3 reasons Chicago Bulls won’t make the 2019 NBA Playoffs

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Last season’s edition of the Chicago Bulls ended without a playoff berth. Will this season’s version be any different?

Most fans would agree the future looks bright for the Chicago Bulls. These Bulls are young and talented and finally have the pieces to fit head coach Fred Hoiberg‘s offensive attack. This season should be an exciting one for fans cheering on this young squad at the United Center.

Optimism abounds in Chicago as the Bulls are about to embark on the 2018-19 season, but that excitement should be tempered with the reality facing this roster. While this team should be improved from last season’s 27-55 record, reaching the playoffs is quite the leap, even by Eastern Conference standards.

The Bulls did add more scoring in Jabari Parker and continued the youth movement via the draft with the selections of Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison. Trading guard Jerian Grant to the Orlando Magic was a key offseason move by the front office, though it does leave a question mark behind Kris Dunn at point guard. Can Cameron Payne lead the offense and be a defensive catalyst? Or will Denzel Valentine take charge during training camp and take over that role?

The Bulls should be better and more entertaining to watch this season, but the playoffs are most likely out of reach in 2018-19. Here are three reasons why this team isn’t ready for the postseason just yet.