By Paul Roumeliotis
USA Today released the next team of their daily countdown of watchable teams for the upcoming NBA season. Coming in seventh are the Chicago Bulls.
Last year, the Bulls completed the regular season with a 45-37 record without their leading scorer, Derrick Rose, and got knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by the Miami Heat.
Well this year, USA Today writer Adi Joseph expects the Bulls get back on track with Rose fully recovered. Joesph predicts the Bulls to finish first in the Eastern Conference with a 65-17 season and lists Chicago as the biggest threat to dethroning the Miami Heat.
So, why wouldn't you watch this team? Rose is finally back after recovering from ACL surgery and the off-season gave time for all players to get healthy again, especially Joakim Noah who was dealing with a nagging foot injury.
The list before Chicago, from least to most watchable, is the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Bobcats, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs.
The teams above Chicago will be released throughout the next week, but for the Bulls, don't be surprised if that number climbs as the season goes on.