The Chicago Bulls have a fairly interesting mix of both veteran and young players. Zack Lavine led the team in scoring but he’s by no means a future star for Chicago. Lauri Markkanen was great in only 52 games of work though he remains a defensive liabilities at times. Otto Porter will look to get a grip on the lineup after coming over in a midseason trade from the Washington Wizards. Tomas Satoransky will hold down the point guard position to start the year after he was also dealt from the Wizards for a pair of second round draft picks. Lastly, Wendell Carter Jr. will look to build on a strong rookie campaign.
|Point Guard PG|
|Shooting Guard SG|
|Small Forward SF|
|Power Forward PF|
|Point Guard PG||
|Shooting Guard SG||
|Small Forward SF|
|Power Forward PF||
At the top of the point guard position sits Tomas Satoransky though Coby White and Kris Dunn don’t sit too far behind. First, Satoransky was added on a sign-and-trade with Washington, giving Chicago an experienced guard with a solid track record. In three years in the league, he served mainly as a reserve and the likely third or fourth scoring option on the floor. However, he saw starting action last season with John Wall out and the Wizards in need of a floor general. While he likely won’t finish the year as a starter, Satoransky is the most established point guard that seemingly gave him the starting spot.
Kris Dunn is another great option at point and actually started over half the games last year for the Bulls. While he did lead the team in assists with 6 per game, he shot an abysmal 42.5% from the field which ranked 15th among all players who suited up for Chicago. Rookie guard Coby White rounds out the unit and will likely ascend to the starter position by year’s end. He’s a great scoring guard who also has passing and defensive abilities. If he catches fire on the offensive end, he will quickly ascend up the depth chart and has the makings of a future star.
The shooting guard and center positions all but belong to Zack LaVine and Wendell Carter Jr. to begin and likely end the year. Neither has much competition on the current roster and appear to be locks to remain at their respective starting spots unless a trade occurs. LaVine was Chicago’s go-to guy last year and ultimately became their top scorer. While he won’t be a consideration for the first option on any other team, the struggling Bulls team will once again lean on the five year veteran. Wendell Carter Jr. enjoyed a successful rookie year and will look to build in his sophomore season. The fouls were high at 3.5 per game but otherwise, the average of 10.3 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks are all promising.
Lauri Markkanen will have first crack at the power forward position after improving from his sophomore year. Even though he’s not the most ersitle defender, his scoring numbers can make up for it and his youth is promising for a Bulls team that is hoping he becomes their next star. Thaddeus Young wraps up a stint with the Indiana Pacers and will look for starter level minutes after being one for most of his career. He’s a more all around player that can do a bit of everything and will be the 6th man if he doesn’t start.
Denzel Valentine will have a shot at the starting small forward position after starting 37 games last year but he might still be recovering from his injuries. However, they didn’t bring in Otto Porter for no reason and thus, Otto Porter will likely draw the starting job. He was great in a short 15 game stint and was very effective in the scoring department. Expect Porter to be the starter though Valentine will provide valuable minutes whenever he’s off the court.