The Chicago Bulls were the most impressive team during the 2010-11 regular season, with their NBA-best 62-20 record. The problem came when MVP Derrick Rose struggled in the postseason. He had to battle double teams and inconsistent play from teammates, not to mention the fact that he was shooting poorly.
The Bulls faltered in the Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the villains from South Beach. The Miami Heat made it glaringly obvious that the Bulls desperately need help at the shooting guard position.
Defensively, the Bulls are set with Keith Bogans and Ronnie Brewer, but they both lack scoring ability. Kyle Korver is just the opposite: instant offense, but no defense. What the Bulls really need is a 2-guard who can create his own shot, handle the ball, and play defense.
The Bulls cannot continue to rely solely on Derrick Rose for every single bucket. Teams like Miami and the Boston Celtics are too strong defensively.
A 2-guard who can shoot and dribble will take pressure off Rose and create more spacing on the court for the whole team to work.
The Bulls showed they plan on getting this guard through free agency or via trade when they drafted Jimmy Butler, a forward from Marquette, with the 30th pick.
They also passed on Marshon Brooks, a 2-guard from Providence who most people thought would be a perfect fit for the Bulls. Instead they traded up for foreign prospect Nikola Mirotic.
There are several guards available that the Bulls can sign that would make them instant contenders for the Larry O'Brien trophy.
*Of course, this is all contingent on the lockout ending and there being a 2011-2012 NBA season.