This year has by far been the worst to watch as a Bulls fan. It’s only year two of the rebuild and to expect winning this early is far-fetched. But man, this season has been a disaster. To sum it all up in a sentence, I’d like to call this season an injury plagued, poorly managed attempt to accelerate a rebuild with unjustifiable methods of development.
Sounds about right.
To start off, the injuries have once again annihilated the Bulls. Seems to be a trend ever since Derrick Rose‘s fall from grace. Most recently, there was the news of Wendell Carter‘s sprained thumb which will sideline him for 8-12 weeks. His rookie season is likely done. This means that the core of Dunn, LaVine, Markkanen, and Carter only managed to play 12 games together.
Then you have Kris Dunn‘s inconsistencies. Sometimes Dunn looks like a potential All-Star like he did against Indiana when he when he scored 16 points and a sensational 17 assists.
Then there are outings like the game against the Warriors where he provided the Bulls with an outstanding six points, five assists, and five personal fouls.
He needs to get it together soon because I guarantee the Bulls are beginning to look at options (R.J. Barrett alert).
Zach LaVine still manages to put up his numbers, but it has become obvious now that when the games are going south, he just demands the ball just to try to get his numbers. His scoring is still efficient, but comes during “garbage time” when the other team doesn’t really care anymore.
The most concerning and frustrating thing to me this season has been Lauri Markkanen’s lack of touches and how he’s too selfless. Lauri, you were on the All-Rookie First Team for a reason, you’re a skilled big with a unique shooting stroke.
Demand the ball and start getting some buckets!
Jim Boylen has constantly refused to get Markkanen involved in the offense and to develop schemes to get this young players comfortable. His offensive sets are terrible and are stunting the growth of players that I believe are so much more talented than how they are being perceived right now.
I will give him credit for his passion and commitment to defense, it’s just that he simply hasn’t gotten the core of the Bulls to develop the way they should.
By the way, that recently improved Bulls defense was put to the test against the western conference elites.
It received an F.
Prior to the trip, they were already on a losing streak which ultimately featured ten straight losses and a defensive rating of 119.8. Their losing streak that was just recently ended due to a win against the Cavaliers (battle for Zion game).
The Bulls rating surprisingly wasn’t the worst during that stretch, with the Cavs rating at 125.8. It feels good to have a team with more problems than the Bulls for once.
With the way things are looking, I do not foresee any big time free agents wanting to take their talents to Chicago. The Bulls best bet is to get one of those tier two free agents.
D’Angelo Russell has had a fantastic season for the Brooklyn Nets. He averages 17.8 points per game, and 5.5 assists. He’s a restricted free agent, but if I were the Bulls this is the player who is number one on my board, especially due to Dunn’s inability to play consistently.
If one good thing can come out of this dreadful season, it would be landing a top two pick and selecting either Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett.
Let’s see what the rest of the season and off-season has in store for Chicago.
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