The Chicago Bulls are a team on the rise. The new front office of Artūras Karnišovas and Marc Eversley has completely revamped the roster. Only two players remain for the John Paxson and Gar Forman era. Those two players are Zach LaVine and Coby White.
The duo known as “AKME” added two NBA All-Stars to the squad in Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan. Not to mention, they also addressed their mightiest need in point guard Lonzo Ball. The bench has been gutted and replaced, and the starting five has dynamic playmakers and scorers.
Where Do The Bulls Rank?
But even after all the moves the Bulls have made, many national media members don’t seem to buy the hype most Bulls fans have for the upcoming season. Most outlets have the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Eastern Conference play-in. If you aren’t familiar, the play-in is seeded 7-10. Those seeds fight for the 7-8th seed in the NBA Playoffs for their respective conferences. Let’s see where the Bulls stack up according to various outlets.
ESPN has the Bulls ranked 19th overall and 10th in the Eastern Conference. Teams such as the Knicks, Sixers, Heat, Hawks, Pacers, Celtics, and Hornets all rank above them. Of course, Milwaukee and Brooklyn are the top two dogs as they should be. Maybe it’s ignorance? Or maybe it’s a lack of faith? Not that ESPN has to have faith in the Bulls, but this roster as currently constructed isn’t 19th in the league. It’s up to the Bulls to prove the doubters wrong regarding this ranking. Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, NBA.com, and The Score all have the Bulls ranked 8th to 9th in the East.
The biggest knock on the Bulls is that they won’t be able to defend opposing teams. Well, don’t tell anyone that after the NBA trade deadline, as Chicago ranked eighth in defensive rating during that stretch of the season. With all of the long, dynamic guards/forwards they’ve added, that rating should be in the same ballpark it was in the second half of last season.
Look, the Chicago Bulls are composed of a bunch of men with “chips” on their shoulders. These national media rankings will only add to their motivation as the 2021-22 NBA season approaches.
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