The Chicago Bulls have 1 playoff appearance within the past 3 seasons. The Eastern Conference is wide open and the Bulls should want to take advantage of what lies ahead.
The Chicago Bulls have one thing working in their favor going into the 2018-19 NBA season and that’s being in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors are the only three teams considered to be favorites in the East.
And then there are the other 12 teams!
The Chicago Bulls will start the 2018-2019 season with a more talented roster than what they had last year. Sure, the team is coming off of a 27 win season, but their intention wasn’t to win. Ultimately, they were officially starting their rebuild.
But now the window of opportunity has opened.
For the past 8 seasons, a LeBron James led team has won the Eastern Conference Finals but now the King has moved on and sailed out West.
What does this mean? It means every team in the East has a shot at becoming a contender, despite the Celtics, 76ers and Raptors being the favorites for the upcoming season.
Yes, even your Chicago Bulls!
If the Bulls can stay healthy they can compete with just about every team in the East. The sky’s the limit. I’m not saying the Bulls are championship contenders yet but the playoffs should be on the front office’s minds.
Why rebuild when the guy who has been your Kryptonite is no longer in your conference?
In John Paxson’s season-ending interview after the Bulls finished with their worst record in 14 seasons, Paxson said:
“It’s not a situation that any of us want to ever be in again. It goes against everything as a competitive person that you believe in. But it’s the way the system is set up. To be very honest, we believe we’ve done it the right way.’’
So take that with a grain of salt.
The Bulls should not want to give up any more seasons just to get better draft picks when the East is wide open. They need to take advantage of the opportunity to win while they can.