Originally Posted by final.wrath[B
]the bulls had a decievingly high ppg stat last year. the only way I can explain that is that they scored more when they played bad teams[/b]. Despite their ppg, they only had +.05 average difference of points given up and scored. that was the worst of any team in the playoffs. they also were like .200 when the other team scored 100 or more. that shows they cant keep up in high scoring games. their FG percentage was worse than the pistons too.
PPG is a clear indicator of offensive production and the Bulls didn't do it against bad teams (see the series against the World Champion Heat. Also look at the game log for the 2005-06 season (95 against Spurs, 106 v Spurs, 94 v Mavericks, 97 v Heat, 94 v Mavericks ect)
Just because you don't have a post scorer has no bearing on winning, ask your Pistons teams and the 6 championship Bulls teams.
Also I like your assessment of the point differential which I think is the biggest stat in deterimining a winning team.
A) The Bulls weren't the worst playoff team
B) Their differential will change with a better defense, up at least 2 ppg. That would bring them to 2.63ppg, which would rank 5-6th in the league, which I think is a good assessment of their overall standing.
I don't think they are a championship team quite yet, but they will be top 4 in the East, and they will be a good playoff team.