Let's face it, the Cavs are younger and flat out more talented than the Bulls. They have the best player in the NBA, a top 10 player, and another all star caliber player on the squad. Unlike Miami they have plenty of depth, and that depth isn't just a bunch of older ring chasers, they have some young talented players as well.
The Cavaliers are built to compete for the title for the rest of LeBron's prime, and as long as they don't have any internal melt downs or major injury woes, should be favored to win the East and the NBA title for the next three to four seasons. They might be even stronger than Miami when their big three first got together.
To make matters worse for the rest of the NBA, the team seems likely to get even stronger as time goes on and it can use the some exceptions to add another player next year and much of the supporting cast will be improving still. Irving, Waiters, and Thompson aren't at their peaks yet, and unlike what may have happened with the Heat, everyone on the Cavs will be focused on winning a title because not many guys have rings.
The Bulls are on the opposite side of that coin. Except for their incoming rookies and perhaps Jimmy Butler [though I think he's topped out], the rest of the squad is either trending the same in talent or on the decline. Bulls fans will simply hope their guys will stay the same. Their injury risk is higher, talent less, improvement arc heading in the wrong direction.
You never know in the NBA, perhaps McDermott or Mirotic or both will turn into all star caliber players and turn Chicago into an offense to be feared. It seems awfully unlikely, but stranger things have happened. However, every NBA team will be saying that about their rookies and pretty much every team will be wrong.
So though they're very good on paper, they're clearly worse than Cleveland and don't appear to have much of an advantage anywhere. They'll probably be better defensively, but after adding so many offensive players to the roster this season, Chicago doesn't have as much of an edge there as they might have once had either [I still support those changes though].
What the Bulls have is a puncher's chance to take out the Cavaliers. They can hope to exploit their lack of interior shot blocking and post defense. They'll need Derrick Rose to prove he can destroy Kyrie Irving off the dribble. They'll need Pau Gasol to show he can dominate in the low post against Anderson Varejao.
They'll need to hit their open threes and figure out just how in the hell they'll be able to defend the Cavaliers offensive attack which looks simply ridiculous on paper.
It won't be easy. It might not be possible. It will likely get worse.
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