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2012-13 NBA Preview: 9. Chicago Bulls
- Updated: October 14, 2012
9. CHICAGO BULLS
9. Chicago Bulls
HOW THEY CAN WIN: Get Derrick Rose back. The point guard means everything to this team, and despite the Adidas commercials, he could be out for most of the season. Kirk Hinrich will man the point in his absence, but the veteran does have enough weapons around him to keep Chicago in the hunt for a playoff spot. Whether or not the Bulls make it will depend on how Carlos Boozer (13.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg), Joakim Noah (15 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Luol Deng (14 ppg, 8.3 rpg) fare without Rose’s impact on the offense.
WHY THEY WON’T: Not many teams could lose a league MVP candidate and remain competitive. The Bulls also parted ways with sharpshooter Kyle Korver and backup point guard C.J. Watson.
FINAL DESTINATION: People forget that the Bulls spent long stretches of last season without Rose, but they were still able to hold their heads above water. There’s enough talent here for a playoff push, but there’s no way the Bulls are sniffing the Eastern Conference Finals without their leader.
OUR CALL: 40-42.
|15||Andre Emmett||G||30||6-5||230||Texas Tech|
|Coach: Tom Thibodeau|