Chicago Bulls have lottery talent and playoff hopes in 2019-20

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The Chicago Bulls tip-off their 2019-20 in a few short weeks. Here’s a look at the squad as the Bulls look to chase down a playoff berth this season.

Coming off a season in which they regressed by five wins, the Chicago Bulls are set to embark on somewhat of a redemption season. The 2018-19 edition of the Bulls was a disappointing one, to say the least, in terms of both wins and losses and overall development.

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How bad was their 22-60 season? The Bulls were one of the league’s worst teams in offensive production, finishing in the bottom 10 of the NBA in 12 traditional and advanced offensive categories in 2018-19, including made 3-pointers (30th), points (27th), offensive rating (29th) and effective field goal percentage (28th).

They weren’t that any better defensively either, also ranking in the lower ten in 12 defensive categories. So let’s do a quick recap, the 2018-19 Chicago Bulls struggled to score points and had difficulties stopping their opponents from scoring. Reviewing their statistics from last season, it’s a wonder the team won as many games as they did.

As the saying goes, that’s all in the past and Chicago would be keen to leave it there as the 2019-20 season approaches.

There is an air of optimism surrounding this roster, with veteran newcomers Tomas Satoransky, Thaddeus Young joining rookies Coby White and Daniel Gafford to inject some new energy into an already talented young nucleus centered around Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Wendell Carter Jr.

After finishing the past two seasons with a combined 49 wins, the goal for the team this season is to compete for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Last season’s eighth seed, the Detroit Pistons, finished with a 41-41 record. So, assuming that’s the standard for this season, Chicago needs to improve by at least 19 wins. A tall task, but is this team up for the challenge?

With Jim Boylen entering his first full season as head coach, a team loaded with former lottery picks and a fan base hungry for a contender, let’s take a deeper dive into the 2019-20 Chicago Bulls.