Carlos Boozer will deliver the Chicago Bulls to a top four seed in the playoffs by leading them in scoring—thus justifying why he will not be an amnesty cut victim. This is just one of eight things that will surprise you about the Bulls in the upcoming 2012-13 NBA season.
We all left the Bulls for dead after Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the playoffs versus the Philadelphia 76ers. To make matters worse, the Bulls also parted ways with Omer Asik, C.J. Watson, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and the “White Mamba” Brian Scalabrine.
That was, according to my recollection, every member of the beloved “Bench Mob” except for Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.
It is easy to write off the Bulls with as many players as they have let go.
The Bulls opted to sign players to one and two-year deals in order to replace the departed free agents.
Names such as Nazr Mohammed and Vladimir Radmanovic may not inspire confidence, but they are solid NBA veterans. Those veterans signed for a fraction of the cost that the original “Bench Mob” earned.
The veterans' impact is the first of many big surprises the Bulls will have in store for the 2012-13 season.