How to Fix the Chicago Bulls

The 2023-24 NBA season has been a roller coaster of emotions for Chicago Bulls fans. With the season coming to an end, if things continue the way they have, the Bulls can sneak a play-in spot, finishing in either 9th or 10th seed. With this season inevitably coming to a close with mediocrity, here are some ideas I have for the Bulls this offseason. 

Lonzo Ball has not played in an NBA game since January 2022, due to a left knee injury. In that time, Coby White has taken off and this season is averaging nearly 20 points a game on shooting splits. Since Lonzo’s return is still unknown, and no one knows how good of a player he will be when he comes back, the Bulls should trade Ball’s expiring contract in return for draft picks and younger players with potential. This way Coby White gets more play time to reach his all-star potential, Ayo Dosunmu can fill in the role as a backup point guard, the Bulls get potentially great future players, and they are no longer paying Ball 20 million dollars a season to sit on the bench. 

My proposed starting five for the 2024-25 Chicago Bulls are Coby White, Zach LaVine, Demar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, and Nikola Vucevic. With this proposed starting five, the Bulls boast a potent mix of scoring, playmaking, and defensive versatility. LaVine and DeRozan provide elite scoring ability on the wings, while Vučević anchors the interior with his scoring and rebounding prowess. Williams adds defensive tenacity and athleticism, rounding out a well-balanced lineup capable of competing with the best teams in the league. Coming off the bench, Alex Caruso, Ayo Dosunmu, Andre Drummond, Jevon Carter, and Javonte Green, will be able to check in the game and bring tremendous intensity and hustle. I also believe sending players such as Terry Taylor, Dalen Terry, and Adam Sanogo to the G-League, would be beneficial to their development and would allow them to join the roster when needed. 

Looking ahead to the 2024 NBA Draft, addressing the Bulls’ frontcourt struggles should be a top priority. The projected 12th pick presents an opportunity to bolster the frontcourt with a talented big man such as Duke’s Kyle Flipowski. With his size, athleticism, and rebounding prowess, Flipowski has the potential to make an immediate impact and address a key area of need for the Bulls.

By revamping their playbook with these strategic moves, the Bulls can surpass their mediocrity, pave the way for strong seasons ahead, and possibly contend for future championships.

About the Author

Adi Hansoty
Adi Hansoty is a junior at IMSA who lives in 07 B-wing. He is from Long Grove and is very excited to serve as a staff writer. Outside of writing, he likes to play sports, guitar, and listen to music.

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