Feeling Bullish

Feeling Bullish

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Feeling Bullish

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For the first time since Michael Jordan haunted opposing teams in the United Center for two decades, the Bulls find themselves with a perfect start to the young NBA season. After acquiring some big name free agents in Lonzo Ball, and Los Angeles native DeMar DeRozan, the Bulls have completely revamped their squad. Not only does the addition of superstar big man Nikola Vučevic via trade last season and their new pieces bode well for the franchise going forward, but also they have seemingly found a new intricate way to win the games they would let slip away last year. 

Although the Milwakuee deserve respect as reigning champion and as the presumptive favorite to make it out the east, the Chicago Bulls have plenty of depth at each position as they look to continue to build on that chemistry. Another variable to consider when evaluating this team is the production early they have gotten from the pieces they opened up the cheque book to acquire this past summer. Zach LaVine continues a tremendous run he has been on the last couple years as he is currently averaging 25 a game, five rebounds and four assists on 50/44/95 percent splits which is absurd. LaVine has transitioned quite well with options that he can defer to, this was not the case prior to the arrival of his new teammates. 

Ball is contributing 14 a game, five rebounds on 46/43/100 that last stat is highly unlikely to continue during the 82 game season but it is great signs for the Chicago front office and fans in a player who faced plenty of obstacles when fixing the mechanics of his jumper. But Ball’s work ethic is proven, as he always carries himself like a veteran as he embarks on his fourth year as a professional. 

Lastly DeRozan is having another quietly productive year; he is averaging 22 five rebounds, four assists on 42/38/83. As mentioned earlier, these Bulls, coupled with the likes of Coby White, Lauri Markkanen, Patrick Williams, and local kid Ayo Dosunmu, and led by Billy Donovan can reach plateaus never thought imaginable since Michael Jordan was running the league.

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