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Chicago Bulls Team Overview

2010-11 record: 62-20

First place, Central Division

Lost in conference finals to Miami

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 1

#28 : Norris Cole
#30 : Jimmy Butler

Round: 2

#43 : Malcolm Lee

Areas Of Strength:
Point guard Derrick Rose won an MVP award after a summer when he was motivated merely by a first-round exit. How hard do you think he's going to work this offseason after getting ganged up on and beat in the Eastern Conference finals? The Bulls also get serious mileage out of their defense, their depth and their chemistry.

Needs Work:
The Bulls' offense isn't worthy of a conference champion, much less capable of taking them a step beyond. Keith Bogans, used for his defense, still was a misnomer as a shooting guard. Center Joakim Noah regressed in his jump shot and confidence. Noah and power forward Carlos Boozer haven't even shown they can play well together at that end.

Two Stats That Matter:
72.0
-- Percentage of games in which Chicago's defense held an opponent below its scoring average. The Bulls were 51-7 when they did that.

12.6 -- Carlos Boozer's postseason scoring average. And that included a couple of breakout games that pumped up what the Bulls were getting from their power forward night in and night out.

The Way To Go:
Chicago's best bet would be to work the trade market hard as draft day approaches. With its two late first-round picks, it might be able to put together a package for a shooting guard (O.J. Mayo? Courtney Lee?) to take some of the pressure off Rose.

2010-11 Team Stats:
Offensive: 105.5 (12th)
Defensive: 97.4 (1st)

Under Contract:
G: Derrick Rose
G: Keith Bogans
G: Ronnie Brewer
G: C.J. Watson
G: Kyle Korver
F: Carlos Boozer
F: Luol Deng
F: Taj Gibson
C: Joakim Noah
C: Omer Asik

Free Agents:
G/F: Rasual Butler
G: John Lucas III
G: Jannero Pargo
F: Brian Scalabrine
C: Kurt Thomas

-- Steve Aschburner

Recent Draft History
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
17. Kevin Seraphin 16. James Johnson 1. Derrick Rose 9. Joakim Noah 2. LaMarcus Aldridge
26. Taj Gibson 39. Sonny Weems 49. Aaron Gray 16. Rodney Carney
51. JamesOn Curry

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