The Chicago Bulls have officially completed the first half of their 2012-13 campaign after winning January 23rd against Detroit. As of the 23rd, the Bulls stand right at 25-16, good enough for fourth in the Eastern Conference, and only three games behind the top seed in the East.
The Bulls so far have exceeded expectations without Derrick Rose for the first half of the season. Many analysts, including me, thought that the Bulls would be the type of team fighting for a seventh seed or so, and that they would maybe win one playoff series at best.
It is true, the East has been weaker than expected, but the Bulls have undoubtedly been better. They are currently on pace for 50 wins, and they are soon to get superstar point guard Derrick Rose back from ACL rehabilitation. That said, how does the team rate for the first half of the season?