Denzel Valentine - Denzel Valentine is a bench shooter, and an occasional spot starter. His ankle injury looks like he is going to miss a portion of October. The Bulls are not heading anywhere fast and Valentine’s offense is going to lead more time to Justin Holiday and Antonio Blakeney. They might get weird and use Bobby Portis at the three given they have a lot of depth at the forward and center positions. Valentine’s injury isn’t considered serious, and should be back soon.
Lauri Markkanen - The Lauri Markkanen injury is going to be a bit worse for the Bulls this season. He is dealing with a sprained elbow, and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. The injury happened late in September, so November is out of the question it seems. Markkanen should return at some point in
December, but Chicago will likely manage his minutes when he returns. I would look for more of Portis as well as newly signed Jabari Parker to patrol most of the minutes. Markkanen is a young forward, and Chicago is going to not rush him back. He will still have a spot when he gets back, so there is no major concern here.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
The Bulls historic franchise has had some bigger injuries in their time, and you have to think Derrick Rose takes up about half of them. Looking at some more recent Bulls injuries, back in 2010 you have Joakim Noah tear his ligament in his thumb during the middle of the year. This came at a time where Carlos Boozer fractured his finger, and both were out indefinitely. Derrick Rose tore his ACL in his left knee back in 2012, which caused him to miss the rest of that season but also the next. Richard Hamilton was on his way out of the league, but had a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. This left the Bulls helpless for the 2012 season. It wasn’t much after Rose got back from his left knee being torn, but he tor his meniscus in his right knee. Back in 2005, Luol Deng suffered a torn ligament in his right wrist. Michael Jordan back in 1985 broke his foot, but other than that Jordan had a pretty clean career with injuries.
Scottie Pippen had a career of more nagging injuries, like his back injury and where he had a sprained toe and missed a few months. Jimmy Butler was durable in Chicago, but later on and a knee issue in Minnesota. Chicago had a habit under Coach Thibadeu to play their starters heavy minutes, and you really saw their durability go down. As far as more funnier injuries, the Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic fight in 2017 led to a Mirotic trade, but also him missing time due to a broken jaw. The NBA has had some history with internal locker room problems that led to some awkward injury reports for us fans to view.