What Can We Expect from the Chicago Bulls in 2012-13?

September 25th, 2012 by Rob Mahoney Leave a reply »
The Chicago Bulls were once among the league's true contenders, but this season marks the second consecutive campaign in which their title chances have been set aside.

Injury has sadly removed Derrick Rose from the Bulls lineup for the bulk of the season once again, and without their superstar guiding the course of most every offensive possession, what can we realistically expect from Chicago this season?


The root of Chicago's winning ways

Rose is both productive and valuable, but make no mistake, Chicago is largely successful because of its defense. Tom Thibodeau changed the way the Bulls played defense upon his introduction to the franchise, and since that point, he's used Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson up to their full potential. It's those three players who align most with Chicago's successes and who will go on to keep the Bulls afloat in another year without Rose.

Last season, the Bulls finished second overall in defensive efficiency, and we can expect them to again fall in the league's top three in the year to come. Rose had developed into an unexpectedly solid defender before his trouble with in ...

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