You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > BBR Blog > NBA and College Basketball Analysis

SITE NEWS: We are moving all of our site and company news into a single blog for Sports-Reference.com. We'll tag all Basketball-Reference content, so you can quickly and easily find the content you want.

Also, our existing Basketball-Reference blog rss feed will be redirected to the new site's feed.

Basketball-Reference.com // Sports Reference

For more from Neil, check out his new work at BasketballProspectus.com.

2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: Chicago Bulls

Posted by Neil Paine on October 22, 2010

Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!

Chicago Bulls

Coach: Tom Thibodeau

2010 Summary:
Record: 41-41, Finished 3rd in NBA Central Division
Pythagorean W-L: 36-46 (18th of 30)
SRS: -1.63 (18th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 93.1 (11th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 103.5 (27th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 105.3 (11th of 30)

2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)

Pos Player Age PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV FG% 3PM 3P% FT%
PG Derrick Rose 22 19.2 3.9 6.0 0.8 0.3 2.5 0.496 0.2 0.271 0.780
PG C.J. Watson 26 13.8 3.7 3.7 1.9 0.2 1.5 0.467 0.9 0.342 0.807
SG Ronnie Brewer 25 13.2 4.1 2.9 1.9 0.4 1.3 0.508 0.3 0.273 0.694
SG Kyle Korver 29 14.1 4.6 2.9 0.9 0.5 1.7 0.461 2.0 0.436 0.845
SG Keith Bogans 30 9.4 4.6 2.1 1.1 0.2 1.2 0.398 1.8 0.351 0.786
SF Luol Deng 25 16.6 6.9 2.1 1.0 0.7 1.8 0.470 0.4 0.390 0.774
SF James Johnson 23 12.9 6.2 2.5 1.0 1.8 2.7 0.464 0.8 0.342 0.742
PF Carlos Boozer 29 20.0 11.4 3.1 1.2 0.5 2.7 0.544 0.0 0.344 0.736
PF Taj Gibson 25 12.4 9.8 1.3 0.8 1.6 1.9 0.498 0.1 0.358 0.661
C Joakim Noah 25 12.2 12.2 2.3 0.8 1.9 2.0 0.517 0.1 0.350 0.728
C Kurt Thomas 38 8.5 9.8 1.7 0.9 1.4 1.5 0.475 0.1 0.317 0.763
C Omer Asik 24

2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Matt of www.blogabull.com

The Bulls should have a team with extremes on either end of the floor: A potentially fantastic defense, yet struggling offense.

Anchored by Joakim Noah (one of the best help defenders in the game and an improving shotblocker) and supplemented by an underrated perimeter defender in Deng, Thibodeau's defense-first mindset should fit in well with this roster. They’ve upgraded the size of their off guard position with the additions of Ronnie Brewer and Keith Bogans, and the frontcourt bench is deep with defense-first players in Taj Gibson, Kurt Thomas and Turkish shotblocker Omer Asik.

But especially with Carlos Boozer already missing significant time, the offense could struggle. A team often too reliant on long two-point jumpers, Boozer at least had addressed the long drought of inside scoring. There will likely be a continuing issue with 3-point shooting, with the Bulls near the bottom of the league in attempts and makes, and only Kyle Korver (as well as hoped improvement from Deng) to try and keep opponents from packing in the lane.

The good news is that the offense can be tasked with simply keeping the game close, and giving Derrick Rose a chance to take over. While not at MVP level yet, he’s shown the ability to take over late games, which should give the Bulls some wins they may not have otherwise had a chance in.

Poll Time

ShareThis

One Response to “2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: Chicago Bulls”

  1. Melissa Says:

    I love how you layed out the polls for your users to project what they think the outcome for certain aspects of the games will be. I am going to have to use that! Thank you!