NBA 2010 Preseason: Chicago Bulls Could Win Central Without Carlos Boozer

October 13th, 2010 by Brian Chappatta Leave a reply »
I keep telling myself not to get excited. It's just the preseason. It's just the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors. Those are teams the Chicago Bulls are supposed to beat. 

Yet I can't help but marvel at the depth and versatility of this Bulls team and ask myself: Just how good is this team without Carlos Boozer? How far could Chicago go if their second option never played this season?

Good enough to beat out the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers for the Central Division crown? Definitely.

Good enough to beat the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic or Boston Celtics for the Eastern Conference title? No chance.

Don't get me wrong—I want Boozer back as much as anyone. Replacing 20 points and 10 rebounds per game is a tall order for any squad.

This is not a knock on Boozer, but rather a testament to the quality of the group Gar Forman and John Paxson built this offseason. Only the truly elite teams could lose one of their stars and still play at a near-equal level. The Bulls are doing just that.

Against the Raptors, Derrick Rose had a solid showing with 23 points, five rebounds and seven assi ...

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