While some Bulls' fans argued that they had played well in several games without Rose during the 2011-12 NBA season, others countered that it is a much different feat to compete for an entire season without a star player as opposed to a few games here and there.
Still, Chicago has been impressive thus far and is currently leading the Central Division with a 12-10 record.
This is largely due to the great defense played by the Bulls along with the rise of several players. Unfortunately, this team has also seen its share of disappointing play from players that they were expected to shine.
So who has improved the most from last season to carry Chicago to its division lead? And who has fallen off the wagon just when Chicago could really use them?
Keep reading to find out.