With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, a Chicago Bulls team that’s finally got their star back on the court.
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With a full roster and their star player back from injury, the Chicago Bulls are looking to rightfully claim what’s theirs. Don’t call it a comeback!
We can say – since the MJ Era – this may be the most exciting time to be a Chicago Bulls fan, with the core back and two rookies that have potential to produce at any given time, it is a good time as any to watch the Chicago Bulls this upcoming season. Here are 5 reasons to watch the Chicago Bulls this upcoming season.
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The 6-7 forward with a 6-11 wingspan is a long player with a defensive mindset that will fit perfectly with the Chicago Bulls. Tony Snell’s main focus is defending and with his long wingspan he is going to be an exciting player to watch defend this season. Averaging 11.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals in 34.4 MPG during five summer league games, Snell’s potential is there, it’s just a matter of what he does with it once the season starts to roll. Although he can defend, judging by his numbers he can put the ball in the basketball and is another facet in terms of scoring for the Bulls. Snell fits the Chicago Bulls because they need shooting. He is an excellent player without the basketball and a very good catch-and-shoot player. This will be vital with Rose also on the court because it will help space the floor.
Erik Murphy is the stretch four that the Bulls been waiting and hoping would land in Chicago. The former Gator will be exciting to watch this season. When you think of Erik the word “versatility” has to come to mind. Murphy is a guy that can run the floor and with anybody coming off the screen his pick-and-pop game will flourish. Also he can create space as a four and play behind the line. His IQ and his feel for the game will also will be a tremendous help for the Chicago Bulls this season.
The Emergence of Jimmy Butler
A diamond in the rough is one way you can describe him, but Jimmy Butler definitely came into his own last season. With the 2013-2014 season around the corner, Jimmy Buckets is all about business. The famous line “The rise of a star” is something we have all heard, but this season Jimmy can show his talents and keep the fans wanting more. This season has breakthrough all over it and the strides he made last season – especially in the playoffs – will be on full display. Looked for him to continue to be a defensive stopper this season. Butler has no problem guarding the best player on the floor; You can just ask Kobe. Last season in his 20 games as starter, Butler averaged 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game. We’re all curious to see how well he will do in a full-time role in the backcourt with Derrick Rose. Also, with the nickname “Buckets,” you best believe he will be dropping them this season.
Joakim Noah Doing Joakim Noah Things
Being chosen to his first All-Star Game and the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team, we can all say in unison ” It’s time!” It’s evident that Joakim Noah now has the ability to solidify himself as one of the premier post players in the league. The way he played last year and his workouts with Dream this past summer provide endless possibilities for what he can bring to the table this season. Upping the ante this season, Noah could put up career highs in statistical categories like points, rebounds, blocks, steals and minutes played. You can bet Noah will definitely be exciting to watch this season.
The Unflappable Taskmaster, Tom Thibodeau
The persona of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is already something to look forward to this season. Thibs is known to be the fierce coach with an intense attitude focusing on defense as the basis for Chicago’s identity. In every game you’ll find Thibodeau pacing back and forth or jumping up and down while he’s mean mugging the refs and his own players if they don’t adhere to his strict defensive philosophy. That just exemplifies his passion for the game, but most of all, his team spirit. There’s not that many NBA coaches that visibly show you their intensity, but when you have a coach like Thibodeau, you can be sure he is going the sidelines almost as much fun to watch as the court.
DERRICK MOTHERF**KIN ROSE
Queue up Kanye West’s “Homecoming,” ’cause it’s safe to say Derrick Rose is back to put his beloved Chicago on his shoulders as he attempts to lead the Bulls back to the promised land for the first time since MJ was in town. After sitting out the entire 2012-2013 season with an ACL injury , the former MVP is finally back on the hardwood. He’s looking to end all the doubt that percolated to the surface during his absence. Let’s be honest, Derrick Rose is one of the most exciting players to watch in the league and with his return, its only right you tune in and watch.
There are so many things that you probably missed with Rose gone. From his unmatched athletic ability, the ferocious dunks he threw down on defenders who couldn’t match his power, to his blink-and-you-missed-it speed, there is just so much to love about D-Rose.
With Rose back in rotation it will bring excitement not only back to Chicago but to the NBA in general. Everybody wants to see a comeback, and Derrick Rose embodies all the hopes and dreams of Chi-Town that’s been waiting patiently for more than a year now. Derrick’s re-introduction to the league will cure the last year and a half of Chicago tummy aches. Whether you’re a Bulls fan or not, his first time on the court during the regular season is a must watch.
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