First of all, before we get started Chicago Bulls nation... let's do this the right way.
Now that we set the mood let's jump right into it. Chicago Bulls faithful have patiently been waiting throughout the rebuild process, and some might say it's taking a bit longer than expected. But with the pieces in place, it seems as if the Bulls are finally on the right path. This organization looks destined to start taking steps forward towards building a promising team for the future. Allow us to explain why.
THE COBY WHITE EXPERIENCE
- The Bulls finally have a new shiny weapon in the backcourt with this year's 7th overall selection in Coby White. The former Tar Heel is a Ferrari in the open floor and should pair perfectly with running mate Zach Lavine. White opened plenty of eyes with his scoring outburst in his Freshman year at North Carolina and he should blossom with the NBA uptempo nature. Heading into this years NBA Draft, we had White ranked 7th on our draft board. White projects to become a pick and roll dream with the likes of Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter. Coby's biggest knock coming out of North Carolina was his ability to shoot off of the bounce, but he showed promising development with his performance in Las Vegas during Summer League.
THE LAURI STATEMENT YEAR
- Yes, you will find us aboard the Lauri Markkanen hype train. Markkanen missed the beginning part of last season while recovering from a previous injury, but didn't disappoint when he returned to action. In his 3rd season, Markkanen is destined for a breakout year and has All-Star potential written all over him. Adding a dynamic ball-handler like White should only help Markkanen's game continue to blossom.
DON'T SLEEP ON WENDELL
- Buy your stock for the Wendell Carter Jr sophomore breakout campaign while you still can. I'm personally very high on Wendell for his second season and the early reports out of Chicago that the Bulls want him to be more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball will only fuel the fire. Carter Jr had the rookie year that I expected and I believe his game will start to click as the game slows down. Wendell put up promising stats for a rookie big in his first year, averaging 10.3 PTS, 7.0 REB, and 1.3 BLK in 44 games. With a full offseason of preparation, expect WCJ to hit the ground running in his sophomore year.
THE ZACH LAVINE TOUR
- Zach LaVine fan club faithful unite. LaVine continues to be overlooked for some reason with his more than impressive production last year. Fresh off of a contract extension, LaVine saw a massive jump in his points per game and has turned himself into an elite scoring threat for this Chicago Bulls team moving forward. Insert Coby White alongside, and the Bulls now find themselves with a young exciting backcourt to keep an eye on this year. After previously averaging 16.7 PPG in 2017-18, LaVine finished last year with an eye-opening 23.7 PPG.
- There's a number of pieces that the Bulls have added to the puzzle that I am intrigued by. Pay close attention to Tomáš Satoransky, who Chicago added via Free Agency this offseason. Satoransky is a big combo guard that can fill up the box scores in a hurry and had an impressive showing during the FIBA World Cup. Otto Porter Jr looked to be a great addition for the Bulls in their deadline trade with the Washington Wizards last year, and second-round selection Daniel Gafford will quickly become a fan favorite with his combination of extreme athleticism and shot-blocking potential. Gafford was fantastic in Summer League play and looks to be a potential steal for Chicago.
|Tomáš Satoransky||Zach LaVine||Otto Porter Jr||Lauri Markkanen||Wendell Carter Jr|
|Coby White||Denzel Valentine||Chandler Hutchinson||Thaddeus Young||Daniel Gafford|
|Kris Dunn||Antonio Blakeney||Luke Kornet||Cristiano Felicio|
It'll be an interesting year for this Chicago Bulls team. This team looks to be slowly adding the right pieces to finally get this organization back on the right path, and year two of the Jim Boylen experience should be interesting, to say the least. A darkhorse name to remember is Chandler Hutchinson, who should have every opportunity possible to become a solid piece off of the bench for this Bulls team. If Coby White clicks quicker than expected, and the bigs continue to take steps forward in their development, this Chicago team could be a fun one to watch.