5 Reasons Chicago Bulls Are NBA's Most Underrated Team

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5 Reasons Chicago Bulls Are NBA's Most Underrated Team
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The annual preseason ritual is to severely underrate the Bulls. As training camp goes on, the preseason games start revving up, and the prognostications come out, people tank on the Bulls. It's all a little bit of history repeating right now. The Bulls are, once again, the most underrated team in the NBA

You can argue that there will be some teams more "technically" underrated—teams whose difference between actual win totals and predicted win totals will be greater—but those teams won't have the same history of annually outperforming expectations. Yes, maybe Golden State finally won't suck, but they've underperformed long enough they deserve to be underrated. 

Chicago's different.

Two years ago, in 2010-11, this team was predicted to be, at best, a fourth or fifth seed in the East. Instead they finished with the best record in the NBA, in spite of missing Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah for substantial chunks of the season. 

Then last year, they were predicted to be the fourth or fifth best team in the NBA as they wouldn't be "catching people by surprise." Instead, even without Derrick Rose for over a third of the season, they finished once again with the best record in the NBA. 

Now this year, because of Derrick Rose's injury, they are predicted to be maybe a seventh or eighth seed. Many even have them as being a lottery team. 

This team is once again being severely underrated. Even without Rose, they are a 50-win team who will claim a top-four seed, and here is why. 

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