Despite scoring the big free-agent coup of the summer
by signing Ben Wallace, the Chicago Bulls are at least a year away from
contending for a title for these reasons.
The Bulls led the league in field goal defense last season (42.6%), so how much
of a difference can Wallace, the NBA's four-time Defensive Player of the Year,
make at that end of the floor?
Of the 22 NBA finalists since 1995-96, only the Nets reached the Finals a year
after failing to win a playoff series. The Bulls have not won a postseason
series since Michael Jordan left in 1998.
Over the last quarter century only Wallace's Pistons (in 2003-04) won the
championship without an MVP-caliber scorer. The Bulls must develop a reliable
All-Star if they hope to outscore Dwyane Wade or LeBron James in crunch