With the season nearing its end, Chicago should have their eyes set on the 2019 NBA Draft. As of lately the Bulls have been playing extremely well basketball. Led by Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen,and Otto Porter.
Although their recent stretch has brought hope and excitement for the future, it’s also compromising a top three pick in a year where the lottery has given top three picks an equal chance at number one.
The top three worst teams have a 14 percent chance of landing the first overall pick. Securing that 14 percent chance is crucial. And the the fourth worst team has a 12.5 percent chance.
This is okay though.
Other teams at the bottom of the conference have been playing winning basketball too. Not sure if it’s because playoff teams are exhausted or if these lottery teams are realizing they have nothing else to lose.
Nonetheless, Chicago has the fourth worst record followed by Cleveland then Phoenix and lastly, New York.
With a 19-50 record this team is 1.5 games ahead of Cleveland. If they start losing and the Cavaliers somehow keep winning, then we might be in good hands.
With the return of Kevin Love and Collin Sexton’s recent stretch of solid basketball, having the Cavaliers pass the Bulls isn’t considered outrageous.
Especially with LaVine’s recent injury which might have him sidelined the remainder of the season…PLEASE!
Zach LaVine had a recent MRI confirming a patellar tendon strain which has listed him as day-to-day. With the season closing and the incredible run LaVine and the Bulls went on, I personally would love to see him shutdown for the remainder of the season and not risk any injuries just for a few more games.
It’s clear that the Bulls have a core moving forward and the wise move would be sitting LaVine regardless of what he wants.
He’s proven all he needs to this season.
After tearing his ACL and being traded, @ZachLaVine turns 24 as one of the game’s most underrated young stars.
– 23.8 PPG
– Top-10 in clutch scoring
– T-3rd in points since the ASG
– Averaging career-high PTS, AST, REB pic.twitter.com/tNbCCiPpXH
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) March 10, 2019
LaVine sat out against the Lakers which resulted in a loss and brought the Bulls closer to that desirable top three pick.
Landing a top three pick would mean a chance at drafting either Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, or Ja Morant.
If Chicago is able to obtain one of these players then they would undoubtedly have one of the best young teams in the NBA next season. Their appeal to free agents would also grow and could make this a quick rebuild.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Losing basketball needs to happen first. I’m not so worried about the Bulls losing, more so the Suns, Cavaliers, and Knicks winning (I give up on that one).
For these final games I would like to see Kris Dunn prove that he deserves to play with this team and for Lauri Markkanen to continue his stellar play along with Otto leading this young roster.
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