When Tom Thibodeau came to coach the Chicago Bulls, he brought a team-oriented defensive system that relies on help defense and fluid rotations.
The Bulls finished the season second in points allowed (91.3) and first in defensive rating (100.3), allowing 80 or less points in 15 games.
Former Bulls shooting guard Keith Bogans played physical defense and provided good help defense for Derrick Rose. Luol Deng and Ronnie Brewer were the lockdown defenders.
Center Joakim Noah played at another level, gaining NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors with 15 votes. Rose (14), Deng (11), Bogans (two) and Brewer (one) also received votes.
Coach Nick from bballbreakdown.com analyzes how the Bulls do well in a team-oriented defensive style.
The Bulls do a no middle defensive strategy where the defender lines his feet up to prevent the ball-handler from driving the lane. This forces the ball-handler outside and take low-percentage shots, forcing everything to the baseline
The above is an example of this practice in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. Noah stays in front of Dwayne Wade as he was practicing no middle like Coach Nick said. Thus, Noah drives D-Wade to the left of the middle and had his arms up because he was in a proper defensive stance.
Ice is a strategy of taking away the sideline pick and roll. The defender forces the defender to the baseline and the screener's defend sinks back into the lane to take away the drive.
The video shows how the Bulls are very effective at this.
Another thing the video shows is the Bulls do a good job in closing out on the perimeters to prevent three-point shooters from getting a clean look even on crispy passing.
This team ranks seventh because it couldn't stop LeBron James and the Heat in the playoffs.