Finding more consistency against bad teams is what the Chicago Bulls need to solve to get closer to the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.
As a fan of a very frustrating team to watch in the NBA for the last two or three seasons, consistency matters. A winning team has role players that come through on a regular season. What matters most on a winning team, though, is the consistency of a star player that can show up each and every night. Neither is a factor that the Chicago Bulls have this season.
No star is going to blow every team away. Even the greats like Michael Jordan of the Bulls and LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, or Los Angeles Lakers, avoids every off night. What the Bulls find themselves in right now is a situation where no one can be relied on for even a three-game streak to show up enough to win them the game.
This problem facing the Bulls is the same that faces another big market team in the Eastern Conference. And that’s the New York Knicks. Another common theme between the Bulls and the Knicks is the lack of competency from the front office down to the coaches.
Playoffs are not likely to be around the corner for either the Bulls or the Knicks this season. The Bulls do have a chance (15.4 percent chance per Basketball Reference). But the Knicks are almost out of the playoff picture before the halfway mark of the regular season.
The question is constantly asked for the Bulls and the Knicks about where the blame should fall. Inconsistent players is one area to look.
Here’s a look into the three most inconsistent players for the Chicago Bulls as we’ve hit the 32 game mark of the 2019-20 regular season.