It was a roller coaster of a season for the Chicago Bulls, but they willed and fought their way to a top-four seed in the playoffs.
The Bulls got off to a slow start this year. Reintegrating Derrick Rose after he missed an entire season took some time, but few doubted that he'd ultimately regain his form.
On Nov. 22, Rose tore his meniscus and was forced to miss the rest of the season, generating a sense of deja vu throughout Chicago. Luol Deng was traded a few weeks later to the Cleveland Cavaliers, leaving the Bulls with just one All-Star.
That All-Star is Joakim Noah, and he did what many Bulls fans expected: He put the team on his back and carried it to the playoffs.
He didn't do it on his own, of course.
Taj Gibson also helped lead the charge off the bench, leading the team in scoring and playing defense at an elite level. Chicago signed point guard D.J. Augustin as insurance, and it paid off. He became the Bulls' most explosive scorer and provided them with the spark they needed to overcome the loss of Rose and Deng.
Chicago finished with a 48-34 record and the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
As we put a lid on the regular season and prepare for the postseason, let's evaluate each player's performance, taking into consideration individual development, overall production and recent accomplishments.