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Chris Ballard
September 04, 2006
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.
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September 04, 2006

Buzzer Beaters

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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 time.

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