SI.com has posted its annual NBA preview articles on its website, and it has also put up its "Enemy Lines" feature -- where an opposing scout talks to Ian Thomsen and offers some analysis of the team in question.
The Bulls analysis is here.
On Kirk Hinrich:
He's the identity of their team. As a defender, he's tenacious. Some players don't respect him so much because they think he gets a lot of accolades as a white guy trying to guard, but he's an annoying defender. He beats you to spots a lot, he pressures the ball, he's longer than you think and he's more athletic than he's given credit for.
On Ben Gordon:
They may feel the need to trade Gordon for a frontcourt scorer, but I don't think Hinrich is as good without him. Defensively their pairing works because they can put Gordon on the ball and Hinrich can guard the bigger shooter. Gordon is not a terrible defender, but he doesn't want to get in foul trouble .
On Luol Deng:
For Deng to become a dominating scorer, the ball will have to get out of Gordon's and Hinrich's hands, and they'll have to space the floor as spot-up shooters; I doubt whether Gordon's mind-set is to be content as a swing guy or spot-up guy.
Despite the fact that none of the stuff is truly groundbreaking, I love reading scouts' analysis of opposing teams -- I'm making my way through all 30 teams...