Rare is the occasion in professional sports that a team’s season goes exactly as envisioned.
Just ask the Chicago Bulls.
Since Derrick Rose arrived six years ago, the Second City has dreamt of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy every season. They’ve come up short five times, but none has been as unpredictable as this sixth and current campaign.
After 37 games in the weakest showing by either conference in the new millennium, the Bulls sit sixth in the East with a 18-19 record. They’ve put together two five-game winning streaks and two four-game losing skids in the same half-season. Their two best players—Rose and Luol Deng—are nowhere to be seen. And the current leading scorer doesn’t crack 15 points per game.
The historically trade-averse franchise could be one of the league’s busiest sellers at the trade deadline, yet Chicago is still in the thick of the “Leastern” Conference playoff race.
So what have we learned about the Bulls so far? This list provides the team’s 10 biggest developments in this young 2013-14 season, ranked in order based on level of surprise, effect on the team’s future and effect on the current season.
All statistics courtesy of ESPN, unless otherwise noted