The 2019 Chicago Bulls should be a fun team with a ton of offense and no defense. This team finished with 27 wins last season and their total this season is set at 28.5 wins. While the team should be much improved on offense with the second year of Lauri Markkanen, year three of Kris Dunn and healthy versions of Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker; there are still big questions about this team and whether they have what it takes to improve on their 2018 record.
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Last seasons’s Defense Rating was 109.1, third worst in the league, and they are adding Parker to that and he is not going to help that in any way. Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis are solid defenders, but they can only do so much.
This should be a fun team to watch offensively though. Fred Hoiberg was brought in by management because of his next level offense that he had at the University of Iowa. They then gave him years and years of players who didn’t fit that system or guys who preferred playing defense under Tom Thibodeau. It hasn’t worked and this is the closest he’ll ever get to realizing his vision in the NBA. It’s the best collection of offense players he’s ever had that fit his vision of what an offense should be. Sad thing is, he might not get to realize it as another 27-win season could mean the end of his time in Chicago.
This team is all-in on the youth movement. The only true veterans on the team are Omer Asik and Robin Lopez who hold the same position and are unlikely to be a big part of this team. Lopez is in the final year of his contract and could be a valuable piece for a playoff team down the stretch. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a buy-out contract after the deadline if he’s not traded.
That leaves Justin Holliday as the veteran on this team as he’s entering his fifth season. After that, the elder statesman are LaVine and Parker. That’s a dedication to youth that may be dividends down the line, but this season could get ugly. The FiveThirtyEight projections see this as a 27-win team right now and I think that seems about right. That’s a close bet and they could easily luck into a couple, but I just don’t see it. This could be the worst defensive team in the league this season.
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