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No More Jimmy, Will Bulls Still Get Buckets?

 

The Chicago Bulls are coming off an offseason where they not only let go of Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade, but they also traded their star player in Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s safe to say this officially starts the rebuild that most of the fans have wanted since last year. That being said, who’s going to play where? Who’s going to start? Who’s going to make up the bench mob? Here’s how I think the rotation should be (before Zach Lavine comes back from his knee injury):

PG: Dunn/Grant 

SG: Zipser/Holliday

SF: Valentine/Mirotic

PF: Markkanen/Portis/Mirotic 

  C: Lopez/Felicio 

Coach Hoiberg has already worked with Kris Dunn on his jumper, so there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll truly add a spark to the first unit with his already top tier defensive and passing skills. Jerian Grant can provide some decent-to-good shooting off the bench. 

Paul Zipser has come out of nowhere with a jump in his development after being the 46th pick in the draft pick last year. His 3-point prowess and athleticism on both sides of the ball should prove effective going forward. As far as Justin Holliday, he should be getting a bit of a bigger role with the Bulls after averaging 7.7 PPG with the Knicks last year. As long as he works on creating his own shot, he should be good to go. 

I see Denzel Valentine potentially having a breakout season after suffering a few injuries and playing limited action behind Butler and Wade. If he can be as effective offensively as he is defensively, he may very well be a sleeper player to watch on the new look team. As for Nikola Mirotic, I see him playing both the three and the four. I can only hope that he can have a more consistent shot and be more helpful defensively. I don’t have much faith in him to be honest. 

Provided Lauri Markkanen has no setbacks with his back injury, I expect him to be in the starting lineup. He has everything you look for normally in a big man and he has a silky smooth three ball. Plus with the agility for his size to go with it, expect the poor man’s Kristaps Porzingis to make an immediate impact on both the team and the fans. 

For the center position, expect Robin Lopez to be, well, Robin Lopez. While not much of a scorer, he can protect the paint and rebound with the best of them. Unless you’re a do-it-all like Karl Anthony Towns, Robin Lopez does exceptionally well in his role and will continue to the fan favorite that he was last year. As for Cristiano Felicio, who knows what role he’ll play? Will he be used as a scorer? Defender? Maybe both? Either way I hope he can make major improvements to his game as a whole to prove he belongs.

Here’s to a hopefully good season.

What’s your rotation like? Comment down below or tweet the station @WCRXFM or myself @JCOnAir323.

You can catch my corner on CRX every Monday from 8-9pm.

 

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Bulls Enjoy The Heat

By Miguel Flores

“They are Hollywood as hell.”

This quote from Joakim Noah sums up everything the Bulls and Heat rivalry is about.  Ever since Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and Lebron James formed the “Big 3” down in South Beach, no team relishes the opportunity to beat them more than the Bulls.

The contrasting styles of both the Heat and Bulls are what makes this the best rivalry in the NBA bar-none. The Heat features multiple superstars that garner the Hollywood-type attention with all of their championships, MVPs, and All-Star appearances.  However, the Bulls contain a grit-and-grind, blue-collar mentality filled with NBA outcasts that don’t have the household names recognized throughout the league.

Whenever these two teams lock up, the rivalry between both teams sparks a nostalgic-like feeling reminiscing those old classic NBA rivalries in the 80s and 90s.  You can feel the dislike both teams have for each other whether it’s Nazr Mohammed shoving James in last season’s 2nd round playoff matchup, or James and Jimmy Butler getting tangled up in Sunday’s contest, or Noah verbally abusing Bosh and the rest of the Heat at the free throw line.

For some reason, despite Thibodeau and the Bulls hardly being at full-strength in their regular season showdowns, they still contain the best record against the Heat in the “Big 3” era posting a 9-6 record, including their most recent 95-88 overtime victory this past Sunday.  It’s something the NBA doesn’t have enough of because this is a time where players want to be friends rather than develop a hatred for each other.  Thankfully, the Bulls don’t fall into that category as they enjoy pestering the Heat.  Even after it’s over, you don’t see either team exchanging pleasantries like other teams in the league.  Fortunately for us, we are able to witness the one true rivalry four times a year when these teams face off.   Although a playoff series between the two would only last 5 or 6 games due to Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee injury, we can only hope that they meet again in the playoffs to add another chapter in the rivalry.

Miguel Flores is co-host of the sports show Nothing But Net.  You can listen to Nothing But Net on WCRXFM.COM and  88.1 FM (and on the Tune in app search WCRX) every Tuesday night from 7-9p CT.