Which Opponents Are the Chicago Bulls Most Likely to Dominate This Season?

Mike B.Correspondent IOctober 30, 2013

April 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (left) and Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (right) sit on the bench during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Cavaliers 107-75.  Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

With Derrick Rose back in the lineup, the Chicago Bulls are bound to annihilate a couple of teams this season.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat, who are looking for their third consecutive title, are not one of those teams. King James is clearly the best player in the world, and the rest of the roster is stocked full of championship-caliber talent.

The Indiana Pacers are also a tough opponent for Chicago, and the two teams should duke it out for the Central Division crown.

And out West, title contenders like the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder are sure to be trouble. You can add the Dwight Howard and James Harden-led Houston Rockets to the list as well.

So which teams will the Bulls likely dominate in 2013-14? Which opponents won't be looking forward to their meetings with Rose and his Chi-Town crew?


Boston Celtics

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Brad Stevens is in for a long, very long year.

After a few regular season games, the new Boston Celtics coach might start to wish he had stayed at Butler University instead of joining the NBA.

The Celtics were title contenders a few years ago, led by future Hall of Famers like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Nowadays, though, they are in rebuilding mode and one of the league's worst teams. That's why the Bulls shouldn't have a problem dominating the new-look squad in each of their three meetings this season.

It's unclear when Boston's franchise point guard Rajon Rondo, who tore his ACL last season, will return to the hardwood. But with or without him, the Celtics shouldn't be much of a threat for Chicago, although Rondo vs. Rose will be an entertaining matchup.

With Pierce and Garnett now members of the Brooklyn Nets, Jeff Green is expected to be the Celtics' new go-to scorer. That's not a good thing, seeing that he has averaged only 13.6 points for his career thus far.

Chicago's frontcourt trio of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and reserve Taj Gibson trumps Boston's big man group, which includes rookie Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries. It's not even close.

Again, Brad Stevens is in for a long year.

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns have to be the worst team in the entire Association. Actually, they might go down as the worst team in NBA history when it's all said and done.

Yes, they're that bad.

Unless you're an NBA fanatic, you probably haven't heard of anyone on the roster besides maybe Eric Bledsoe.

The Suns are obviously trying to be the league's worst team.

They recently traded solid big man Marcin Gortat to the Washington Wizards for the injured Emeka Okafor and a protected first-round pick. It looks like they're making a huge attempt to land Andrew Wiggins in next year's draft, which makes sense.

As a result, Phoenix will likely get blown out a ton of times this season, including twice against the Bulls.

A roster which consists of guys like P.J. Tucker, Gerald Green and Archie Goodwin just isn't very talented and isn't going to scare anybody. And rookie center Alex Len isn't expected to be a megastar right off the bat.

Who's going to stop Rose—Goran Dragic? And who's going to shut down Boozer? Hey don't laugh, Booz put up 28 points and 14 boards in a game versus the Suns last season. 

Rose, Boozer, Luol Deng or Jimmy Butler could easily drop 30 points on this Phoenix team.

Philadelphia 76ers

While the Suns may be the worst team around, the Philadelphia 76ers aren't too far behind.

Philly's roster doesn't possess a smorgasbord of All-Stars, no doubt about it. There are a few solid players, though, like Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young. Yet the Bulls will likely crush them whenever they meet.

All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday could've given Rose a little trouble. However, Philadelphia dealt him to the New Orleans Pelicans this past summer for lottery pick Nerlens Noel, who may not play a single minute this season due to a torn ACL.

The Sixers will start rookie Michael Carter-Williams at the point. Although the 6'6" former Syracuse star is taller than Rose (6'3"), he's going to get schooled by the 2011 MVP. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it. Rose will leave MCW in the dust, basically saying, "Welcome to the league, rook."

Joakim Noah had an unbelievable triple-double last February against the Sixers. The All-Star center recorded 23 points, 21 rebounds and a ridiculous 11 blocks. Maybe he'll have a similar performance versus Philly this season.

Like Phoenix, the Sixers should be in the running to draft Wiggins or another future star to build around.

And in the meantime, the Bulls will get an easy win whenever Philadelphia is the opponent.


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