The Bulls are an absolute mess this season. Just recently they lost to the Orlando Magic and gave up 62 points in the first half.
#Bulls start the 4th down, 90-62.
LaVine: 16pts / 3reb / 3ast
Dunn: 14pts / 3reb / 4ast
Markkanen: 12pts / 6reb / 2stl pic.twitter.com/QATpdd6EKG
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 3, 2019
What is even more disturbing is that Jim Boylen was brought in by management to improve the Bulls defensive efficiency, but that doesn’t seem to have helped much.
Magic are the NBA's 26th-ranked offense and have 60 first-half points.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 3, 2019
It has not been a pretty sight for this team. Fans are looking for any signs of hope and success with the young core, but now it’s impossible, especially since they are not getting top minutes. A great statistic brought up by the Bulls Nation twitter page said, that Justin Holiday is currently 14th in the NBA in minutes per game and it makes no sense.
Justin Holiday is 14th in the NBA in minutes per game. Notable players he is ahead of:
how in the world can ANYONE justify this? #BullsNation
— Bulls Nation (@BullNationCHI) January 3, 2019
What is the reason behind this? I have absolutely no idea. My opinion or thought is that the front office tandem of John Paxton and Gar Forman are calling the shots. They probably told Boylen to give Holiday the minutes to try and increase his trade value. I could be wrong, but that is my gut feeling. According to K.C Johnson the Bulls are trying to include either Robin Lopez or Justin Holiday in a deal for Jabari Parker, which is probably why the Bulls are giving so many valuable minutes to Holiday.
Robin Lopez, Jabari Parker, and Justin Holiday can all be unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2019.
The Bulls are in a rebuilding situation, but the necessary development of the young core guys is not getting the necessary attention that it needs. The Bulls need to develop their young core, to advance the rebuild, but with Jim Boylen not giving them the necessary minutes on the floor, then nothing is getting better. When you give guys like Holiday and Lopez a majority of the minutes, it makes fans start to wonder what direction the rebuild is heading in. Boylen said when asked about why Wendell Carter was benched, that you can also learn by sitting.
"Sometimes you learn by sitting too."
Jim Boylen talks about Wendell Carter Jr. playing only 13 minutes tonight pic.twitter.com/yiMCx4hgJc
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) January 3, 2019
Only time will tell if sitting is a great option for developing their young talent.