Another important key to (team) success is having the ability to recognize opportunities for yourself and teammates, while having each other's back at all times.
Bucking conventional wisdom, the Bulls, with only three returning players from Opening Night last year, have done an outstanding job of coming together and playing unselfishly at both ends of the floor. Usually, with so much turnover, a feeling out process occurs that inevitably produces sloppy play and miscommunications. But so far that just hasn't happened with these Bulls. With only a week of practice under their belt, and despite having three key players sidelined with injuries (Patrick Williams, Coby White and Tony Bradley), Chicago's overall play has been a thing of beauty. Coming into tonight the Bulls lead the NBA in scoring (126.0), assists (34.0), rebounding (57.5), and blocks (9.0). They are second in turnovers committed (10.5), third in steals (13.5) and third in 3-point shooting (.389 3FG%), 6th in offensive rating (115.1) and second in defensive rating (82.6). Preseason or not, these are pretty impressive numbers.