The Chicago Bulls are a team who’s been struggling in the last two seasons to stay in postseason contention. This team has experienced many different things, resulting them as a disappoint to Chicago fans. The Bulls have to fix many issues, and I’m here to discuss their problems, while analyzing their struggles.
When the Bulls signed Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade to compliment Jimmy Butler, they realized something. All of them need the ball to be effective. Of course instead of running their offense through Rondo, they ran it through their best player, perhaps their “superstar”, Butler that is. Wade seemed okay with it because he’s done this before with LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal, but Rondo wasn’t.
Now after being a full-time starter, Rondo is playing 15-20 minutes off the bench, and will most likely request a trade soon. The Bulls have to work out their offensive-play if they want to win, and the ideal move to do is to trade an unhappy Rajon Rondo.
2. The Windy City Assassin
Derrick Rose. Chicago’s sweetheart, their savior, their former league MVP, is…. gone.
After being highly-successful in Chicago, Rose of course became badly banged-up, but still showed glimpses of greatness, but just turned out to be a shell of his former-self. Ever since his departure to New York, the Bulls haven’t been the same without Rose running the show. Fans hate that Rose is gone as he was a fan favorite. The Bulls should realize that Rose isn’t there anymore, and that they need to plan without him.
The Bulls should build around Jimmy Butler, the team’s obvious best player who has developed his offensive game enough to be the main option.
3. Three-Point Shooting
The Bulls are without a doubt the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA. Sure, they have great shooters like Doug McDermott or Nikola Mirotic but only 2 players can’t control the terrible 31.7% on threes the Bulls have been shooting. Since threes are very important in the current NBA, The Bulls should trade for a “Three-And-D” player such as Matthew Dellavadova or Patrick Beverley. The Bulls will never be the best three-point shooting team in the NBA – but if they can get to at least average, the Bulls will have a reliable offense.
4. Rim Protection
After having premier rim-defenders such as Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, the Bulls have taken a step-back. Their bigs consist of aging veteran Robin Lopez and third-year player Nikola Mirotic, both of them are polished on offense but haven’t been great defenders. Especially for Mirotic, who has been in the league for only three seasons, and needs to work on his defensive timing.
Often when you watch the Bulls, guards can easily breakthrough their soft defense and score. Overall, the Bulls allow the 8th most points in the paint. If Chicago can get a rim protecting big man to go along with their outstanding perimeter defense, they could be very tough to get past on the defensive end.