Updated: Nov 3, 2021
Hello Smash Fans and welcome back to this week’s installment. In today’s article, I want to talk about the Chicago Bulls and their 4-0 hot start to the season. This is their first 4 and 0 record in this millennium. So let us talk about why the Bulls are playing so well.
First off, they have a much-improved scoring punch. A once very stagnant Zach LaVine reliant offense has turned into a much more fluid attack with multiple scoring threats. The addition of DeMar DeRozan has given this team a great secondary shot creator and has given Zach LaVine the help he needs with the Bull’s scoring attack. This fact has led to a much better, much more consistent Bulls’ offense in the half-court. Another major contributor to the Bulls’ heightened offensive play is Lonzo Ball. His playmakin, along with his newfound ability to space the floor, has given the Bulls the playmaking they have missed the past few years and a lethal transition game. However, Lonzo’s biggest contribution on the floor has been on the defensive end.
In the first four games, the Bulls have the 4th best defensive rating in the NBA. If the Bulls stay top 4, it would be the first time the Bulls have achieved this feat in nearly a decade, and that is in large part due to Lonzo Ball as well as the addition of Alex Caruso and the continued development of Patrick Williams. Yet, the biggest improvement of all with this team is the chemistry.
The competition the Bulls have played thus far has not been the best, but this is the first time since the Derrick Rose era that this Bulls team has felt like a cohesive unit. This Bulls team feels like a good team. It feels as if this team has the building blocks of a championship-caliber squad. They are not there yet, they would need Lonzo, Patrick Williams, or Zach LaVine to take another step to become a true title contender, but they are a great watch and are a playoff lock barring injury. The Bulls are the team to watch, and I cannot wait to tune in.
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