'95-'96: A Bulls Season To Remember. The Bulls' '95-'96 season produced one of the most striking improvements in NBA single-season history when, after finishing the previous season 47-35, they charged to a 72-10 record. Their starting line-up was made up of Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Luc Longley; on their bench were Steve Kerr, Toni Kukoc, Bill Wennington, Jud Buechler, and guard Randy Brown. Their 72–10 remains the best record in NBA history.
Highlights: After a brief hiatus to pursue a baseball career, Jordan returned to the Bulls and won his eighth scoring title. Rodman captured his fifth straight rebounding title, while Kerr finished second in the league in three-point shooting percentage. Jordan garnered the elusive triple crown with the regular season MVP, All-star Game MVP, and Finals MVP. Krause was named Executive of the Year, Jackson Coach of the Year, and Kukoc the Sixth Man of the Year. Both Pippen and Jordan made the All-NBA First Team, and Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman made the All-Defensive First Team, making the Bulls the only team in history with three players on the All-Defensive First Team. In addition, the 1995–96 squad holds several other records, including the best road record in a standard 41-road-game season (33–8), the all-time best start by a team (41–3), the longest home winning streak (44 games, 7 from previous season), and the best start at home (37–0). The Bulls also posted the second-best home record in history (39–2), behind only the 1985–86 Celtics 40–1 home mark, and the second-best point differential in history, trailing the 1972 Lakers by 3 points over the course of an entire season. However, the significantly lower scoring by the Bulls and their opponents makes the Bulls' margin of victory more impressive. The team triumphed over Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and the Seattle SuperSonics for their fourth title. The 1995–96 Chicago Bulls are widely regarded as one of the greatest teams in the history of basketball.¹
'95-96 Stats For the Bulls Starters Player GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG Jordan 82 37.7 49.5 42.7 83.4 1.8 4.8 6.6 4.3 2.2 0.5 2.4 2.4 30.4 Pippin 77 36.7 46.3 37.4 67.9 2.0 4.5 6.4 5.9 1.7 0.7 2.7 2.6 19.4 Rodman 57 32.6 48.0 11.1 52.8 5.6 9.3 14.9 2.5 0.6 0.4 2.2 3.1 5.5 Longley 62 26.5 48.2 n/a 77.7 1.7 3.5 5.1 1.9 0.4 1.4 1.8 3.6 9.1 Harper 80 23.6 46.7 26.9 70.5 0.9 1.7 2.7 2.6 1.3 0.4 0.9 1.7 7.4 Kukoc 20 26.0 49.0 40.3 77.2 1.4 2.6 4.0 3.5 0.8 0.3 1.4 1.9 13.1
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