Dallas Mavericks: Four Lottery Teams with a Chance at 2019 Playoffs
By Kohl Rast
Admittedly, this one kind of caught me off guard. The Bulls have kind of been a laughing stock the last few years and have essentially rebuilt their entire roster, but the team really flashes a lot of talent. Although I am not sold on the coaching of Fred Hoiberg, something very important with these young teams, I still think Chicago has a chance to make a splash this year.
To start off, Chicago is a solid destination for NBA free agents. The big name players may not be looking at Chicago because of the desire to compete for a title, but the next tier of guys could be very curious at what Chicago has to offer. The Bulls will have plenty of cap space to work with these guys as well, something other teams do not have.
Aside from that, the Bulls have one of the most promising youngsters in the game with Lauri Markkanen. Markkanen proved in his rookie season that he is a budding star that will be ready to move into a 1st or 2nd scoring option for Chicago. They also boast a young point guard that made huge strides this year in Kris Dunn. Players like Zach LaVine, Bobby Portis, Justin Holiday, and David Nwaba add youth with upside to the team.
They may not be ready by next year, but this Bulls team is going to add some key pieces in free agency and the draft that will make them a tough one to match up with.
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