Chicago Bulls 2021/22 Season Preview – The Ultimate NBA 2K Team?
Bad Men, Bad Takes – Season 1, Episode 7
A top-heavy team with Playoff aspirations coming into this season, the Chicago Bulls appear to have gone all-in to acquire talent to put around Zach LaVine.
The problem? The pieces are a….weird….fit. Like, really weird.
That’s the verdict from the BMBT team anyway.
The group are split on the potential of the Bulls coming into the 2021/2022 season as the talent level on the roster has drastically improved from the start of the 2020/21 season, but there appears to be issues with the fit.
While three players on the roster averaged better than 20ppg last season (LaVine, DeRozan, Vucevic), there is no consensus amongst the team as to what the hierarchy will be on the offensive end.
The team are split as to whether the Bulls second scoring option will be DeRozan or Vucevic coming into the season. (Credit: Andrew Seligman | The Associated Press)
“One of these guys will have to sacrifice their scoring, and I think it’ll be Vucevic”, argued Ben. “Lavine is such a good scorer with great splits, I don’t think you can afford not to put the ball in his hands, and with the way the game is, DeRozan looms as the second option due to his ability to handle the ball and distribute in addition to score”.
Rob argued Vucevic, however, should be the second option on this team, despite Ben believing he won’t be relied on as heavily as he was during his time in Orlando to provide a scoring punch.
“Successful teams need an inside-outside threat”, Rob said. “They have LaVine on the outside and having Vucevic on the inside gives them an ability to remain unpredictable to opposition defenders – it won’t just be jacking up threes all day, every day. There will be dribble drives from LaVine and DeRozan, and Vucevic will be spreading the floor to accommodate that – it should result in open shots for him”.
All of the boys remain concerned about the team on the defensive end however, with the off-season additions doing little to alleviate concerns on that end of the floor.
“Lonzo is a good off-ball defender, but on-ball, he’s still going to get cooked from time to time”, Hunter claims. “This team defensively is a sieve”.
Point Guard Lonzo Ball orchestrating the offense in New Orleans, but what impact will he have defensively on a new-look Bulls squad? (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
“They are the ultimate NBA 2k team” according to Ben. “All offense and fun as hell to watch and play with, but is there much substance there?”
The pod remained split on the success the team will have this season, with predictions ranging from a 5th seed in the East, all the way down to missing the Play-In slots due to a mis-match of personnel, as well as defensive deficiencies across the roster.
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