Stars garner most of the attention during the NBA playoffs, but don’t forget about the X-factors. An X-factor is an overlooked player who’s capable of stepping up at any time in order to help their team out.
Who are those valuable role players for the Chicago Bulls?
Chicago is led by the well-known trio of Derrick Rose (if he returns this season), Luol Deng and Joakim Noah. A healthy Rose is one of the game’s most unstoppable scorers, Deng is simply a lockdown defender and Noah is arguably the ultimate all-around center on the planet.
However, if the team wants to make a lot of noise in the postseason this year, it’s imperative that guys like Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich emerge and lend a helping hand.
Here are the Bulls’ five biggest X-factors.