With all that's happened this season, and since the season ended, now would be a good time to get some closure on things, as well as look ahead to what will be a very different future.
The Bulls under Fred Hoiberg will be more entertaining
Sure, I could beat around the bush, but I believe K.C. when he says this:
Bulls can say what they want about going through process. They're locked and loaded on hiring Hoiberg. His job to lose.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 28, 2015
And let's be honest, creative scoring is just more aesthetically pleasing than seeing Jimmy Butler rotate off-ball to close off the paint. Close second, but still. Hoiberg is projected to insert some fun offense with lots of wrinkles for wing players and scoring early in the shot clock. Whether it'll translate to winning will of course be a huge domino in terms of how entertaining it is to watch, but at the least there's some eye-candy to look forward to, and I'm not just talking about Freddy.
The 22nd pick should fill a void
With Aaron Brooks presumably gone (not yet written in stone, but someone could throw him Nate money) the Bulls could use a steady back-up point guard, and preferably not just a gunner. Enter Jerian Grant. Now, admittedly, Grant could be off the board at #22, but if he isn't, he'd be the perfect fit. For one, he's tall for the position at 6'4, he's a better passer than Brooks by a fair margin, and he's got defensive potential. I'm a BPA type of guy, but I'm fairly confident in saying that if he's on the board, he'd fall into that category as well.
But should he be off the board, the Bulls could possibly fill in that void at the center position by choosing the somewhat controversial Robert Upshaw. Like everyone else, I have some doubts about his past, but there's no denying the kid got game. Besides, if the alternative is Nazr Mohammed, taking a flyer on Upshaw makes sense.
The national media mill
I touched on this briefly yesterday, but the Bulls didn't exactly handle the firing of Tom Thibodeau that well. In fact, it went all kinds of lousy, which has again brought out unwanted attention to their front office. Only, this will go on for a while. They sent Thibs out the door so loudly, it's going to be one of the common demoninators for outsiders who talk Bulls around the water cooler. That's the new perception they're going to have to deal with, and rightfully so. They made their own bed, and it got messy. The only downside is that Bulls fans will now be subjected to more mentions of it, and for a while at that.
Let's be honest. McDermott in some capacity didn't have a rookie season. It was more of a prolonged training camp that lasted for damn near a year. A true test will come under Hoiberg, where he's bound to get minutes. The addition of McDermott into a set rotation could possibly do wonders for Chicago's spacing, and it might even help both Rose and Butler add a few percentages to their efficiency because of it. He's the one guy who right now has the chance to come in and change the team for the better, right off the bat, by just playing more. It's by no means a lock that he will succeed, but given his resumé and pedigree, I'd argue he's deserved a shot after sitting so long.
This team will be different
Not only will the playing style change, but so will the roster. Draft choices might be made on the basis of Fred's offense as opposed to Tom's defense, and likewise for free agent decisions. The entire identify of the Bulls will change from being these gritty grinders, to having a deeper offensive impact, as well as being more well-rounded. That doesn't mean they won't be a solid defensive team, but the Tom Thibodeau intensity won't hang over them anymore, which at times will be good, and other times won't be. What exactly they'll turn into is anyone's guess, but it'll be a different look and feel than what we've all been used to.