So what teams in the Eastern Conference did the most to improve for the 2015-16 season? The availability of cap space and the status of retaining one's own free agents factors into what teams are able to do. The countdown starts with teams that did the least to enhance its roster -- and depending on the team that could be a good thing.
No. 14 Bulls
Last season's record: 50-32: Finish: 3rd in East. Eliminated in second round of playoffs.
Key addition: PF Bobby Portis, taken No. 22 overall in the 2015 draft.
The skinny: They took care of their No. 1 priority, extending SG-SF Jimmy Butler to a five-year deal worth almost $100 million. But with their salary-cap situation, that's the extent of what the Bulls could do outside of retaining their free agents PG Aaron Brooks and SF Mike Dunleavy. They'll be in better position to do more in the summer of 2016. A luxury tax team three years ago, the Bulls will not be a tax team again.
Projected finish: Like the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were profiled here as doing the least to remake their roster on Monday, this is basically the same team. The Bulls will be a solid team with the likes of C Joakim Noah, PF-C Pau Gasol, PG Derrick Rose and Butler as the core of the offense but they're playing under a first-year NBA coach in Fred Hoiberg. They're expected to be better offensively but health-wise remains a concern. Rose's knees will always be an issue and Gasol, 35, tends to slow in the second half of the season for several years now. If they can maintain a top-four seed, that would be a success. But the guess here is they'll slip to No. 5 barring a breakout rookie campaign from Portis or second-year SF Doug McDermott.