Now that free agency has lulled some fans into a snooze, it is time to start looking speculatively at what teams can do this upcoming season.
Clearly, the Eastern Conference has taken major strides in becoming a more well-rounded group, and one of those teams prepared to make a jump are the Chicago Bulls.
Yes, the Miami "Thrice," Boson Celtics, and Orlando Magic stick out on a level of their own, but it appears Chicago is ready to break down the door and enter among the East's beasts.
Despite not having the hopes of teams like Miami (72 wins, really?), there are clearly higher expectations in the Windy City.
To realize these expectations, there will be areas where the Bulls will perform, and some where they may have to "overachieve" to get to the promised land.
Here are four areas that Chicago will need to perform to be apart of the "Big Four," and whether it will take more than just 100 percent to surpass and take down some of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and NBA.