1990–91 Chicago Bulls season

The 1990–91 NBA season was the Bulls' 25th season in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls overcame a slow start, losing their first three games, to finish in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 61–21 record, surpassing their previous franchise-best from the 1971–72 season. Michael Jordan won another scoring title and his second MVP award, while being selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls swept the New York Knicks in three straight games. Then in the semifinals, they defeated the 5th-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in five games. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they swept the defending champion Detroit Pistons in four straight games, and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time. The Bulls went on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals in five games, winning their first ever championship in franchise history. This season was the first of three consecutive NBA titles for the Bulls, as well as marking the beginning of the legendary Bulls dynasty, which would net the team another five more championships over the next seven seasons.

Draft picks


Roster listing
Chicago Bulls roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
PG10United StatesArmstrong, B.J.6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)175 lb (79 kg)Iowa
C24United StatesCartwright, Bill7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)245 lb (111 kg)San Francisco
PF54United StatesGrant, Horace6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)245 lb (111 kg)Clemson
SG14United StatesHodges, Craig6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)190 lb (86 kg)Long Beach State
SG2United StatesHopson, Dennis6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)200 lb (91 kg)Ohio State
SG23United StatesJordan, Michael (C)6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)215 lb (98 kg)North Carolina
PF/C34United StatesKing, Stacey6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)230 lb (104 kg)Oklahoma
PF53United StatesLevingston, Cliff6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)230 lb (104 kg)Wichita State
PG5United StatesPaxson, John6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)185 lb (84 kg)Notre Dame
C32United StatesPerdue, Will7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)240 lb (109 kg)Vanderbilt
SF33United StatesPippen, Scottie6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)220 lb (100 kg)Central Arkansas
PF/C42United StatesWilliams, Scott6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)230 lb (104 kg)North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season

Season standings

Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

1990–91 game log
Total: 61–21 (Home: 35–6; Road: 26–15)
1990–91 schedule


1991 playoff game log
Total: 15–2 (Home: 8–1; Road: 7–1)
1990–91 schedule

Player stats

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game

Regular season



East First Round

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) New York Knicks: Bulls win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-2)

East Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers: Bulls win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 4): Chicago 105, Philadelphia 92
  • Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 6): Chicago 112, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 10): Philadelphia 99, Chicago 97
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 12): Chicago 101, Philadelphia 85
  • Game 5 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago (May 14): Chicago 100, Philadelphia 95

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-1)

East Conference Finals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Bulls win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4-3)

NBA finals

Game 1

Sunday, June 2, at the Chicago Stadium

Game 2

Wednesday, June 5, at the Chicago Stadium The Bulls shot a Finals record 61.7% from the floor, with a Jordan layup over Sam Perkins a highlight.

Game 3

Friday, June 7, at the Great Western Forum

Michael Jordan sends Game 3 to overtime with a pull-up jumper with 3.4 seconds to go.

Game 4

Sunday, June 9, at the Great Western Forum

Game 5

Wednesday, June 12, at the Great Western Forum

The Lakers were facing elimination, and the lack of Worthy and Scott was not any help to the Lakers. This would not stop Magic Johnson as Johnson had 20 assists in the game, but it was not enough. Elden Campbell outscored Michael Jordan with 13 points in the first half, but it was not enough. The Lakers still fought and even led 93-90 in the fourth quarter, but a Bulls 9-0 run, and Paxson's 10 points in the final half of the fourth quarter helped secure the Chicago Bulls', and Michael Jordan's first NBA title.

Award winners

NBA All-Star Game

  • Michael Jordan, Guard


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