2009-10 Record: 41-41
Key Acquisitions: Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans
Key Losses: Kirk Hinrich, Brad Miller
After missing out on big-name free agents like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Chicago Bulls got nice consolation prizes, signing valuable players Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and Keith Bogans.
Boozer will give the Bulls the kind of player they haven't had since 2001, when Elton Brand averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds—a big man who can record big numbers on a nightly basis.
Brewer, Korver and Bogans, the projected starter at shooting guard, will provide the Bulls with a lot of backcourt depth. When one shooting guard is out with an injury, the Bulls will still have two other adequate NBA guards.
With another year under Derrick Rose's belt, the star point guard will continue to develop into a perennial NBA All-Star.
The Bulls will miss Boozer for the first month to start the season; however, if he can stay healthy this season, the Bulls can be a sleeper team that could very well upset a powerhouse in the East such as Miami, Boston or Orlando.
Overall, the Bulls are a piece away from being favorites in the Eastern Conference. But with improvements from last season's remaining core, along with the additions of Boozer, Brewer and Korver, the Bulls could very well find themselves in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Projected Record in 2010-11: 50-32