The Chicago Bulls were the 3rd best team in the Eastern Conference when the regular season came to a close. They finished with a record of 50-32. Jimmy Butler won the Most Improved Player Award as he averaged 20.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.3apg, and 1.8spg in the regular season. He averaged 38.7mpg under Tom Thibodeau and shot .462% from the field and .378% from the 3pt line. Next came the playoffs.
They faced the up-and-coming Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round. The Bucks were able to give the Bulls a good fight in the playoffs, even taking 2 games before they eventually fell short 4-2. The Bulls moved on to the second round to face the 2nd seeded Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls poised the best threat to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference but it was not enough. They had a chance to go up 3-1 against the Cavaliers but could not capitalize and eventually lost the series 4-2 to LeBron James and company.
They basically have the same team as last year. They were able to retain star shooting guard Jimmy Butler (phew!) in the off-season. Their only key loss was head coach Tom Thibodeau as they fired him and hired Fred Hoiberg. The only player they added was Bobby Portis in the NBA Draft. That is the reason I have this team trending the same. It’s hard to tell exactly what kind of impact Fred Hoiberg will have on this team for this upcoming season. They have a great group of guys that are always considered contenders. Maybe Hoiberg is the guy to take them over the top? Or maybe they are stuck being great without being a championship team. We will have to see. The Bulls are going to be one of the top teams once again, exactly why I have them ranked #8.