Derrick Rose returned from his ACL injury but only played in 10 games. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau adjusted once again and made sure his team gave 100% effort each night. They struggled scoring the ball and were last in the league, however their defense was 1st in the league. Joakim Noah improved his game and led them to 48 wins.
The Bulls were without Rose once again. They traded away fan favorite Loul Deng and managed to get a good season out of D.J. Augustin. Augustin averaged 14.9 ppg, hit a career high 132 threes and shot 41%. Thibodeau did the best with what he had. Noah averaged 12.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg and a career high 5.4 apg. He went on to win Defensive Player of the Year. He was the heart and soul for this team and he was tied for 2nd with four triple-doubles.
Although he only started eight games Taj Gibson was a big factor for this team. He usually finished games alongside Noah and he put up good numbers. He is a defensive guy who could knock down an open shot and was aggressive on the offensive glass. Jimmy Butler is another defensive minded player who averaged a career high 13 ppg. However his three point percentage dropped as he took more threes, he went from 38% to 28%.
They traded their two draft picks to the Denver Nuggets for the draft rights to Doug McDermott. McDermott is the long range shooter the Bulls need. He finished his career at Creighton with 3,150 points. He averaged 26.6 ppg in his final year. During summer league he averaged 18 and had one game where he scored 31 points knocking down 5 three pointers.
The Bulls await the return of Derrick Rose. He played in all the games during the FIBA World Cup. He had one really great game as he fought off the rust. He still looked fast and explosive and he is an upgrade to any other option the Bulls have at point guard.
Pau Gasol was another player who battled injuries last year. He looked really good during the FIBA World Cup for Spain. Pau is just another scoring option for this Bulls team that struggles to score. He can play inside and out. He is a great passer who will work well with Noah. The Bulls also bring over Nikola Mirotic who is considered the best European basketball player. He is a 6’10 forward who can space the floor.
I believe Derrick Rose is finally back. He got some of the rust off during the World Cup and he will play in 70 games this year. The defense will be there and the additions of Gasol, McDermott and Mirotic will help the offense. I think they will be the favorite in the East because of their experience. They will win 58-60 games.