2006 Chicago Bulls Preview
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2006 Chicago Bulls Basketball Season Preview
Chicago is better and stronger than they were last season. In 2005-06, the 41- 41 Bulls lost to the Heat in round one of the playoffs 4 games to 2. Can they do better this year?
Point guard Kirk Hinrich (15.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 81.5 FT%) enters his fourth season with a new, dynamic frontcourt that includes Ben Wallace (7.3 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 51.0 FG%, 41.6 FT%) and P.J. Brown (9.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46.1 FG%, 82.7 FT%). This should take some pressure off of him and his counterpart, shooting guard Ben Gordon (16.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 42.2 FG%, 78.7 FT%). Still, both Gordon and Hinrich must become better defenders.
Picking up P.J. Brown at power forward and Ben Wallace at center vastly improved this team. This tandem will control the boards, instill solid defense and provide valuable leadership. Small forward Luol Deng (14.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46.3 FG%, 75.0 FT%), a talented playmaker, enters his third season ready to break out.
Center Ben Wallace has a hefty contract, and he’s the type of player who will play all the harder for it. Wallace—a ten-year vet—has seen his rebounding totals drop recently. But he’s a tough and resilient iron man. With this team Wallace should excel again.
Point guard Chris Dohon (8.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 81.8 FT%) and power forward Andres Nocioni (13.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.1 FG%, 84.3 FT%) are both highly effective off the bench.
Veteran coach Scott Skiles is a no-nonsense guy who holds his players’ feet to the fire. He uses his bench at well. Skiles pushes his players to be aggressive on defense, develops creative looks on offense and mixes it up with perimeter play and penetration. He’s one of the most effective coaches in the NBA.
The playoffs and a better than .500-season mark should be a no-brainer for this team. Expect them to go deeper than the first round, unless they have to play Miami again in their initial series.