2009-10 Record: 41-41
Third place, Central Divisions
Lost in first round to Cleveland
G: Kirk Hinrich
G: Derrick Rose
F: Luol Deng
F: Taj Gibson
F: James Johnson
C: Joakim Noah
G: Jannero Pargo (unrestricted)
G: Flip Murray (unrestricted)
G: Acie Law (unrestricted)
G: Devin Brown (unrestricted)
F: Joe Alexander (unrestricted)
F: Hakim Warrick (unrestricted)
C: Brad Miller (unrestricted)
Areas of strength:
Core of young talent, specifically at the vital PG and C spots.
Offense was remedial under axed coach Vinny Del Negro. Desperate for outside shooting.
Two stats that matter:
4.29 -- Average number of 3-point FGs by Bulls, fewest in NBA (their 13.0 attempts from the arc also ranked last).
44.54 -- League-leading rebound average. Yet Chicago had 38 games in which it got outrebounded, going 8-30 on those nights.
The Way to Go:
LeBron James is the Bulls' No. 1 target, with Chicago offering the best in-place supporting cast to plug James' superstardom. Plan B might bring a Joe Johnson, good for shooting, not good for leadership. Anything after that would be Plan F.