 (.407)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishWest Division Semifinals
(Lost to Hawks 0–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
(Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd)
(Lou Boudreau, Vince Lloyd)
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The 1966–67 Chicago Bulls season was the first season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Draft picks

Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first and second rounds, and any other players drafted by the franchise that played at least one NBA game.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 10 Dave SchellhaseG  United States Purdue
2 20 Erwin MuellerF/C  United States San Francisco

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Roster listing
1966–67 Chicago Bulls roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
F19Boozer, Bob6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Kansas State
C12Bowman, Nate6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Wichita State
F/C17Chappell, Len6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Wake Forest
F16Clemens, Barry6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Ohio Wesleyan
G/F15Erickson, Keith6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) UCLA
F9Kojis, Don6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Marquette
F/C18McLemore, McCoy6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Drake
F/C14Mueller, Erwin6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) San Francisco
G5Rodgers, Guy6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Wake Forest
G8Schellhase, Dave6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Purdue
G/F4Sloan, Jerry6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Evansville
G6Ward, Gerry6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Boston College
F/C7Washington, Jim6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Villanova
C17Wilson, George6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Cincinnati
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season

The brand-new Chicago Bulls franchise earned its first victory on October 15, 1966, with a 104–97 win over the St. Louis Hawks. The team's coach was Johnny "Red" Kerr, a former player with the Syracuse Nationals, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Baltimore Bullets. He is one of a select group of players to surpass the 10,000 mark in both rebounds and points, and he held the league record for consecutive games played with 844 until Randy Smith eclipsed his mark during the 1982–83 season.

Chicago's starting lineup on opening night included Len Chappell, Bob Boozer, Don Kojis, Jerry Sloan, and Guy Rodgers. In the team's victorious debut against St. Louis, Rodgers poured in a game-high 37 points. Three days later the Bulls ran their record to 2–0 by defeating the San Francisco Warriors, 119-116. Then, behind 34 points and 18 assists from Rodgers, Chicago upped its winning streak to three games with a 134–124 triumph over the defending Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Chicago finished with a 33–48 record, the best ever by an expansion team in its first year of play. The Bulls secured a playoff berth in the Western Division, but the Hawks eliminated them in the opening round. Kerr was named NBA Coach of the Year, and center Erwin Mueller made the NBA All-Rookie Team. Rodgers led the NBA in assists with 11.2 per game (including a club-record 24 against the New York Knicks on December 21) and also topped the team in scoring at 18.0 points per game. Rodgers and Sloan represented the new franchise in the 1967 NBA All-Star Game.

Season standings

Western DivisionWLPCTGBHomeRoadNeutralDiv
x-San Francisco Warriors4437.54318–1011–1915–824–12
x-St. Louis Hawks3942.481518–1112–219–1021–15
x-Los Angeles Lakers3645.444821–1812–203–714–22
x-Chicago Bulls3348.4071117–199–177–1217–19
Detroit Pistons3051.3701412–189–199–1414–22

Record vs. opponents

1966–67 NBA records
Chicago 6–31–85–44–56–33–61–83–64–5
Los Angeles7–24–53–66–34–54–51–83–64–5
New York7–20–96–33–65–45–41–85–44–5
San Francisco7–23–66–34–57–26–34–52–75–4
St. Louis5–44–55–43–67–25–45–41–84–5

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West Division Semifinals

(2) St. Louis Hawks vs. (4) Chicago Bulls: Hawks win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 114, Chicago 100
  • Game 2 @ Chicago: St. Louis 113, Chicago 107
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 119, Chicago 106

Awards and records