Bulls: 2013-14 season grades
Forty-eight victories didn't seem likely for the Chicago Bulls in November when Derrick Rose went down with another knee injury, but once again Tom Thibodeau's crew showed that it can never be counted out.
But the regular season proved to be the end of the Bulls' good times. A disappointing loss to the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs has given the Bulls an earlier-than-expected vacation and kicks off an offseason full of big decisions for management.
As the Bulls begin their own assessments, here's your chance to weigh in on their performances this season. Check out our grades, then vote for your own and tell us why in the comments section.
Friedell: The rookie swingman showed flashes of promise throughout the season, but he was too inconsistent for Thibodeau to trust him in the rotation. He must put in work to make his shot -- and his defense -- more consistent next season. C.
Friedell: Boozer regressed this season after a solid performance last season. He openly questioned Thibodeau because of his lack of minutes in the fourth quarter and followed that up with a poor postseason. Many fans are hoping the Bulls decide to use the amnesty clause on the final year of his contract this summer. C.
Friedell: The diminutive point guard was called a "season saver" by his teammates and coaches more than once this season. His offensive play was gigantic in many games for a Bulls team that had problems scoring. His defense still isn't very good, and overall he had a poor playoffs, but he was great after being waived by Toronto. A.
Friedell: After Luol Deng was traded, Butler became the guy Thibodeau leaned on to play heavy minutes and guard the opposing team's best player. Butler established himself as a top wing defender, but he just couldn't hit jump shots consistently. If he can improve in that area, he will make a lot of money in his next contract. C.
Friedell: The veteran center was a solid presence in the locker room, but he didn't provide that much production on the floor. The Bulls will likely look for a younger option as a backup center next season. C.
Friedell: The versatile bench player had the best season of his career, earning raves throughout the league. His defense was better and his offense flourished after working all summer on his game. He has become one of the best two-way players the Bulls have and will likely be the their starting power forward next season. A.
Friedell: Dunleavy provided a solid veteran presence for this team and became a better defender than even the Bulls had hoped. He played in every game for the Bulls and showed a toughness that fit into Thibodeau's system. It will be interesting to see how he plays with Derrick Rose next season. B.
Friedell: The key for Hinrich was that he stayed relatively healthy this season. He was respected throughout the locker room for his professional attitude on the floor. The Bulls would welcome him back if he is willing to take a hometown discount for the veteran's minimum. B.
Friedell: The heart and soul of the Bulls. This was his best season as a professional. He helped lead this team on and off the floor after Rose went down and Deng got traded and earned the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. He had a postseason he'd like to forget and played through a left knee injury but elevated his game to a new level. A.
Friedell: This was the best coaching performance of Thibodeau's career. He did not allow his team to fold when it had every reason to after the Rose injury and the Deng trade. The issue for Thibodeau moving forward is that he has a habit of wearing out his players by playing big minutes. Thibodeau is one of the best coaches in the league, but he has to do a better job of pacing his team so it's ready for the postseason. A.
Friedell: Dealing Deng was the wise choice for a team that wasn't going to win a title. Signing Augustin turned out to be a great move. Snell could turn out to be a solid player, but many fans clamored for Gorgui Dieng and Mason Plumlee in last year's draft. Forman must do everything in his power to sign elite offensive talent -- specifically Carmelo Anthony -- and he must find depth in the draft/free agency that Thibodeau will trust to use off the bench. A.
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