[2017-18 NBA Preview] Chicago Bulls

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Chicago Bulls one of those teams? No. No they aren’t. Sorry to Chicago fans, but your team is set to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season. Jimmy Butler is gone. Rajon Rondo is gone. Dwyane Wade? He’s in Cleveland now. This is a whole new Chicago Bulls team and unfortunately for Chicago fans, they aren’t going to be very good this year. Who’s the man now in Chi-Town? Kris Dunn? Denzel Valentine? Zach LaVine? Robin Lopez? Yuck. Fred Hoiberg took this Chicago job a few years ago with dreams of bringing the Bulls back into the NBA spotlight. Unfortunately for him, this thing is likely going to end with him jobless and the Chicago Bulls fighting for the #1 pick in the NBA Draft.

I really hope Chicago fans aren’t expecting much this season. Because something tells me they’ll be highly disappointed. How disappointed exactly?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 45-37 (2012-13), 48-34 (2013-14), 50-32 (2014-15), 42-40 (2015-16), 41-41 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016-17 First-Round vs. Boston Celtics

Last Playoff Series Win: 2014-15 First-Round vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1997-98 vs. Utah Jazz

NBA Championships Won: 6


 

Head Coach:

Fred Hoiberg

Overall Record: 83-81

Record With Team: 83-81

Playoff Record: 2-4


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Kris Dunn (3.8 PPG, 2.4 APG, 2.1 RPG, 8.1 PER)

SG: Denzel Valentine (5.1 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 7.3 PER)

SF: Paul Zipser (5.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 6.9 PER)

PF: Nikola Mirotic (10.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 14.5 PER)

C: Robin Lopez (10.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 14.4 PER)

Bench:

Zach LaVine (SG), Lauri Markkanen (PF), Jerian Grant (PG), Quincy Pondexter (SF), Cristiano Felicio (C), Cameron Payne (PG), Bobby Portis (PF), Justin Holiday (SG)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Jimmy Butler (23.9)

Rebounds Per Game: Taj Gibson (6.9)

Steals Per Game: Jimmy Butler (1.9)

Assists Per Game: Rajon Rondo (6.7)

Blocks Per Game: Robin Lopez (1.4)

Turnovers Per Game: Rajon Rondo (2.4)


 

The Prediction:

17-65

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