It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Just a year ago, the Chicago Bulls sat at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and were one of the feel-good stories of the NBA season. Many saw the Bulls’ early season performance as the beginning of a new era of Chicago basketball, and after years of rebuilding, it appeared the organization had finally figured things out.
But things can change at a moment’s notice in the ever-changing NBA. With the end of December in sight, the Bulls are 12-18, which puts them at 11th in the Eastern Conference standings. One could argue the Bulls were always due for regression, considering the injuries to key players and the Eastern Conference’s noticeable improvement.
After a slow start to the 2022-23 season, many fans are left wondering what the future holds for the Chicago Bulls.
However, the steep drop off from a playoff team a year ago to one currently fighting for a spot in the play-in tournament was one few anticipated. It’s important to stay patient throughout an 82-game season, but with 30 games in the books, it’s hard to overlook the team’s subpar play.
What the Bulls are as a team right now is becoming clearer by the day. But what is less certain is what they will be going forward. With the trade deadline on the horizon, many are questioning whether or not it makes sense for the Bulls to blow up the roster and pursue yet another rebuild. Here are the arguments for both sides.