Grading Chicago Bulls' Key Players at 2014 NBA All-Star Break

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Grading Chicago Bulls' Key Players at 2014 NBA All-Star Break
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Heading into the All-Star break, it’s necessary to grade the Chicago Bulls roster. We’ll only focus on the team’s top 10 players, meaning diehard fans of Mike James and Tornike Shengelia should be utterly disappointed. Sorry to let you guys down.

And Derrick Rose will not be featured either. The 2011 MVP is still the face of the franchise, but he has played just 10 games this season due to a torn meniscus.

The Bulls are currently 26-25, not quite the record fans were hoping for at this point. This was supposed to be a title-contending-type campaign, as experts believed they had a chance to knock off either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

However, with Rose out for the year and Luol Deng now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, you can forget about championship No. 7 this June.

Barring anymore salary-dump trades, this squad is certainly capable of reaching the playoffs, though. The roster still includes talented guys like Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler, who help make the Bulls one of the top defensive teams in the business.

 

All stats are from basketball-reference.com and accurate as of Feb. 13, 2014. 

 

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