It’s been a disappointing season thus far for the Chicago Bulls. Chicago has not been without bright spots, but overall the team has not taken the steps forward this season that many might have hoped they would.
The defense is a mess, as the team shows practically no cohesion on that side of the ball. Besides Kris Dunn, who is in the top ten in steals per game this season, they don’t appear to be giving much defensive effort either.
On offense, Zach LaVine has been carrying the scoring load. Although Coby White has played well, he hasn’t filled the essential role of the playmaker that has been absent from Chicago’s offensive possessions.
Perhaps trading for an experienced playmaker can help the Bulls take advantage of their promising spot-up shooters and various other role players.
Golden State Warriors point guard D’Angelo Russell comes to mind as a possible trade option, as the 5-19 Warriors may have already given up hope for their playoff chances.
However, if they aren’t able to trade for a capable playmaker, they are going to have to change Coby White’s playstyle, or possibly expand Kris Dunn’s offensive role in order to lighten Lavine’s load.
The Bulls have been playing better as of late, coming off consecutive wins against the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies, but beating these subpar teams isn’t proving anything.
Their opportunity to right the ship will come Dec. 8 in the form of a game against the Miami Heat.
Winning against a well-coached and talented team on the road is certainly not easy and beating former Bulls’ star forward Jimmy Butler would definitely be a confidence booster.
Bottom line: A win could definitely provide some momentum to build on going forward.
If the Bulls can find someone to fill that vital playmaker role and can emphasize effort on the defensive end of the ball, they’ll have a good shot to grab a win. But with Chandler Hutchison, Otto Porter and Thaddeus Young all battling injuries, I’m tempering my expectations.