Let's face it: without Derrick Rose playing for the majority of the season, if at all, the Chicago Bulls have no chance of making any real noise in the NBA in the 2012-13 season. This season may be a lost season for Chicago, so the big question is: should the Bulls play not for the playoffs, but for a lottery pick instead?
Sure, the Bulls have shown that they can win on a regular basis without their star player, but with the newly overhauled team, it is yet to be seen if the current Bulls roster will play as cohesively as the team of the past two seasons.
Although it may seem like the wrong answer for competitive reasons, the Bulls may be better off taking this season off in hopes of landing a top-tier player in the 2013 NBA Draft.
There is some talent in this year's draft that the Bulls could use going forward, so in order to fill in voids to be a serious title contender, the Bulls must make sure they finish among the bottom dwellers of the league this year. Doing so would give Chicago a chance to land a top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
If Rose is out of commission so long that making the playoffs will depend on the newly-healed star, then not putting too heavy of a work load on the former MVP would be a wise decision by the Bulls organization.
Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad and Cody Zeller are more than likely making the jump to the NBA after the 2012-13 season. These three, among others, are some possible game changers available at the two positions at which the Bulls need the most help: 2-guard and center.
Having another able big body in the blocks for Chicago would allow current Bulls center Joakim Noah to have more help on defense, making it possible for Noah to concentrate more on his offensive game.
Add that to the growing thought that current starting power forward Carlos Boozer may see the amnesty clause used on him after this season if he doesn't become more reliable, and obtaining another big body will be something of importance going forward for the Bulls.
Adding someone like Shabazz Muhammad would add another player capable of scoring in droves, relieving some of the pressure that is on Rose's shoulders to score the bulk of the Bulls' points, all the while being their main distributor as well.
It is not a sure bet that Chicago would land one of the top spots in the draft lottery, but taking a chance to build for the future may be the Bulls best option, depending on how long it takes for their franchise player to get back to 100 percent.