In: Coby White, Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky, Luke Kornet, Daniel Gafford
Out: Robin Lopez, JaKarr Sampson, David Nwaba, Antonio Blakeney, Wayne Selden, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
For the past few seasons, it’s been a rebuilding process for the Chicago Bulls, but they might have something going. The Bulls have a promising big-three of Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., and Lauri Markannen with the young talents of Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White. The starting lineup is set, at least for the future.
The bench for the Bulls has been an issue, but they addressed the problem with the signings of Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky. Young averaged 12.6 PTS, 6.5 REB, 2.5 AST, 1.5 STL, and 52.7 FG-percent with the Indiana Pacers. Satoransky averaged 8.9 PTS, 3.5 REB, 5 AST, 48.5 FG-percent, and 39.5 3PT-percent with the Washington Wizards.
Last year the Bulls finished with the fourth worst record at 22-60. In the lottery draft, the Bulls were projected the fourth overall pick but ended up with the seventh, which didn’t hurt as they got the guy they wanted in Coby White. I was a big fan of White at UNC, as he showed great leadership, can score at will and his speed is lethal. In White’s lone year as a Tar Heel, he averaged 16.1 PTS, 4.1 AST, 3.5 REB, and 1.1 STL. The issue for White is his shooting consistency as he 42.3 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three. Kris Dunn or Satoransky might start at point guard at the beginning of the season, but White has the potential to take the job.
The Bulls also extended their head coach Tim Boylen to a multiyear deal. Some fans weren’t happy with the move, and rightfully so, as the Bulls averaged 104.8 PPG and gave up 113.4 PPG. After a disastrous start to Boylen’s head coaching career, he gets a new season to get something going for the Bulls.
There is some optimism in the Bulls for the new season. A starting lineup that could consist of White-LaVine-Porter Jr.-Markannen-Carter Jr. could put up a lot of points. A bench with Dunn-Satoransky-Denzel Valentine-Young-Chandler Hutchinson-Ryan Arcidiacono could be solid. It’s going to be a roller-coaster season but the shot at a low playoff seed seems like a realistic possibility for the Bulls.