The NBA season will be underway in less than a month with Training Camp starting at the end of September. The Chicago Bulls have made improvements and will be looking to move on from the Rose and Noah era. There are many questions that will surround the Bulls all season but with the start of camp, let’s dive into what the Bulls must make clear before their season opener.
Is This The Best Backcourt In The NBA
To the younger generation they may look at Curry and Thompson and point to them as the best but combined, they cannot match what Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade can and will do as a unit. Even in their championship winning seasons neither player had a partner in the backcourt that could do what the other can. Rondo led the NBA in assists last season with 12 but also averaged 11 points, six rebounds, and two steals in 72 games. Wade averaged 19 points in 74 games as his heath was a non-issue. What will they do as a unit?
Taj Gibson or Nikola Mirotic
Both players are about the same height and weight but offer different skills to the team. Gibson is the blue-collar guy the will put his body on the line for the sake of a rebound or charge. There won’t be many plays ran for him, but he will get his off the three offensive rebounds he averaged in 2015. As for Mirotic, he’s a scorer all the way thru. If focused and receiving enough minutes he can put down 20 a night. But when it comes to the defensive side and rebounding he’s not one of the Bulls strongest players. One has to start, one has to sit. But who?
Can They Challenge The Cavs
These are not the same Bulls from 2015. There are a few carry-overs but this will be a completely different team playing wise and mentality. Jimmy Butler will get to play with proven winners in Rondo and Wade. The Bulls lost Noah but got another blue-collar guy in Robin Lopez. If the bench can muster up some points the Bulls have a legit shot at knocking off the Cave for Eastern Conference supremacy.