For the first time since Tom Thibodeau's hoarse voice and Derrick Rose's balky knees left the Windy City, the Chicago Bulls have something to look forward to. A roster transformation has left Chicago with a nice collection of young talent ready to usher them into a successful future.
The Chicago Bulls should have a starting lineup of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. in 2018-2019.
2 seasons ago the Bulls starting lineup was..— Mike Korzemba (@mikekorz) July 14, 2018
Now they have a core of
Wendell Carter Jr
MAJOR Props to the Front Office. The future is looking Bright in Chicago, couldn’t be happier
Dunn has clear flaws, but he took a major leap from Year 1 to Year 2 as he escaped the wrath of Thibodeau and played in the more free-flowing Chicago offense. He may never be the most efficient point guard in the world, but if he can provide 15 points, 5 assists and a steals or two per game, that's all Chicago needs.
LaVine is who Chicago is counting on to be their go-to offensive piece. He flashed breakout potential when he shot 38 percent from 3 with nearly 19 points per game in Minnesota. If he can regain that form and team up with Dunn as a transition threat, he will lead Chicago offensively.
Parker is the other talented wing acquisition Chicago is counting on to regain his elite form following an ACL surgery. Prior to tearing his ACL for the second time, Parker was averaging 20 points a game and showed a newfound three-point stroke. We have no clue if he'll ever return to his pre-injury form, but Parker has a place in this league as a bona fide scorer.
Jabari Parker's back to his hometown and this upcoming season is going to be a fun one.— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 15, 2018
PG - Kris Dunn
SG - Zach LaVine
SF - Jabari Parker
PF - Lauri Markkanen
C - Wendell Carter Jr.
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Markkanen proved wrong nearly every NBA critic who thought he'd be a complete bust as he comfortably earned his spot on the All-Rookie First Team. He hit 100 threes faster than any player in NBA history and pulled in 7.5 rebounds per game. He'll be a matchup nightmare as he continues rounding out his game.
Carter Jr. has been compared to Al Horford and for good reason. Carter Jr. has shown an ability to do all the little things at a high level and will do whatever the team asks of him. He's the perfect glue guy to facilitate for this lineup as Dunn is a score-first point guard.
It may take a few years for the kids to figure it all out, but this unit in Chicago is one that will make noise for years to come in the Eastern Conference.