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Hollinger Projection: Bulls 32-50, 12th in East


According to Hollinger, the Bulls only have a 17% chance of making the playoffs. I guess he hasn't been watching them play...

John Hollinger optimistic about Bulls, yet has them missing the playoffs


John Hollinger projects the Bulls to miss the playoffs.

10/20 Hollinger chat

Thabo Sefalosha (chicago) : ive got some skills and if i get the minutes i can break out this year dont you think John? John Hollinger: Sefolosha would have made my list if I could have been more certain about his minutes -- I don't think he'll be any great shakes offensively but he has defensive stopper potential and could have a Doug Christie-type career (on the court, anyway). ==================== John Paxson (Chicago): So I guess the Bulls must be boring? Do you think Tyrus Thomas is ready to move to the next level? John Hollinger: Lots of Thomas questions in here, haven't seen the Bulls in preseason yet but apparently he's looked strong. still not sure how the minutes are going to shake out on that team, but he could put up some solid numbers if he plays 30+ -- nobody questions his talent, just how he's applied it.

Hollinger Player Ratings

[From the FanShots. An annual tradition, have at it. -ed.] ..and the Bulls start at #45: Luol Deng. Someone tell him to please..never..ever compare Deng to Ricky Davis.

Hollinger's Team Forecast: Chicago Bulls

[From the FanShots. Always an interesting read. -ed.] Outlook Chicago still has as much young talent as any team this side of Portland, and its potential for cap space in 2009 and again in 2010 (when Hughes comes off the books) makes its future a lot brighter than its present. But we're dealing with 2008-09 here, and it could be another rocky year in the Windy City. While winning the lottery helps, NBA point guards typically need at least a year before their play really zooms upward, so Rose may have his struggles -- especially since he played only one year of college ball and needed half of that season to get his bearings. It's a similar situation up front, where Thomas and Noah are undoubtedly talented but still learning how to be pros, and giving up both pounds and experience to their opponents every night. It doesn't help that two of Chicago's best players play the same position, meaning they have to either go small to get Deng and Nocioni on the court at the same time or, more logically, trade Nocioni for a true frontcourt player. Either way, it seems more likely that they miss the playoffs than make it. There are a great many wild cards here -- how well Rose plays, how well the young bigs adjust to their increased roles and how Del Negro handles his first coaching assignment -- but ultimately too many of those have to turn in Chicago's favor to consider it likely that the Bulls will return to the postseason. Prediction: 39-43, 4th in Central Division, T-9th in Eastern Conference

Hollinger on the Euros

His Euroleague stat translator (insider) has been very accurate over the past few years. It makes sense that it'd be a more reliable stat sample than the NCAA. The reason this works is that...


Hollinger on Rose: "meh"

Second part of Hollinger's new draft projections. (via Knickerblogger) Solid first-rounders D.J. Augustin, Texas (14.88); Derrick Rose, Memphis (14.69); Mario Chalmers, Kansas (14.03); Jerryd...

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