The Chicago Bulls boosted their already strong front line today by acquiring Pau Gasol. The seven-footer will come in as a stretch-four man who can help space the court for the Bulls and is a perfect partner for frontcourt-mate Joakim Noah.
This a great consolation prize for a Bulls team that was also chasing star forward Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls desperately had to upgrade their scoring punch. The addition of Gasol and drafting of Doug McDermott certainly will be a tremendous help. Gasol not only has range out to the three-point line, but is also perhaps the league’s best passing big man other than Noah.
Noah will do the dirty work grabbing boards, blocking shots and being an all-around tenacious player, while Gasol will provides the offensive punch desperately needed. This also allows the Bulls to continue to unleash sixth man Taj Gibson off the bench where he seems to thrive. Gibson, in my opinion, was robbed of the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2013.
The Bulls have certainly positioned themselves at or near the top of a weak Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers with their newly minted superstar LeBron James will obviously be a force to be reckoned with. And you can’t count out the Indiana Pacers, but the Bulls, with a healthy Derrick Rose and a stacked frontcourt that includes overseas Spanish superstar Nikola Mirotic, look like as good a bet as any to come out of the East.
We already know this team to be one of the elite defensive squads under head coach Tom Thibodeau. McDermott, Gasol and a healthy Rose should give the Bulls the offensive punch they have been sorely lacking the past few seasons, and vault them to the top of the Eastern Conference.