Derrick Rose has led the Bulls to a 12--3 record, their best start in 15 years. Are they the team to beat in the East?
Sergio Carmona: Wait, who are the defending Eastern Conference champions? The Heat! Dwyane Wade has proved he's a clutch player, while Derrick Rose shrank in crunch time in last year's playoffs.
Gene Arnold: The Heat should be the team to beat, but it can't close games. The Bulls can, so, yeah, they're it. Plus, Rose is more effective in the clutch than LeBron James will ever be.
David Scheffke (@dave1120): Yep. The Bulls have beaten top-tier teams like the Lakers, Magic and Celtics so far this season. Besides, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah aren't even playing at their full potential yet, and the Bulls are still 12--3.
Glen Gleissner: I'd say yes. Signing Richard Hamilton in the off-season was huge for Chicago. He is the missing piece that they needed to get to the Finals.
Daniel Ramirez: The Bulls are taking the East because they are a balanced team and their defense is kicking butt, while the Heat is floundering in inconsistency.