The Chicago Bulls are currently 20-41 and have the 8th worst record in the NBA. If the season were to end today, that would mean the Bulls would have a 2.8% chance of winning the #1 overall pick. Obviously, getting number one is the best case scenario but the real goal should be to land in the top 5. The top prospects: DeAndre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Michael Porter Jr., Marvin Bagley, and Luka Doncic all look like they are going to be All-Stars in the future (or at least be in the discussion). I wouldn’t mind having any of those 5 on the Bulls next year.
The question is: Can the Bulls finish in the bottom 5?
I figured with 21 games remaining it’d be a great time to play 21 questions. These will consist of THE most important questions to ask about the Bulls for the remainder of the year and the foreseeable future.
Things like “Should Lauri Markkanen get a haircut?”, “Do the Bulls have the best ‘City’ jerseys in the league?” (in one word: yes), and “Will we get the pleasure of hearing Stacey King say ‘ASIK AND DESTROY’ on live television once again?” may or may not be included.
So let’s get to it. I’m going to do my best to answer each question with 1-4 sentences max and/or videos/pictures.
Here’s Part 1:
#1: Are the Bulls bad enough to finish in the bottom 5?
Lauri, LaVine, Dunn, Valentine, Nwaba, Portis. These 6 are probably better than the top 6 of the 7 teams worse than the Bulls. So, no probably not bad enough talent-wise, but its the NBA and anything can happen. Plus, those teams don’t have General Cam Payne and his troops leading the tank.
#2: Will we get the pleasure of hearing Stacey King say ‘ASIK AND DESTROY’ on live television once again?
#3: Of the top 5 prospects, who would be the best fit for the Bulls? (Assuming we don’t pick #1 because then it would either be Doncic or Ayton)
Here’s my ranking:
3.) Jackson, Jr.
1.) Porter, Jr. (apparently the Bulls have their eye on Porter too.)
And Porter has his eyes on the Bulls.
#4: Do you know who Jarrell Eddie is?
The answer is probably no, but he just signed a 10-day contract with the Bulls so fans will get to see him play over the next couple of games. He’s also a preseason warrior.
#5: How good is Kris Dunn?
In my opinion, potential All-Star. One of the most exciting things this year has been his improvement. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite players. Plus he’s a point guard who blocks shots, and there’s nothing better than seeing a point guard block a shot.
#6: Will Lauri Markkanen try to draw a charge a second too late again?
Jarret Allen dunked Lauri Markkanen into the graveyard and shoveled the dirt onto him too lawd pic.twitter.com/7K0RsKWdLU
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) February 27, 2018
I sure hope not.
#7: Is that dunk better than this dunk?
Not just a shooter! Lauri Markkanen posterizes Enes Kanter!
The rookie also knocked down 8 threes on his way to a career-high 33.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 11, 2018
Lauri dunking on > Lauri being dunked on.
#8: Should the Bulls resign David Nwaba?
David Nwaba is a restricted free agent this year and has defintely turned some heads around the league. He’s still pretty one dimensional, but he brings great energy on the court and usually when Nwaba is playing well, then the Bulls are playing well. He’ll be an intriguing free agent, and I think the Bulls would be foolish to let him go (unless some team massively overpays him which inevitably somehow happens every NBA offseason).
#9: If Cam Payne is the General, then who is second in command?
This is one of those ankle breakers where he fell so bad that it's actually good defense. Like, Kemba Walker couldn't help but be distracted by Cristiano Felicio falling to the ground, so he air-balled. ? pic.twitter.com/2HD6YaHP3D
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 28, 2018
Starting a center with no ankles is a next level tank move by Chicago.
#10: Will we see Antonio Blakeney get some minutes?
Antonio Blakeney twitter is on fire right now. They want to see Blakeney get some minutes and honestly, I do too. He played well in summer league and he’s been lighting it up in the G-League. In fact, he’s the leading scorer in the G-League. He is averaging 32.7 points per game while the next closest player averages 24.1. Get Antonio some minutes.
#11: Do the Bulls have the best ‘City’ jerseys in the league?
In one word: Yes.
Part two tomorrow.
(Photo by NBA.com/Bulls.com)