Although the Chicago Bulls ultimately fell short of their NBA Finals dreams in the 2014-2015 season, the team laid the foundation for another deep run in the NBA playoffs. Before the 2014-2015 season began, the Bulls augmented the existing lineup with new signings Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, creating a complete team that could pose a legitimate challenge for the NBA Finals trophy. After earning the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and beating the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, the Bulls lost in the second round to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Looking forward to the 2015-2016 season, the Bulls will again rely on the leadership of All-Star guard Derrick Rose, on whose shoulders a title contention ultimately rests. The Bulls will also look to big men Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, whose interior play will have a major impact on the success or failure of the team.