The Chicago Bulls were without Derrick Rose for the second straight year. And for the second straight year, they defied the odds and made it to the playoffs, collecting 45 and 48 victories respectively over the last two seasons.
Although Chicago’s playoff run was a short one, the team has been very active during the offseason. For starters, they pulled off a draft-night trade with the Denver Nuggets to land Doug McDermott – the sharp-shooter from Creighton – and they selected Cameron Bairstow at No. 49. But this was just the first of several moves to come.
After failing to land Carmelo Anthony, the Bulls acquired Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic – their draft pick from 2011 – and according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, they have added free agent guard Aaron Brooks to the mix. While these moves will certainly help the Bulls field an improved team on the court next season, will it be enough to turn them into title contenders?
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest questions facing this team heading into next season.