The midpoint of the NBA season has passed and the Bulls are firmly in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Probably what most people expected before the season, right?
The Bulls sit at 22-22 and are only one game behind the Toronto Raptors -- Yes, the Toronto Raptors -- for the No. 3 seed in the East. The Bulls, along with the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks and Raptors are the only teams in the conference with a .500 or better record.
After losing Derrick Rose to a second season-ending injury and trading Luol Deng for cap space and a future draft pick, many fans believed the "tank" was on. The main problem is with the way the Bulls roster is currently constructed, they aren't bad enough to tank. And with Tom Thibodeau at the helm, tanking is not a possibility.
"Obviously, we're a mediocre team this year, a middle-of-the-pack team," Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf told Rick King in an interview with WGN on Monday night. "Looks like we probably will make the playoffs but we don't know for sure. But we're not that bad. When (Rose) comes back, that gets us a top-five player and we've got a lot of things going for us.
As bleak as this season has been for the Bulls, Reinsdorf is right. The Bulls are holding their own without Rose, a two-time All Star in Deng, and a plethora of injuries to key players.
Chicago will have cap space this summer and the possibility of three selections in a loaded 2014 NBA Draft.
And a hopefully healthy Rose.