Chicago Bulls: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
The Line: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls have made the playoffs in six straight seasons and have to believe that they have what it takes to make a run this year in a wide open Eastern Conference. Of course, a lot of this depends of the health and play of point guard Derrick Rose.
Here is your 2014 Chicago Bulls NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott, Aaron Brooks
Key Losses: D.J. Augustin, Carlos Boozer
Biggest Strength: As long as Tom Thibodeau is head coach of the Chicago Bulls, their biggest strength will remain defense. Last season, the Bulls were first in the league in points allowed and that’s not going to change much with the coaching staff that’s in place. The Bulls defend every position as if it’s their last and they have 2014 DPOY Joakim Noah leading the charge. Some things just don’t change and with majority of the Bulls roster still intact, this is a squad that will continue to hold opponents under 100 points on a nightly basis.
Biggest Weakness: With the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Doug McDermott, the Bulls should be a better offensive team than a season ago. Heck, adding Pau Gasol doesn’t hurt either. However, an improved offense from last season isn’t saying much, as the Chicago Bulls finished last in the league in points per game. At times it seemed like the Bulls were lucky to score 90 points a game. The Bulls have one or two players who can create their own shot and the questionable point guard depth makes you wonder just how things are going to run when Rose is on the bench. Let’s just say it’s a good thing the Bulls are the best defensive team in the NBA.
Expectations: As long as Derrick Rose is healthy and can return to All-Star form, there’s no reason why the Bulls can’t make a run for an NBA title. Chicago plays the best defense of any team in the league and now has a versatile big man in Gasol to pair with Noah, arguably the best center in the game. Health and depth are concerns for the Chicago Bulls, but they’re still a team that can make a deep playoff run and possibly represent the East in the NBA finals this season.