Chicago Bulls Analysis

The Bulls Are Making Disappointment Their Home

by John Wilmes

Dec 6, 2022 3:51 PM

It seems fair to say that Zach LaVine probably needs to play next to a different kind of running mate: one who runs an offense instead of bails it out; someone whose primary management he can play off. Read more »

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The Case For The Bulls Without Lonzo Ball

by John Wilmes

Sep 26, 2022 3:29 PM

All is not lost without Lonzo Ball, but it will take a delicate, intricate balancing act from Billy Donovan to make this curious collection of parts hum in a differently successful way. Read more »

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The Finished Bulls, Rising Bucks, And Ready Celtics

by John Wilmes

Apr 28, 2022 11:04 AM

Is Chicago willing to give up some of what it does well, and any of the people who currently define them, to beef up where they're sallow to compete with the jumbo teams in Milwaukee and Boston? Read more »

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Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Suns jumped from 30th in the NBA in Net Rating in 17-18 to 29th to 18th in 19-20 to third last season and first in 21-22. Read more »
The Bulls Are Back To Earth

by John Wilmes

The Bulls have reached a point in the season in which they are clearly undersized, battered, and visibly very tired. Read more »
DeMar DeRozan Is In The MVP Conversation

by Colin McGowan

Receiving MVP votes is a way of saying that a player touched greatness, that for a spell he was about as good as anybody else. And memory is fuzzy, memory is generous. Its appoximateness is appealing. Read more »
The Ad Hoc Bulls Are Still Back

by John Wilmes

Billy Donovan and the Bulls have consistently become a whole much stronger than the sum of its parts, regardless of the setbacks that have soiled them. Read more »
The New Bulls Are Still In Prelude Mode

by John Wilmes

Exactly halfway through this remarkably tempestuous season, the Bulls have shown resourcefulness, resolve, and evolution ample enough to suggest that they could rise to the title contender level with time. Read more »
DeMar DeRozan's Deliverance

by Katie Heindl

DeMar DeRozan has come into his power like the sun showing up in the eye of a hurricane, there all along but waiting, patiently, for the circle of fortune to form up around him. Read more »
The Overdue Recognition Of DeMar DeRozan

by John Wilmes

DeMar DeRozan wasn't LeBron and he wasn't Kawhi, and he also wasn't Tim Duncan when he reached the Spurs. He quietly improved nonetheless and turned into one of the most overlooked playmakers in the NBA. Read more »
Scottie Pippen Is Ornery And All Over The Place

by Colin McGowan

Scottie Pippen didn't get exactly what he wanted a long time ago, and has let those minor slights govern the entire back half of his life. He wears his disappointments about as heavily as any retired athlete in recent memory. Read more »
The Bulls, Knicks And The Return To History

by John Wilmes

Atop a tapestry of overlapping mythologies, the Bulls and Knicks treated the basketball world to a highly romantic slobberknocker. Both franchises are now finally on the right side of mediocrity, after a several-year stretch during which the two teams were the biggest losers in all of the NBA. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Zach LaVine

by Colin McGowan

While that natural athleticism obviously helps him on the court, it has perhaps also made us slow to appreciate the fulsome layers of polish Zach LaVine has applied to his game over the past few seasons. Read more »
Lauri Markkanen Is Stuck For Now

by Colin McGowan

The only option on the table right now for Lauri Markkanen is to accept the Bulls' qualifying offer and hope he has a healthy and productive 21-22, featuring for a team that hardly values him. Read more »
High Time For DeMar DeRozan To Impress Again

by Colin McGowan

The Bulls are all in trying to win 50 games this year, and DeMar DeRozan will help considerably. There is a rung right below greatness, where some swell players hang out, but you can lose track of them. Read more »
The Bulls Are, In Fact, Back?

by John Wilmes

This is not a team built for development, but to win. Not to win a title, per se, but certainly to win more games than it loses, and for a good number of those victories to leave an attractive stamp on the broader basketball imagination. Read more »
The Opening Hours Of NBA Free Agency As Thirty Mission Statements

by Jack Tien-Dana

The advent of protracted trade demands and the play-in tournament and reshuffled lotto odds have conspired to incentivize goodness and punish intentional foulness. The NBA has pushed teams toward respectability. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Jazz jumped from ninth in Net Rating last season to first in 20-21. Read more »
The Reshuffling Bulls, And Their Fans' Search For Coherence

by John Wilmes

Because Bulls fans have become so literate in losing, and are so removed from success, it is hard for them to see the seeds of something better. Read more »
2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Central Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Bulls, Pistons and Cavaliers are rebuilding, the Pacers are trying to get out of the get of the first round, the Bucks have championship or bust expectations. Read more »