The Chicago Bulls lost another key starter Tuesday afternoon. Starting point guard, Kris Dunn is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.
This is coming off a night where Dunn played 30 minutes in his first game back in a 115-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. You can read all about that game right here on The Loop Sports.
The Bulls are already without star forward Lauri Markkanen who suffered a high-grade lateral elbow strain in the beginning of the season. The timetable for his return on September 27 was 6-8 weeks.
For the fans that thought the Bulls would fight for the 8th seed to advance to the playoffs, this hurts to see. With a shaky start already to this young season, don’t expect much out of this Bulls roster. Kris Dunn was a leader and his leadership will definitely be missed.
What does this mean for the Bulls?
For Bulls fans, we can look at it that we are in prime position to tank again. With Cameron Payne running the point and second-year player out of Villanova, Ryan Arcidiacono, coming off the bench, the point guard position is rather thin.
Tanking for one more year isn’t all that bad of an option, though. Highly touted players such as R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson both out of Duke are names that people talk about in the pick 1-3 range.
These are once in a generation talent that can help spark the Bulls to the next level. Everybody knows the hype around Zion as he can jump out of the gym. But what you might not know is that R.J. is actually the most talented on that loaded Duke roster.
Replacement options are slim if you aren’t a fan of Payne or Arcidiacono.
Tyler Ulis is an option for the Bulls to give a shot for some minutes. Ulis who was cut by the Warriors and signed last week as a two way player by the Bulls is a talented player out of Marian Catholic Highschool located right here in Chicago.
Ulis who starred at Kentucky was originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2016 where he started 58 out of 132 games he appeared in. Ulis is familiar with the starting role. He averages 7.5 points per game as well as 4 assists per game. Look for Tyler to eventually take over major minutes in the Bulls line up these upcoming weeks.
The Bulls were without Kris Dunn the first two games of the year in which the point guard presence was obviously lacking. With Dunn on the court, the Bulls are simply a better team. His defense and decision making will certainly be missed.
Moving forward we can expect the MVP of our Bulls squad, Zach LaVine, to continue to take the next step in his career. Look for LaVine to handle the ball more often and run the point.
For Bulls fans, the future is still bright, but we must hang on tight as we might have another long season on the way.
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