Latest GM Survey Has the Chicago Bulls Among the “Toughest” Teams to Predict

Last season’s GM Survey voted the Chicago Bulls the “most improved” team in the NBA. Fast forward exactly one year, and the results aren’t as kind.

With little representation across the survey this time around, the team’s most noteworthy appearance came when general managers were asked “which team’s level of success this season is toughest to predict?” While the Nets, unsurprisingly, held the top spot, the Bulls came in right behind the Lakers and Grizzlies to tie for receiving the 4th-highest percentage of votes.

After a 2021-22 campaign where the team plummeted from first-place to the No. 6 seed in a matter of weeks, it’s hard to blame anyone for expressing skepticism. Not to mention, it’s not like the front office made any significant roster changes to sway how people view this group in one way or another. The Bulls have practically an identical roster, which makes it hard not to feel as if their ceiling could sit as high as a top-3 spot or as low as a Play-In Tournament bid.

One of the other few areas where the Bulls’ name showed up came in the “most surprising move of the offseason” category. Believe it or not, the Andre Drummond signing somehow finished 4th (albeit with just 3 percent of votes). I’m not sure who was utterly shocked by this move, but I can confidently say they shouldn’t have been. Despite Drummond’s lack of proven rim protection skills, he provides size and rebounding to a team that desperately needed it last season. Did I fully predict the Bulls would go after Drummond? No. But I don’t think anyone should have been caught off guard by the move. They needed someone like Drummond and Drummond needed someone willing to fork over the playing time.

Finally, both DeMar DeRozan and assistant coach Chris Fleming technically received some acknowledgment. DeRozan earned at least one vote for the player you would prefer to take the final shot, while Fleming was one of a handful of assistants who got an honorable mention for “best assistant coach” in the NBA.

All things considered, though, this was a pretty quiet showing for a team that hopes to make a lot of noise this season. Is that problem? Eh, not particularly, but it does stress how much further they still have to go to impress their NBA colleagues.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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