Let’s be honest. The Bulls making the playoffs really isn’t important. And after going 0 for March so far, I’d be fine with them losing out the rest of the month. At this point I prefer them not to make the postseason. Here’s why:
- Health. Deng, Rose and Noah are all injured. Deng and Rose in particular have trouble staying healthy and Noah simply needs the rest. Let them all rest. Don’t rush them back. Why exacerbate things? So you can play 5 or 6 games in the first round?
- Draft Pick. The Bucks have the option of swapping first round picks with the Bulls, but that pick is protected if it lands in the top 10. As of this writing the pick sits at 11. There are some really good players available in the top 10, and the Bulls could even get one of the top three picks.
- Coaching. Vinny Del Negro could win a first round playoff series and he still won’t be retained by the Bulls. A new coach is coming in the next few months. So it doesn’t matter from a coaching standpoint if the Bulls make the postseason.
- Experience is slightly overrated. The most important Bulls have already tasted the postseason: Deng, Rose & Noah. Getting shelled in round 1 or even going to 7 games won’t improve their confidence or their games. I’d rather see them healthy than getting more worn out.
I’d love to see the Bulls get in the lottery and get another solid young player, even if it’s not in the top 3. The odds of them getting 2 big free agents is slim, so it would be great to add a solid rookie. Patrick Patterson? Xavier Henry? Chicago’s Evan Turner? Free agency begins in July after the draft. If the Bulls can land a good rookie, it gives them a clearer target once that begins.
Stay home, Bulls. You’ll be better for it.