Yes, when Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers a few weeks ago, it left a huge dent in the power axis for the Central Division in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. As it stands right now, The Chicago Bulls have a great opportunity to win the Central.
Now, the only team however that could seriously give the Bulls “a run for their money” is the Milwaukee Bucks. After last year’s performance after the all star break and with the rise of combo guards John Salmons & Brandon Jennings, coupled with the return of Michael Redd, they may pose the only serious threat. Oh did I forget to mention, The Bucks also acquired quality veterans in Drew Gooden & Corey Maggette.
Does that really matter though? I don’t think so. I believe the Chicago Bulls will finish first and I’ll tell you why. 3-Point Shooting. They didn’t have that last year. As a team, they shot a paltry 33% from beyond the arc and ranked 28th in the NBA in that category. Damn. Now, when they picked up Kyle Korver and J.J. Redick they got the 1st and 17th-ranked players in 3-point percentage based on 2010 statistics. Why is that important? Well, it’s gonna make a dangerous and penetrating guard in Derrick Rose that much more lethal. He had run alot of the offense thru him because no one else would really threaten the defense. With the new sharp-shooters on the squad, it will spread the floor for him and present a lot of 1 on 1 opportunities for Luol and company. This will most definitely maximize the talents of the front court-players in Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and the newly acquired Carlos Boozer.
Got any reason why you think i’m not right? Let me know, but as always…that’s just my take.Updated: July 16, 2010