The Bulls recent moves have given them an advantage in the wide open east. They must embrace the fact that this team is ready to make some noise and realize their potential as playoff contenders.
It’s time to give credit where credit is due. The Bulls front office has down a major job in overhauling and upgrading the talent on this once talent depleted roster. With NBA Odds for the team to make the playoffs in their favor, they can now officially say that the rebuild is over.
Consider the many boxes that the Bulls have checked off on their efforts to right the ship once they traded Jimmy Butler away. They landed a two way point guard in Kris Dunn that is just starting to figure the league out. The team secured the rights to two potential All-Star caliber players in Zach Lavine and Jabari Parker. Lauri Markkanen might become the best player in last year’s draft class. And Wendell Carter has the NBA ready tools to one day be the Defensive Player of the Year.
Not a bad turnaround for an organization that a few years ago was considered second rate to potential free agents. Take a bow GarPax because rebuilds rarely if ever go this smoothly.
But the accolades have to stop there and the focus must shift to winning.
Yes, having lofty goals like winning over 40 games and making the playoffs seemed out of the question. But a lot has changed since we last surveyed the current state of the eastern conference.
Lebron James has headed west. Toronto has taken a step back, and won’t know fully whether Kawhi Leonard will prove to be a major upgrade over Demar Derozan until training camp begins. Philadelphia was unable to make the big splashes they sought in free agency.
That leaves Boston as the only legitimate power in the east. And the future is uncertain as to what affect Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward’s return will have in Boston.
Should the Bulls remain healthy, they have the talent to rival any of the aforementioned teams. The limit is no longer the sky and the Bulls should be reaching to maximize their potential.