What do you think should be the goals and objectives for next season? Playoffs or bust? What are some goals some of the players should have? 20 points and 10 rebounds for Lauri? 27, 7, 7 for Zach?
After Boylen got beat up all season for saying the Bulls were a playoff team—though I'm not sure what he should have said, "Nah, we're 20 below .500 at best; get real."—I assume no one suggests that this season. You can get a clue from what all the new guys have talked about, like development and improvement. They've all mentioned the talent last season being better than the record, but no one has grabbed a 10-foot pole yet to get closer to talking about the big P. Playoffs! Which the way things have been going in the NBA and the country could be about this time next year again. Well, maybe not October, but maybe ending in August like they were hoping this past March.
I'm going to hold back on too many predictions since I think I projected the Bulls fifth last season. All I can say is I did have Miami top four to balance out my errors. So for the Bulls how many games is better? Consider that if the Bulls next season have a 50 percent improvement they're still not a .500 team. But I do believe they so underachieved with the combination of injuries, they should be in that end of playoff conversation no matter what Charles Barkley says. And since the Bulls weren't on TNT last season, you know Barkley never watched one of their games. If you watch their show, you know he barely watches the games they are showing.
So East playoffs 2020-21 season: Miami, Boston, Toronto, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Brooklyn. Stuff happens, but assuming the Nets heal, those six seem like locks. So then it's Indiana, Orlando, Washington (Wall returns), Detroit... OK, everyone but the Knicks for those last two spots. Could a Thibs team miss the playoffs? Only once in seven seasons before being fired in his eighth.