Entering the season, there were a lot of questions about the direction the Chicago Bulls were trending in, but Billy Donovan has done a decent job coaching this team in his first season with the organization and Zach LaVine has emerged as one of the best pure scorers in the entire NBA.
Not to mention, the Bulls also traded for 2x All-Star center Nikola Vucevic at the NBA trade deadline, getting LaVine some much needed help and locking up their center position for the foreseeable future.
Now, with two All-Star talents and some high-level, young talents in Coby White, Lauri Markkanen and Patrick Williams, the Bulls have a chance to make the Play-In Tournament this year, but it is highly unlikely at this point.
Chicago currently finds themselves 26-39, in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and they currently trail the 10-seed Washington Wizards by 4 full games. With 7 games remaining on their schedule, the Bulls would basically have to win out to have a chance to make it into the NBA Play-In Tournament this year, which seems highly unlikely given their inconsistent play.
The Bulls definitely improved this year and they should definitely be considered a fringe playoff team entering the offseason, but there is still plenty of work to be done. With that said, let’s take a look at three reasons why the Bulls have no shot at making the NBA Play-In Tournament this year, making this the fourth consecutive year with no postseason berth for the Bulls.