The second seed in the East Conference has been occupied by one of the biggest surprises out of the 2021-22 season, the Chicago Bulls. They have had a monstrous half a season so far defeating a bunch of the toughest contenders in the league at the moment. The franchise made a few excellent moves during the off-season and it seems to have worked wonders for them. They currently have a record of 38 wins and 21 losses tied with the number one team in their conference.
DeMar DeRozan, one of the newest additions to the roster this season has put up numbers that the Bulls organization has not seen in over two decades. He has been a force to reckon with on the offensive side adding on to the existing scoring option Zach LaVine. Besides DeRozan, Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball have been great on defense with Lonzo also contributing from beyond the arc. Not to forget Nikola Vucevic whose presence within the paint in simply outstanding. What more? They just signed another veteran player who has tons of playoff experience.
The Chicago Bulls sign veteran center Tristan Thompson from the buyout market
The Chicago Bulls had announced the signing of veteran center and champion Tristan Thompson who is a great addition to the big men of the team. Tristan has had tons of playoff experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He made five playoff appearances inclusive of four appearances straight from 2015-18.
The Bulls released Alfonzo McKinnie, a forward and signed Thompson who averages a fair 6.3 points per game with 5.3 rebounds along with it. He has a career average of 9.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, and one assist. His experience will definitely boost the confidence and mentorship with this Bulls team increasing their chances of winning the title this year.
Zach LaVine reacts to the signing of Tristan Thompson
Bulls star Zach LaVine seemed to be very supportive and excited about the new signing. He said, “He’s going to bring another championship-level guy where he’s been in these games before. He can help us in these situations.” Thompson had won a ring being under the King LeBron James and he was a very important piece on the defensive end starting in 73 out of the 80 games he played in the playoffs.
LaVine continued to show his appreciation towards the Bulls staff saying, “With AK and Marc, obviously, they’re going for it. They trust in me, they trust in DeMar, they trust in this group, and it just means a lot going into the last year of my contract that they’re putting a team around us that can compete.”
The Bulls are almost inches away from seeing their first title in years and the roster they have right now seems more determined than they ever were. This year will have an interesting playoffs series with so many teams with high potential.