Bulls at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:47 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Eddy Curry
C is for center. And Curry. And contract year. Say what you want about Eddy, but his numbers just keep rising.

They've averaged fewer than 20 wins the past six years. They won't win many more than that this season.

Bright side? Second-year PG Kirk Hinrich led all rookies in double-doubles, and first-round picks Ben Gordon and Luol Deng appear legit.

Dark side? Young bust (Tyson Chandler), washed-up vets (Antonio Davis, Othella Harrington).

Playoffs? So 20th century.

Roster analysis
The starters: Too young to win, too old to cry.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Tyson Chandler 6.1 ppg in 35 games. Anyone still waiting for a breakout? 4
SF Luol Deng Will have great rookie year. Will have to adjust to losing 6
C Eddy Curry Some improvement (14.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg). Not enough 6
SG Andres Nocioni Rookie surprise is the reason Ben Gordon is on the bench 6
PG Kirk Hinrich Great rookie year. This season we find out if he's for real 7
BENCH Chris Duhon, Gordon, Frank Williams and Eric Piatkowski have to play well. Antonio Davis and Othella Harrington have to play. Hopefully, not a lot. 5
*-out of 10