I know it’s hard to watch sometimes, but keep in mind the Chicago Bulls are losing to try to capture sustained success. I also realize that it is difficult to be patient. Especially, while watching their recent games, which almost makes it seem like it is impossible to catch even a glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel, but I promise you it’s there.
First of all, it should be noted that the Bulls are better than their recent play should suggest. We need to keep in account that Justin Holiday and Robin Lopez aren’t playing as many minutes as they should or none at all. So, if you ever had any doubts about their importance to the Bulls success, the evidence should now be pretty clear to see.
Whether you can see it or not. The Bulls have talent. It’s that plain and simple. They’re just not utilizing it to win right now.
Going forward, the many pieces that need to remain for sustained success are:
- Zach LaVine
- Lauri Markkanen
- Kris Dunn
- Justin Holiday
- Robin Lopez
- David Nwaba
- Bobby Portis
Another piece that you’re going to see breakout next season is Antonio Blakeney. Many people don’t know it yet, but he is going to be a crucial asset in the Bulls rebuild. Just give him time and pay attention to his play in the G League.
Over the season, his play has turned some heads. He is even known to some as the Finnisher, due to his high-flying dunks.
Markannen has some intangibles that are very promising for a rookie. He shoots the three-point shot better than almost any has ever had. He is the quickest player ever to reach 100 three-point shots.
The only aspect of Markkanen’s game that is slowing him down is his strength. He does need to get stronger, but there is no doubt in my mind that he will.
It should also be noted that he is only 20 years old. I’m sure as his career progresses, his strength will as well.
Surprisingly, Vonleh has been making the most of his time on the court. While playing only 15 minutes per game, Vonleh has been averaging 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 points. These aren’t world-beating numbers, but they do help a team that is struggling to get second-chance points.
Interestingly enough, Vonleh’s offense and defense have been standing out in a good way.
Offensively, he has put his improved skills on display. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Vonleh showed that he has a few tricks up his sleeve while playing the Charlotte Hornets. Cody Zeller was not ready.
Vonleh has also been showing that his defense is not one to be taken lightly. While switching to Jamal Crawford off of a screen, he showed what his fast hands could do.
It seems to me that Vonleh has been playing with a purpose. He definitely should be getting more minutes than Cristiano Felicio, but there’s difference between the two of them. The Bulls are paying Felicio $8 million, which is the reason why they’re playing him.