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Sep 21, 2018
How the Bulls compare to last year’s East surprise team, the Pacers

How the Bulls compare to last year’s East surprise team, the Pacers

Bobby Portis thinks his team can have a similar season Before the start of last season, ESPN insider Kevin Pelton predicted that the Indiana Pacers would finish the season with 32 wins and an 11th-place finish in the Eastern Conference. Instead, the Pacers finished with 48 wins and took the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in round one of the playoffs. There’s at least one person who thinks a similar storyline could unfold for the Chicago Bulls next season. “There’s always a surprise team, I feel like last year the Pacers were the surprise team in the East, y’know?,” Chicago...
Sep 21, 2018
For the Jimmy Butler trade to look much better for the Bulls, they still need to win

For the Jimmy Butler trade to look much better for the Bulls, they still need to win

I’m not celebrating yet I understood why the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler at the draft last year. I hated the events leading up to it and didn’t like the return in the deal, but I begrudgingly understood why it happened. Now that Butler has demanded a trade from the Timberwolves after only one season, there’s a natural inclination to look back at the deal and redetermine the Bulls grade. Sure, the Wolves ended their 14-year playoff drought with Butler leading the way, but it’s looking they traded a handful of assets for a first-round exit and plenty of drama. Minnesota will recoup...
Sep 21, 2018
Introducing the Chicago Bulls training camp roster

Introducing the Chicago Bulls training camp roster

the 2018-19 journey starts Monday Media day is on Monday, so we should probably figure out who the heck is on the 2018-2019 iteration of the Chicago Bulls training-camp roster. After over five grueling months of no Bulls basketball, the wait is at T-10 days before their preseason debut on September 30th. Without further ado, here is your 2018-2019 Chicago Bulls training-camp roster: Guys we know: Lauri Markkanen; center; 7-0; Finland Who else saw Markkanen’s brilliant troll of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Twitter this week? Zach LaVine; shooting guard; 6-foot-5-inches; UCLA: LaVine has...
Sep 14, 2018
All the best bits from the Bulls preview podcast episode of Dunc’d On

All the best bits from the Bulls preview podcast episode of Dunc’d On

The Athletic’s Stephen Noh joined Nate Duncan to preview the 2018-19 season Friend of the program Stephen Noh of The Athletic joined Nate Duncan’s Dunc’d On podcast last weekend to preview the Bulls’ 2018-19 season. The pair discussed key players, rotation questions, strengths, weakness and predictions. Plus, they got in a few Blog a Bull shoutouts, so that was nice. While there was some optimism sprinkled throughout, the ultimate conclusion was the Bulls are going to be bad again this season. Noh thinks the Bulls will hit 30 wins, while Duncan has them winning the same amount as...
Sep 13, 2018
Bulls have very poor showing in SI’s top-100 NBA players list

Bulls have very poor showing in SI’s top-100 NBA players list

Markkanen the lone Bull, LaVine and Parker mentioned snubs Player ranking fun began this week with Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney releasing their rankings of the top 100 NBA players of the 2018-2019 season. As you probably could have guessed, the Chicago Bulls weren’t well represented. Lauri Markkanen was the top-ranked (and only) player on the list at number 84, third among his draft class behind Jayson Tatum (No. 39), and Donovan Mitchell (No. 34). The 21-year-old Finnish forward endured months of losing and tanking with the Bulls, he struggled to adjust to his...
Sep 11, 2018
The Bulls have dropped in ESPN’s ‘Future’ Power Rankings

The Bulls have dropped in ESPN’s ‘Future’ Power Rankings

number 24, from No. 20 in March The Bulls have an intriguing young core that looks more promising than the end of last season, but that didn’t stop them from dropping from No. 20 to No. 24 in ESPN’s Future Power Rankings done by Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks. While still better than the dead-last position the Bulls found themselves in at the start of the 2017-18 season, it’s obviously not great. The only teams below the Bulls are the Magic, Grizzlies, Cavaliers, Hawks, Kings and Hornets. This exercise ranks all 30 teams based on five categories (players, management, money, market,...
Sep 11, 2018
How Kris Dunn became the most important player for this Bulls season to be a success

How Kris Dunn became the most important player for this Bulls season to be a success

the Bulls are resting a lot on the 24 year old It’s hard to win games in modern basketball without 48 minutes of quality point guard play. It should be obvious, especially for a team like the Chicago Bulls, whose best days this century were only possible because of a superstar at that position. Somehow, such a thought has seemingly become obscure. After losing the real Derrick Rose forever in 2012, a revolving door at point guard has followed. Kirk Hinrich was meant to be a temporary stand-in, the Thibs-dust sprinkling on D.J. Augustin and Aaron Brooks were short-term fixtures as well....
Sep 10, 2018
David Nwaba is officially gone, and it really wasn’t about the money

David Nwaba is officially gone, and it really wasn’t about the money

signs with Cleveland Cavaliers for $1.5 million Over the weekend there was news made official that was rumored weeks ago: now-former Chicago Bulls shooting guard David Nwaba signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was merely a one year contract, valued at $1.5 million. On July 12, the Bulls rescinded the $1.7 million qualifying offer, making Nwaba an unrestricted free agent. They pretty much immediately used that extra bit of cap space to give more 1st-year money to Jabari Parker. So clearly it wasn’t cap constraints limiting their ability to retain Nwaba. And in the wake of Nwaba’s...
Sep 6, 2018
Where the Bulls fall on the fun/bad scale

Where the Bulls fall on the fun/bad scale

I think they could be fun The 2018-2019 iteration of the Chicago Bulls are potentially must-watch television. They may be bad, but if you are into streaky, your-turn my-turn offense and little to no defense, maybe that’s fun enough? Perhaps that’s an oversimplification of what the Bulls will likely look like next season. Maybe the offense hums to the tune of Hoiball and Zach LaVine’s and Jabari Parker’s athleticism finally conveys to the defensive side of the floor. But Yahoo! Sports writer Dan Devine took a stab at power ranking the teams that will likely be bad next season based...