I'm not saying we will be a title contender next year, but we will make the playoffs and be a tough matchup for someone. Most of the teams that got better in the East were already ahead of us
Think about it for a second.. Boston adds Sheed, Orlando gets Vince, the LeBrons pick up Shaq, but what did 4- 6 really do? Atlanta looks like they will come out better, since they kept Bibby and picked up Crawford. But Philly and Miami did absolutely nothing to get better, unless u figure that Brand will actually stay healthy the whole year. Now for the guys below us, Detroit might have snatched up BG, but they have no guys inside. U not doing anything with Kwame Brown as ur best low post option, almost forgot about Charlie V, even though he isn't really an inside player. And their D will be atrocious. Toronto defintely looks to have gotten better, signing Hedo was big for them. Washington getting Arenas back is huge, if he can stay healthy, but they have a team full of guards and none of em r really all that good except Caron, and they all are injury prone. Do Charlotte, Indiana, NJ, or Milwaukee really scare u? They don't scare me.
I'll take a year of aging from D.Rose, Ty, and Noah, a full year of Salmons and Miller, a healthy Deng, and 2 more than servicables rookies against any of those teams. I'm going to predict that we may have lost a 20 pt scorer, but will still have not only one but 2 next season. Salmons will average 20 and D.Rose will average 20. I don't know what his numbers were last year but if D.Rose can hit around 37% of his 3's, he scores 20 easily. We are gonna be more than just respectable. This team will prove a lot of people wrong in their thinking. And end up a very attractive destination for young vets looking for a run at some rings. Fellow Bulls fans keep ur head up.
My predicted Top 8 for the East: