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|Colours:||Red, black, white & grey|
|Hall of Famers:||Micheal Jordan, Scottie Pippen, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Robert Parish, Guy Rodgers, Dennis Rodman, Nate Thurmond & Chet Walker|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Phil Jackson & Jerry Sloan|
|Rivals:||Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks & Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Legends:||Micheal Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Derrick Rose, Jerry Sloan, Chet Walker, Norm Van Lier, Horace Grant, Reggie Theus, Artis Gilmore, Jimmy Butler, Toni Kukoc, Bob Boozer, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Ben Gordon, Bill Cartwright, John Paxson Charles Oakley & Kirk Hinrich|
|Retired Numbers:||4, 10 & 23|
|NBA Championships:||6: 1991,1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 & 1998|
The Chicago Bulls may seem like a successful team and a famous team now, but that certainly wasn’t the case when they first started in 1966 as the first few years left for mediocre results on the court.
The 70s left the Bulls feeling a what-if season, as they made the playoffs from 1970-77. The best string of results came in the west conference where they made the semi-finals in 1970-71, 71-72 and 72-73 seasons.
In 1973-74 and 74-75 they made the conference finals but couldn’t go one step further to the NBA finals. A season later, they only managed to make it to the western conference finals first round.
Despite the team boosting players such as Bob Love, Norm Van Lier, Jerry Sloan and Tom Boerwinkle they couldn’t capitalise on their playoff journey throughout the 70s. After the 70s not living up to expectations, the arrival of the 80s brought a much-needed change to the team dynamic and a sense of optimism for the team in Chicago and more specifically the Bulls.
They struck gold in the 1984 NBA draft where they picked up Hall of Famer, six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP and five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, Micheal Jordan with pick three.
Jordan, instantly hit the ground running claiming Rookie of the Year in 1985 and set a franchise record for scoring and rebounds, and sparked the team to the playoffs after a long layoff. A few years later, the Bulls signed another player who was instrumental in years to come as they acquired Scottie Pippen in 1987 in what was the start of a golden era for the Bulls.
The 90s provided the Bulls with their most successful era which saw the franchise win all six of their NBA championships which included two three-peats during 1991-98, with their first coming in seasons 1991-93 and their second occurring between the 1996-98 seasons.
Their first championship in 1991 occurred when they won 61 games in the season, and defeated Magic Johnson’s LA Lakers in the Finals in five games. A year later they smashed their home and away record by winning 67 games and defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Finals in six games.
The 1993 Finals saw the Bulls win their third consecutive championship, beating the Phoenix Suns 4-2, only losing four games the entire playoffs! Michael Jordan made the shock decision to retire following the 1993 victory, playing baseball until late in the 1994-95 season when he made his return to the Bulls. The Bulls still managed to make the playoffs in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons, being led by Pippen who emerged as a superstar himself.
The 1995-96 season saw the beginning of the Bulls second three-peat defeating the Supersonics in 1996 and the Utah Jazz in 1997, however the 1997-98 season was sparked by controversy.
Coach Phil Jackson’s relationship with general manager Jerry Krause was heating up, questions were being raised if it was Jordan’s last year at the Bulls and Pippen wanted to be acknowledged as he was chasing to extend his stay at the Bulls.
Despite the challenges that Pippen, Jordan and Jackson faced, they ended up claiming their sixth NBA championship and their second three-peat when they defeated the Utah Jazz in six games as Jordan was announced the Finals MVP.
Jordan retired in 1999 and with most of the players from their championship era gone, it left the Bulls on the bottom of the 1999-2000 Central Division table, as they only won 17 games. The next few years were not much better as they finished last in the Central Division for the 2000-01 and 01-02 seasons, as well as 2003-04.
The Bulls would make the playoffs for three consecutive years from 2005-07, however were unable to make it past the second round. There was plenty of anticipation heading into the 2007-08 season, however the team underperformed, finishing 11th in the East.
Chicago had the 9th best chances (1.7%) of winning the 1st pick in the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery, but were lucky enough to be able to select transcendent point guard Derrick Rose first overall in the 2008 draft. In his first season, Rose would win Rookie of the Year and led the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs facing the 2nd seed Boston Celtics in the first round.
Rose scored 36 points in game 1, tying the record for points scored by a rookie in his playoff debut, helping cause a 105-103 overtime upset in Boston. The Celtics went on to win the series 4-3, but Rose had established himself as a superstar in the NBA and that would be the first of seven consecutive seasons making the playoffs.
The 2010-11 season was a highlight with the team finishing 1st in the Eastern Conference with the best record in the league and Derrick Rose became the youngest player in NBA history to win MVP. The Bulls lost the Eastern Conference Finals 4-1 to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
On the opening night of the 2012 playoffs, the 1 seed Bulls defeated the 8 seed Philadelphia 76ers, however in the final minutes of the game Rose tore his ACL bringing a silence over the United Centre. The Bulls would go on to lose the series 4-2 and Rose would miss the entire 2012-13 season.
This allowed young defensive wing Jimmy Butler to expand his offensive game and take over leadership responsibilities in Rose’s absence, with the pair making one of the best guard combinations in the league upon Rose’s return. Rose would be plagued by injuries in the following years and was unable to get to the same level he once was, with the team eventually trading Rose in 2016.
The Bulls then traded Butler the following year in 2017 and haven’t made the playoffs since, embracing a full rebuild and targeting the draft, bringing in a starting line up young players Zach LaVine (acquired in trade for Butler), Lauri Markkanen (2017 NBA Draft), Otto Porter Jr (acquired in trade with Washington), Wendell Carter Jr (2018 NBA Draft) and Coby White (2019 NBA Draft).
The 2020-21 season brought in big changes for the Bulls, notably trading away some of their young corefor All Star Nikola Vucevic. The idea of pairing him with Zach LaVine was supposed to allow Chicago to have a shot at making the playoffs in the weak Eastern Conference but it wasn’t enough. At least for this season.
The Bulls were the loudest team this offseason, making blockbuster trades in hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since Jimmy Butler’s departure in 2016-17. With some big name additions and hype that hasn’t been seen since the Derrick Rose era, is this new-look Bulls enough to take them back to the playoffs, and beyond?
After bolstering their roster last year by adding Vucevic, the Bulls still only reached 31 wins (31-41), finishing 11th in the East. Prior to the Vucevic trade, the Bulls brought in the former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach, Billy Donavon. So it’s clear the Bulls front office have been planting seeds in hopes of not just making themselves contenders in the East but also to convince their all-star guard Zach Lavine to stay, who is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Donavon and Vucevic proved to not be enough for the Bulls so also-newly-appointed GM Marc Eversley made some major moves this offseason.
Eversley and the front office made an instant upgrade to their backcourt, bringing in Lonzo Ball through a sign and trade to a 4 year/ $85 million. Then bringing in 4 time all-star DeMar DeRozan to 3 years/ $81.9 million. These two star caliber players spruce up the team’s offense, with DeRozan bringing much-needed scoring help for Lavine and Ball providing excellent defense and flashy playmaking.
The front office continued to reinforce their depth, signing Alex Caruso, Derrick Jones Jr, and Stanley Johnson. These moves inevitably led to the Bulls having to part ways with some rotational guys including Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacano, Daniel Theis, and Tomas Satoransky. Regardless, there’s quite a consensus of approval across the NBA fandom towards the Bulls’ front office this offseason as they went from a play-in team to a legitimate contender in the East over the summer.
For the past 3 seasons, the Bulls offense has relied on Zach Lavine, and despite their poor record, Lavine has since proved himself as one of the best scorers in the league. Lavine averaged a career high in points, 3 point shooting, assists, rebounds, and field goal percentage with 27.4 pts, 4.9 ast, 5 reb a game on 41.1% 3P and 50.7% FG.
The Bull’s shooting guard has one of the smoothest strokes in the league, whether it’s step-backs, pull-ups, or catch-and-shoot 3’s, Lavine is much more than just a dunker (finishing 9th on 3 pointers made at 3.4/game). Nevertheless, Lavine has not lost a step in his bounce and is quite literally a walking highlight reel, but even in his career year last season, this was unable to lift his team to the playoffs – this is where his new teammates come in.
DeMar DeRozan’s offensive arsenal is lethal and his numbers show it. DeRozan has been averaging above 20 points since 2013, tallying up 21.6 pts, 6.9 ast, and 4.2 reb last season with the Spurs. This acquisition addresses the Bull’s sometimes inconsistent offense (finishing 21st in the league in offensive rating and points per game). DeMar’s top-tier mid-range game and good finishing brings some offensive versatility for Donavon to work with (who has handled the task of coaching Westbrook, Harden and Durant).
Though the one area that the Bull’s overlooked in their offseason was fortifying their inside defense. This is where their 6’7 power forward now-sophomore Patrick Williams comes into the mix. Williams rookie season numbers were nothing extraordinary, putting up 9.2 pts and 4.6 reb on solid efficiency (48.3% FG and 39.1% 3P) but where he excels is on defense. Williams can guard 1-4, holding 6’3 Donovan Mitchell to 4-14 and 6’8 Jerami Grant to 5-13. He is the glue that holds the Bull’s defense together, and this is particularly important for the Bull’s success when considering Lavine, Vucevic, and DeRozan are subpar defenders.
NBA Executives voted Patrick Williams as the 5th most likely to have a breakout season this year and we cannot disagree. He showed extreme capabilities on defense last year. His 6’11 wingspan and stocky 215lb build is extremely disruptive for any player. Where we, and NBA executives saw potential was in his offensive game. In games where Williams played more than 30 minutes (31 games), he shot 42.1% from 3 and 50.8% from the field.
An eye-test shows that his offensive game has a lot of untapped potential and that his stats don’t reflect his versatility. Williams has shown his ability to pull-up in the mid-range, pass to the open guy, dunk over a 7 footer, and a decent floater-game. We all know Lavine, DeRozan, and Vucevic will contribute but keep an eye out for Williams in his sophomore season.
After finishing with the seventh worst record in the league last season, Chicago opened with +10000 odds for the 2020-21 NBA Championship and had odds of +15000 in mid-November, just before the draft.
Ultimately, the Bulls were unable to make the playoffs and Chicago futures bettors should be reflecting why they spent the money in the first place.
Despite their 31-41 record, Chicago were a respectable 37-34-1 against the spread. They were just 15-20-21 ATS at home but seemed to outperform expectations on the road, being 22-14 ATS.
A terribly inconsistent offense paired with expectations given LaVine’s scoring power meant that the Bulls were just 32-40 in O/U betting during the 2020-21 season.
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Where do the Chicago Bulls play?
The Chicago Bulls play at the United Center.
Who owns the Chicago Bulls?
Jerry Michael Reinsdorf owns the Chicago Bulls.
Has the Chicago Bulls won an NBA Championship?
The Bulls have won six NBA championships.
Who is the Chicago Bulls coach?
Billy Donovan is the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Donovan was hired following the 2019-20 season.
Do the Chicago Bulls play tonight?
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What is the Chicago Bulls record?
The Chicago Bulls had a 31-41 win-loss record during the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Chicago Bulls win last night?
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How much is the Chicago Bulls worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Chicago Bulls are worth $3.2 billion.
Who do the Chicago Bulls play tonight?
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How to watch the Chicago Bulls?
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Will the Chicago Bulls make the playoffs this year?
The Chicago Bulls did not make the playoffs last season, as they finished with a 31-41 record, only good enough for 11th in the Eastern Conference.
When do the Chicago Bulls play?
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When is the next Chicago Bulls game?
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Where did the Chicago Bulls finish the season?
The Chicago Bulls finished 11th in the Eastern Conference.
How many games did the Chicago Bulls win?
The Chicago Bulls won 31 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the Chicago Bulls?
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