Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE
Bulls fans have had mixed feelings about the expectations of the team. It is hard to gauge where the Bulls are as a team. One thing is certain.
The Bulls as currently constructed, cannot be considered contenders. They are not among the potential lottery teams of the NBA either. What the Bulls are is a team stuck in the middle, NBA purgatory.
They are not good enough to win a NBA Championship, not this season even if Rose returns. The road to the Finals would have to go through the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets or the New York Knicks. Each team is playing better basketball than the Bulls, getting past any of these teams will not be easy.
The Bulls are not bad enough to have a chance at improving through the NBA Draft Lottery. A risky proposition because Coach Thibodeau does not play rookies often and the draft is a crapshoot. For every Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers’ rookie), there is a Royce White (Houston Rockets). Teams never know what kind of player rookies may turn out to be.
If the Bulls have any success this season, i.e. advancing to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, The Bulls will have exceeded expectations. Are the Bulls back at square one?