Chicago Bulls: Power rankings

Bulls slip to No. 13 in Power Rankings

April, 8, 2013
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Marc Stein has the Chicago Bulls in the No. 13 slot in this week's ESPN Power Rankings -- one spot down from last week.

"Leaning strongly toward proclaiming that halting Miami's 27-game win streak WAS Da Bulls' championship in 2012-13. Their road mojo is gone, presumably because someone else key besides D-Rose always seems to be sitting, so how can you pick this Chicago against Brooklyn or Indy in Round 1?"

I agree and disagree with Marc here. First, the Bulls win over the Heat was their championship this season since this team isn't going to win a title with all its injury problems. But I don't believe it's tough to pick the Bulls to advance into the second round, especially if they face the Nets in Round 1. The Bulls beat the Nets last week with basically seven guys, none of who were named Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah or Taj Gibson. Imagine what they could do if any one of them returns before the playoffs…

Bulls move up 3 spots in Power Rankings

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
1:07
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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The Chicago Bulls moved up three spots to 12th in Marc Stein's NBA Power Rankings. The Bulls picked up their most impressive win of the season on Wednesday by knocking off the No. 1 Miami Heat and ending their 27-game winning streak.

The Bulls hope to creep back into the top 10 this week with a handful of winnable game at Washington on Tuesday, at home against Orlando on Thursday and Sunday at Detroit. They also have a possible playoff preview against the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Bulls slip to No. 11 in power rankings

February, 11, 2013
2/11/13
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls have fallen two spots to No. 11 in Marc Stein's latest power rankings.

Losses to the Indiana Pacers and the Denver Nuggets helped push the Bulls back last week -- and disgusted Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau because of his team's lackluster defensive effort. Thibodeau's team bounced back nicely in a Friday win over the Utah Jazz but it wasn't enough to keep the Bulls in Stein's top 10. Here is what he says:

"It's getting harder and harder to resist projecting what the Bulls will look like when Derrick Rose comes back. One big reason for that: Chicago already has the best intraconference record in the East at a tidy 23-9. Which goes rather nicely with the East's best road record (15-9)."

The Bulls have done exactly what Thibodeau wanted in Rose's absence. They have continued to win despite injuries and have stayed focused on the task at hand. Aside from Rose's impending return, the other major issue for the Bulls is the health of Joakim Noah. If the plantar fasciitis in his right foot lingers it could derail the Bulls' season.

Power Rankings: Bulls move up

January, 23, 2013
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It's the sort of thing you're bound to say after watching a guy score 52 points, but there's more to it than that. A lot more.

With the NBA's 30 teams either at or about to cross the 41-game midpoint on the regular-season schedule, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant has the slight lead here over LeBron James in the Most Valuable Player race, since Durant -- on this scorecard -- is enjoying a fractionally better season than the guy in Miami universally regarded as the game's best overall player.

LeBron James has been as individually superlative as anticipated for the Heat, sporting a sparkling PER of 30.30 entering the Martin Luther King Day schedule, but the champs are barely over .500 on the road (10-9) and, in spite of James' nightly brilliance, struggling in a variety of areas. Durant, meanwhile, is not only right there in the PER race at 29.03 but also has the Thunder perched atop ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings despite the late October departure of James Harden.

Even after losing one of the West's best players -- and losing an OT thriller Sunday night in Denver after routing the Nuggets days earlier -- OKC heads into Tuesday's showdown in L.A. with Chris Paul's Clippers in possession of the No. 1 ranking. Setting the Thunder's just-get-on-with-it tone in spectacular fashion, Durant is shooting 51.6 percent from the floor, 40.4 percent from the 3-point line and 90.9 percent on free throws, all of which has put No. 35 on the brink of snatching the scoring lead away from Kobe Bryant after KD's 52-point eruption Friday night in Dallas.

The rankings, as always, were compiled with peerless assisting from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself.

Also, check out John Hollinger's daily Power Rankings.

Power Rankings: Bulls close in on top 10

January, 7, 2013
1/07/13
11:51
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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Marc Stein has the Bulls ranked 11th in this week's Power Rankings and that sounds about right given the fact that they lost to the Charlotte Bobcats at home and beat the Miami Heat on the road in the span of five days.

As Stein points out, the Bulls are now 6-2 against the Heat in the regular season over the past three years. But that success against Miami has not carried into the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how these two teams fare once Derrick Rose returns.

Stein also notes the play of Carlos Boozer, who has been great recently. I'd argue that this is the best two-game stretch of Boozer's Bulls career. In wins over the Magic and Heat, Boozer was a dominant offensive force and gave energy on both sides of the ball, combining for 58 points and 23 rebounds. Coach Tom Thibodeau would love to see that keep up over the next few months.

Power Rankings: Bulls rise six spots

November, 5, 2012
11/05/12
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Stein By Marc Stein
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Premiere week in the NBA, as the TV hucksters call it, was a wild one.

How wild?

So wild that the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks -- who have opened the season in undeniably impressive fashion -- vaulted higher in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings than they ever could have expected to be this season thanks to all of the presumed title contenders that stumbled out of the gate.

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Power Rankings: Let the games begin

October, 29, 2012
10/29/12
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Stein By Marc Stein
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After a month marked by way too many injuries and then livened up by that thunderbolt of a trade over the weekend, it's almost here.

Opening night!

A full 82-game, lockout-proof season starts for real Tuesday with a tasty TNT doubleheader featuring three of the top four teams in these rankings, headlined by No. 4 Boston's visit to No. 1 Miami, where the Heat will collect their championship rings and open their title defense against Ray Allen's old team.

Depressing as it is to see the likes of Andrew Bynum, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Love, Amar'e Stoudemire and John Wall all sidelined -- and stunning as it was to see Oklahoma City ship James Harden to Houston late Saturday night -- on-court dealings are about to commandeer the spotlight. Word of warning: Allen's shot has been a touch wayward this month and Rashard Lewis is still adjusting to his new surroundings, but LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all looked quite good during the preseason. Which only cements the Heat as an overwhelming No. 1 here as we get started.

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NBA Insider Ric Bucher gives his Eastern Conference Power Rankings.

Power Rankings: Bulls rise to top again

March, 5, 2012
3/05/12
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By ESPN.com
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Derrick Rose's injury kept him out of the lineup and kept Chicago from the top spot. He's back. So are the Bulls. Power Rankings »

Power Rankings: Bulls or Lakers?

March, 21, 2011
3/21/11
11:28
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By ESPNChicago.com
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The Bulls climbed to No. 2 in last week's Power Rankings. After wins over the Wizards and Nets -- and an overtime loss to the Pacers on Friday -- have they moved past the Lakers for the top spot? Click here to view this week's rankings.

Power Rankings: Bulls push for No. 1

March, 14, 2011
3/14/11
11:51
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Winners of six straight, the Bulls are pushing for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the top spot in ESPN.com's Power Rankings. Click here to see this week's Power Rankings.


ESPN's Jalen Rose ranks his top five teams.

Power Rankings: Bulls climbing

March, 7, 2011
3/07/11
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The Bulls swept Florida over the weekend, and continue their climb up the East. Check out this week's Power Rankings.

NBA Power Rankings: Week 18

February, 28, 2011
2/28/11
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After two wins, including a big one over the Heat, and a bad loss to the Raptors, where do the Bulls stand in ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings? Click here to check it out.

No. 4 Bulls look poised to stay in Top 10

December, 13, 2010
12/13/10
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CHICAGO -- The Bulls came into Monday night's game against the Indiana Pacers having won five in a row and are about to hit an easier section of their schedule in the next few weeks. If they keep playing the way they have been lately they could go on a serious tear. Maybe that's why they jumped to fourth in Marc Stein's NBA power rankings this week. Here's his reasoning:

"The Bulls have 11 wins against Western Conference foes, and no other team in the East has more than six,” Stein said. “[Derrick Rose] is shooting 41.6 percent on 3-pointers, and [Carlos] Boozer is back. Safe bet: Chicago is in the top 10 to stay."

I agree with him on that one. With the way the schedule breaks they might even be able to move up a spot or two next week -- especially if they keep their current mindset.

"That's the only thing that matters right now, not getting too caught up in the hype," Bulls center Joakim Noah said after Saturday night's win over the Timberwolves. "There's definitely a little buzz going on about the Chicago Bulls. It feels good to win five in a row, but we just got to stay hungry, stay humble and stay driven. We still got a lot of work to do become the team that we want to be and we want to be one of the elite teams in the East and to do that we got to keep it up."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5