The 2013-14 NBA Preseason is coming to an end. The point in a immature season when fans are teased by purportedly meaningless stat lines and scores is almost over. Most believe that the preseason is a waste of time and only injury comes from it. But there is one stat line from the preseason that should not go ignored and something fans can be excited about: The Chicago Bulls are undefeated through all six of their preseason games.
Critics and fans don’t always give “the preseason” the credit it deserves. The preseason is a time where players can learn schemes, get in game-shape, get noticed and most importantly build team chemistry. Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls are taking full advantage of the preseason and making a statement to the Eastern Conference.
Derrick Rose has been nothing but his old self. With speed, swiftness and a confident swag, Rose has shown that he is indeed back. Rose is averaging 20.8 points per game on an impressive 54 percent field goal percentage, while dishing out 4.2 assists. Rose, of all players, needed this preseason work to readjust to his original game minutes after taking last season off.
Thibodeau has done a good job this preseason managing his roster. With the lack of big men on the team and Joakim Noah‘s injured groin, Thibs has done a good job challenging Taj Gibson to rise to the occasion. Gibson has been a huge factor for the Bulls. The ex-Trojan has been versatile playing both the power forward and center position at a high level. He is third on the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game and second in rebounding with 7.8 per game.
Yes, it is the preseason, but history has shown that teams who go undefeated during the NBA preseason have a high chance of making the playoffs. Also, morale is something to keep in mind. Going undefeated can be huge for any athlete’s ego and confidence.
So yes Bulls nation, you have every right to get a little excited to see the Bulls do well through the preseason.
Look for the Bulls to start the NBA season strong. They face the defending NBA champs, the Miami Heat, opening night on Oct. 29.