NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL DRAFT NEWS 10-19-2015
COACH THIBODEAU IS GONE… AND THAT’S WHERE THE BULLS SUMMER CHANGES STOP
The Chicago Bulls did not make it all the way to the 2015 NBA final, falling victim to LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite that, general manager Gar Forman kept the team intact on the eve of a new season. The roster will be the same, with center Nazr Mohammed being the only player not being resigned by the franchise.
The Bulls finished third in the eastern conference with a 50-32 record. They defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs in 6 games, but failed to go past the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference semifinals despite a valiant effort. Chicago lost the series 4-2.
During the 2014/15 season, tension was brewing between head coach Tom Thibodeau and the organization front office. Thibodeau brought the team to the post-season every year since his hiring in 2010. With 255 wins and 139 losses (64.7%), he holds the second best winning percentage in franchise history behind legendary coach Phil Jackson. Despite all of this success, GM Gar Forman and executive VP Johns Paxson weren’t seeing eye-to-eye with Thibodeau anymore. The move to fire him was made shortly after the playoff loss to the Cavs. His replacement, Fred Hoiberg, coached Iowa State for the past five years. The college team won the Big 12 Tournament championship for the past two season.
Chicago Bulls PG
2011 NBA MVP was finally able to play more than 60 games (including the playoffs) for the first time since tearing his ACL, back in 2012. The injury still seemed to affect him a bit, as he was not able to replicate the number’s he had a couple years back. But with 17.7 PPG and 4.9 AST/G last year, the fantasy basketball production are getting better.
Chicago Bulls SG
Butler took the team on his shoulder last year, playing a league high 38.7 minutes per game for Chicago. He also led the team in points per game with 20. The 2015 NBA most improved player did everything on the court, from knocking down three pointers to stealing the ball away. His contribution all-year long was recognize by the league and played in his first all-star game.
Chicago Bulls SF
Mike Dunleavy Jr
Dunleavy is making the most of being a role player. His 40.7 three points percentage was the second-best in the team last year. Despite that, Dunleavy’s fantasy value is still very low.
Chicago Bulls PF
At 35 years-old, Gasol is still a top fantasy pick at the power forward position. He finished with 1446 points, 570 field goals, 919 rebounds and 147 blocks. The Spaniard led the Bulls in all of those categories, while his rebound total was third best in the NBA.
Chicago Bulls C
Noah is coming off his worst season. After collecting more than a thousand buckets the year before, he produced 485 points. That’s three less than what he made during his rookie season. His rebounds skills dropped considerably too. He had 9.6 rebounds per game, his lowest average since his sophomore season.