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2012-13 Season Stats
W-L 45-37
PCT .549
DIV 9-7
CONF 34-18
HOME 24-17
ROAD 21-20
The starting trio of Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer remains formidable. Injuries and overuse bring annual concerns. Chicago needs one more big.
No one upstairs is hemming or hawing about Derrick Rose's readiness. Jimmy Butler is intriguing at the two guard and Kirk Hinrich should stay fresh backing up both.
Lack of size and new faces will challenge Thibodeau's No. 1 priority again. But he was able to wring 'D' out of mismatched pieces a year ago, so there's hope.
Mike Dunleavy Jr. can help at a couple of spots. Marquis Teague is ready to step up. But losing thril-ride Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli's offense hurts.
His bosses rely on Thibodeau's ability to mold newcomers into the system. But the purge of lead assistant Ron Adams could chafe over the long year.

If this season winds up being only about Derrick Rose's comeback, it's going to feel an awful lot like 2011 in Chicago. The Bulls' storylines have to be crammed with other upbeat developments, such as Teague's maturation as a backup, Dunleavy's ability to create offense, Butler's knack of handling every new responsibility thrown at him and Taj Gibson's response to a down year and a new extension. Otherwise, Chicago will be marking time again and leaning way too much on Rose, Noah and Deng.

The Bulls put an emphasis on perimeter shooting (Dunleavy, first-rounder Tony Snell) over the summer, hoping that will open lanes to the basket for Rose. That and defense will have to substitute for one particular scoring sidekick, which Rip Hamilton never was.

-- Steve Aschburner

2012-13 Team Rating
Offense Defense
100.4 100.3
24th Overall 5th Overall