I never really write articles like this. As I was scrolling through my twitter feed this morning, I saw this picture.
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ESPN projects the Bulls to win 28 games? Really? The Bulls only won 27 games last year and they did it with injuries all around. Zach Lavine only played in 24 games last year. Kris Dunn only played in 52 and only started 43 of them. Lauri Markkanen missed time last year with his back spasm issues and the Bulls benched Justin Holiday and Robin Lopez to play the younger players after the All-Star break.
This is just blatant disrespect by ESPN here. The Bulls finally went out and stuck to a plan, to get younger and more athletic. That’s exactly what they did. Not to mention the Bulls added players that fit Head Coach Fred Hoibergs fast-paced offense.
The starting lineup is young, athletic, and impressive.
Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr.
Kris Dunn is a point guard who can control the offense, score, and get his teammates involved. Not to mention this kid is a dog when it comes to defending.
Zach Lavine coming back off injury and 24 games last season is poised for a breakout year. Zach can score at will and showed some flashes of getting his teammates involved. Bulls fans just need Zach to show more initiative on defense.
Jabari Parker is another question mark in this offense. Jabari definitely fits into Fred’s offense, but can he stay healthy all year long? Coming off of two torn ACL’s is no joke. With that being said this kid if healthy scores the ball like a young Melo and that’s scary for any opposing team to deal with.
Lauri Markkanen is poised to take another huge jump. Lauri was on the All-Rookie first team. A stretch four who can also play inside and rebound. Enough said.
Wendell Carter Jr. was the 7th pick in this year’s draft. Wendell is a great defender in the paint and can stretch the floor on offense.
I know it’s a young team, I understand this. 28 wins is downright disrespectful. This team is hungry to prove that they will be real competitors. The East is downright wide open. The two teams at the top are Boston and Philadelphia, which those teams are beatable.
Barring injury this team can easily win 38-42 games this year. The hate from mainstream media for Chicago is getting really old. Give credit where credit is due, this team got better, whether the guys at ESPN want to admit it or not.
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