The East Is Good Again
The Chicago Bulls have put together a roster that is worth talking about. In a recent interview with the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan spoke highly about his former team when talking about the top powerhouses in the Eastern Conference. Jordan had this to say about his former team, “My old team Chicago made some big, big changes, so they may compete in the East.”
Jordan is right, the Bulls finally have the pieces together to not only potentially finish above .500 for the first time since the 2015-16 season they finally have high expectations they will need to meet to please Chicago fans. The Eastern conference as a whole got better this offseason, The Bulls being one of those teams to string out a very interesting but compelling starting lineup come opening night.
Chicago will likely find themselves fighting for a middle-of-the-pack playoff spot. Brooklyn and Milwaukee are the obvious heavyweights in the East to go along with a young Hawks team that overachieved last season, not to mention a gritty and hungry Miami Heat squad.
Not to mention the 76ers who will be back healthy after a surprising first-round exit. The Celtics are also a team to keep an eye out for this season. For the first time in a long time, the East is a solid conference again with several solid teams.
New Look Roster
The Bulls will certainly be in the mix as their roster is full of guys with chips on their shoulders. Zach LaVine has made it a point of emphasis that he will talk about a contract extension after he sees results, winning four games in a row would be a start for LaVine as he has yet to do so in the NBA.
The Bulls front office took note of that and added a plethora of experienced NBA players. With three players capable of scoring 20 points a night (LaVine, DeRozan, Vucevic), and a 23-year-old pass-first point guard who has looked so good in a Bulls uniform in Lonzo Ball, the Bulls have the star power to make serious noise in a competitive Eastern Conference.
The underrated part of the Bulls team is the depth they finally have to rely on, they added 2020 NBA champion Alex Caruso who has been a glue guy for the Lakers since he entered the league, they will also bring last years starting point guard Coby White off the bench in a role he could very well excel in.
The Bulls will be without second-year Patrick Williams to start the season, however, when he returns to the lineup he will be bringing his elite defensive ability to go along with an improved offensive game. Other notable bench additions include high flyer Derrick Jones Jr., promising rookie Ayo Dosnmu as well as a gritty player in Javonte Green who could see an uptick in minutes while Williams is out. Alize Johnson and Tony Bradley round out the big men reserves in what is a complete and very solid Chicago Bulls roster.
This team has looked steller throughout the preseason so far as they look to build momentum for the start of the NBA season. This team is full of unselfish players that are ready to compete and put Chicago in the postseason for the first time since 2016. The team and vibes are different in the Bulls’ locker room as they look to establish themselves as a legitimate NBA finals contender. Bulls fans should be expecting the team to finish anywhere from 4th-6th in the eastern conference this upcoming season.
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