5 Chicago Bulls Likely To Win Regular Season Awards

5 Chicago Bulls Likely To Win Regular Season Awards

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The Chicago Bulls are poised to end the regular season with several NBA award winners.

5. All Defensive Team - Jimmy Butler

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5. All Defensive Team - Jimmy Butler

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No, this technically doesn't qualify for one of the NBA awards, but Jimmy Butler certainly deserves to make the all-defensive first or second team. Having to guard the likes of LeBron James, Paul George and DeMar DeRozan at a high level on a nightly basis should be proof enough.

4. Most Improved Player - D.J. Augustin

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4. Most Improved Player - D.J. Augustin

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A former castaway of the Toronto Raptors, D.J. Augustin has definitely found a home with the Chicago Bulls. Averaging more than 14 points with the Bulls and nearly 19 points since the trade of Luol Deng, Augustin is making a case for Most Improved Player. He could also be in the running for Sixth Man of the Year.

3. Coach of the Year - Tom Thibideau

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3. Coach of the Year - Tom Thibideau

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After the season-ending injury to Derrick Rose and the trade of Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers, head coach Tom Thibideau managed to turn the lottery bound Bulls into playoff contenders. It would surprise no one if Thibideau won Coach of the Year a second time with the Bulls.

2. Defensive Player of the Year - Joakim Noah

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2. Defensive Player of the Year - Joakim Noah

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An MVP he is not. What Joakim Noah is, however, is the Defensive Player of the Year. His grittiness on defense — along with his ability to rebound and block and alter shots at a high level — makes Noah an easily candidate for this award. He is also one of the main reason why the Bulls are second in the NBA on defense.

1. Sixth Man of the Year - Taj Gibson

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1. Sixth Man of the Year - Taj Gibson

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An award typically locked up for high-scoring wing players off of the bench, Taj Gibson is proving to be the exception. Averaging 13 points and six rebounds as the Bulls sixth man, Gibson is also the man head coach Tom Thibideau relies on in fourth quarters. Consider this award a lock.

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