The Chicago Bulls limped through another season without Derrick Rose and somehow managed to make the playoffs. But they haven’t made it back to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2011 and that’s thanks to more than just the absence of Derrick Rose. While not having the team MVP around isn’t helping anything, neither is the Bulls lack of ability to score.
Chicago has been lacking a scoring threat outside of Rose in the most dire of ways since Rose began turn it on with the Bulls and it’s been something that has been holding the Bulls back in the worst of ways. They almost consistently have one of the most sound defensive units in basketball but their scoring is lackluster at best.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are very much expected to improve their ability to score this offseason and it would be shocking if they didn’t look to the draft to find someone to fill that role.
There has been talk of the Bulls possibly trading their No. 16 and No. 19 picks to the Denver Nuggets to move up into the No. 11 overall slot, something that would open up a slew of options for them to fix their scoring problem. It’s been made abundantly clear that the front office will not spend money on the open market to sign scoring talent which means the draft is the only option for Chicago.
Moving to No. 11 overall would mean scorers like Doug McDermott and Gary Harris Jr could be targets as both could step in and help give the Bulls a scoring threat they’ve been lacking for far too long.