ESPN has released its NBA Power Rankings ahead of the 2022-23 NBA Season. After last season, the Chicago Bulls were ranked 13th. Now, heading into the upcoming campaign, ESPN has them at No. 14.
ESPN's Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Tim Bontemps, Jamal Collier, Kevin Pelton, and Kendra Andrews are behind the rankings. Though the Bulls check in at No. 14, they are ranked seventh among Eastern Conference teams.
It seems the Bulls received their ranking due to minor offseason transactions. In free agency, Chicago brought in veterans Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond. In the 2022 NBA Draft, they selected Dalen Terry. As Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley have preached, the Bulls are sticking with "continuity" and running back last season's roster.
The most significant question mark for the panel was Lonzo Ball. There have been conflicting reports on his progress as he continues to rehab a knee injury. When Ball played last season, the Bulls found themselves in the top 10 in offensive and defensive efficiency. In his absence? Well, it became somewhat of a trainwreck.
Regardless, the Chicago Bulls weren't expected to do much last season anyways. They proved national media wrong for much of the season and held the top spot in the Eastern Conference for a while. That changed when a plethora of injuries plagued the roster. If they can stay healthy, maybe they can recapture some of the magic that filed the first half of last year and carry it throughout the 2022-23 campaign.