October is NBA Basketball month, which means a new season for the Chicago Bulls is coming around the corner. Although the Bulls have experienced an up and down pattern for the number of wins each season during the past 11 years, they’ll be coming in to the new 2019-2020 NBA season on a low note.
The graphic above starts in the 2008 NBA season after the Chicago Bulls won the first draft pick and drafted Chicago native and future Bulls star player Derrick Rose. The Chicago Bulls held their own from 2008 to 2010, ending both seasons at just 42 wins. Soon afterwards, the Rose Era Bulls spiked during the 2010-2011 season when they lead the NBA with the best record at 62 wins out of 82 games in regular season. While the Chicago Bulls would fall to Lebron and the Miami Heat in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, Derrick Rose still walked out as the 2011 NBA MVP, the youngest in Bulls and NBA history.
The following years would not see the Bulls reaching 62 wins again however. While earning a solid 50 wins in 2012 and retaining the NBA’s best record, any hopes of continuing a championship run was dashed after Rose suffered a season-ending injury in the Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, and never being his MVP self anymore. The Bulls still competed as best as they could, gradually returning to 50 wins in 2015.
The Bulls’s season wins have been declining ever since. The old team from 2011 and 2012 slowly broke apart in instances such as Roses’s trade to the New York Knicks during summer 2016, among other player trades and roster changes. Chicago’s hometown team went from 41 regular season wins in 2017 down to as low as 27 and 22 wins in the following two years. As Chicago heads into the upcoming season, only time will tell if their regular season wins will continue to drop or if a comeback will be on the way.