Chicago Bulls Season Preview

Wait?! Is that Dwyane Wade on the Bulls?

This offseason saw a lot of key players leave for different teams. But now was more surprising then Wade.

As a long time member of the Miami Heat, Wade was thought to end his career with Miami and ride off into the sunset with his three championships. However, after money disagreements and lack of respect shown from the Heat front office in the free agency process, he felt it best to go home to the windy city.

Following him was point guard Rajon Rondo, the Bulls had shipped Derrick Rose to New York so Rondo’s move to the Bulls fits a need.

Jimmy Butler is a top-tier wing in the NBA because of his two-way ability.  Last season, Butler  showed how he can impact the game on both ends. Often guarding the opposing teams best perimeter player, and having to carry  a big scoring load, scoring a career high 50 points in a game. For all of the problems that trio of Rondo-Wade-Butler might cause for opposing offenses from a defensive standpoint, they may run into spacing issues on the offensive end.

Last season, Chicago was ranked dead last in three point percentage. Do not expect for that to go up this season. Unless two of those three can shoot at least 35% from beyond the arc. The good news it that the basketball IQ of Wade and Rondo can make up for some of that, but someone from that trio needs to be a reliable outside threat.

Other than Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic, Chicago does not have a go to three point score (in  league where three point shooters are at a premium). Butler is the better shooter out of the three (Wade and Rondo), but he still shot under forty percent from beyond the arc last season.

Head coach Fred Hoiberg has a major task on his hands. You have three ball-dominant players (although Wade can play off-ball ), a team in need of outside shooting and to boot, their rookie Denzel Valentine is hurt with ankle injury. Their front court took a big hit defensively with the loss of Joakim Noah.

Good Luck Chicago.


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Jalen Hunter is an NBA writer for My Mind on Sports.

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