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Chicago Bulls Preview

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The Chicago Bulls will be looking a little different from what we have been used to over the years. After years of watching Derrick Rose playing alongside Joakim Noah, a new wave of Bulls basketball is ahead of us. This season, the team will be lead by Jimmy Butler with Wade, Rondo, and the rest of the guys in supporting roles.

2015 Record: 42-40, 9th in Eastern conference

Additions:  Isaiah Canaan (Philadelphia), Jerian Grant (New York), Robin Lopez (New York), Rajon Rondo (Sacramento), Denzel Valentine (Michigan State), Dwyane Wade (Miami) and Paul Zipser (Bayern Munich).

Subtractions: Cameron Bairstow (Brisbane Bullets), Aaron Brooks (Indiana), Mike Dunleavy (Cleveland), Pau Gasol (San Antonio), Justin Holiday (New York), E’Twaun Moore (New Orleans), Joakim Noah (New York) and Derrick Rose (New Yotk).

Starting Lineup:

Rajon Rondo PG

Dwyane Wade SG

Jimmy Butler SF

Nikola Mirotic PF

Robin Lopez C

Thoughts Going Into The Season:

Going into the off season the goal of the franchise was to get younger and more athletic. With the key moves of adding Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and drafting Denzel Valentine, it did the opposite and will change up the way the Bulls play this upcoming season. Rondo and Wade’s offensive ability will take away the pressure that is on Butler to score and allow him to continue his success on the defensive side of the game. Despite being offensive threats, they struggle shooting the ball from beyond the arc and don’t show signs of getting any better anytime soon. They also are not great defensively which limits the Bulls there, especially since they will play most the game. Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott, are now in their third season, they will continue to grow and will be looked to in key moments to produce whether it is to hit a three late in the game or crash a board. The Bulls will to look to Mirotic to be there starting power forward over Bobby Portis because he gives them an outside threat as well as big man to work around. As well as those guys, Portis will step up his game and be someone the Bulls can count out at anytime during the course of the game. Isaiah Canaan will see a lot of time of the bench because he is one of the better shooting guards on the team and they will need him to score. The Bulls have plenty of people to look to off the bench which allows a constant switch of lineups to allow starters to get breaks. Despite this, it can also go wrong  do to the inexperience of these players because most of them haven’t played much on the court together. As always, Taj Gibson will do what he does year in, year out and step up where ever the team needs him. As a fan, you shouldn’t stress the standings as much as you should watch the team and players grow.


This season will be filled with up and down moments. We will see times were we don’t see them ever winning a game while also seeing games where they look like an elite team and someone that contend with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, etc. At the end of the season, if they are to make the playoffs they will likely slide into them with the 7th or 8th seed in the East. This team will then get knocked out early into the playoffs.


The Chicago Bulls tip-off their season with a home opener against the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m tonight.