The Chicago Bulls were truly an incredible story last year. No one really expected them to win the top seed in the East, but not only did they secure it, they watched young Derrick Rose blossom into an MVP winner.
However, come playoff time, the Bulls showed some weaknesses.
Rose did all he could to help Chicago but had no clear No. 2 option. Boozer hasn't panned out well so far and Luol Deng is slightly overrated.
The Bulls should make it a clear priority to acquire a shooting guard with scoring ability. This would kill two birds with one stone by covering a scoring option and getting someone better than Keith Bogans.
The Bulls have a lot of options already on the team at shooting guard, but none have worked so far.
Ronnie Brewer hasn't really received big minutes for the Bulls, but he can't spread the floor well and isn't a legit candidate to average 15-plus points a night.
Kyle Korver is much better suited coming off the bench for spot-up jumpers. He's a nice asset to any team, but doesn't fill the starting needs.
As for Keith Bogans, well, he's just terrible.
Chicago is an elite team defensively, often creating scoring opportunities from turnovers with lockdown defense.
Signing or trading for a good veteran big man could also help Chicago repeat as a No. 1 seed.
Kurt Thomas was crucial last year in providing a starting big man for Chicago when Boozer and Noah had their respective injuries.
Plenty of valuable options are out there, and odds are they won't be costly.
Chicago also has a gem on the bench in Taj Gibson. He fit right into the defensive-minded team, but for some reason watched his minutes drop. Gibson brings a lot of energy and potential to the Bulls, and should find himself on the floor much more in 2012.
It's a sure thing Rose will once again be big for the Bulls, but who will step up to help him?