When Was the Last Time the Bulls Won the NBA Finals?

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine.
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine. / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages

The Chicago Bulls are back in the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, earning the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

It didn't come easily though, as Chicago stumbled a bit in the second half of the season, but held on to avoid the Play-In Tournament in the East. The Bulls are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season, but can they make a run at an NBA title?

Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic will try to lead them there and break what is starting to become a pretty long drought for Bulls fans.

When Was the Last Time the Bulls Won the NBA Finals?

The Chicago Bulls last won the NBA Finals when Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and head coach Phil Jackson were leading the way in the 1997-98 season.

In their 56 seasons in the NBA, the Bulls have gone to the NBA Finals six times, winning all six titles behind the legendary Jordan. Chicago amassed two three-peats in Jordan's career, winning titles in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

The Bulls have yet to make it back to the NBA Finals since, as the closest they've come to the Finals in the post-Jordan era was in the 2010-11 season when they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals. Derrick Rose was the team's best player and Tom Thibodeau was the Bulls' head coach that season. Both are now with the New York Knicks.

Oh, how times have changed.

Bulls Odds to Win the NBA Championship, Eastern Conference

The Bulls may be in the playoffs, but their road to the NBA Finals is a tough one.

Even with Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic and DeRozan, Chicago is a major underdog against the Bucks in the first round, coming in at +750 odds at WynnBET to win the series. A big reason for that is Chicago's struggles against elite teams this season.

At WynnBET Sportsbook, you can bet on the Bulls at +3500 odds to win the Eastern Conference and +7500 odds to win the NBA Finals this season. I wouldn't recommend it, but I wouldn't judge any fans who want to dream now that the team is back in the playoffs.

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