The 2018-2019 iteration of the Chicago Bulls are potentially must-watch television. They may be bad, but if you are into streaky, your-turn my-turn offense and little to no defense, maybe that’s fun enough?
Perhaps that’s an oversimplification of what the Bulls will likely look like next season. Maybe the offense hums to the tune of Hoiball and Zach LaVine’s and Jabari Parker’s athleticism finally conveys to the defensive side of the floor. But Yahoo! Sports writer Dan Devine took a stab at power ranking the teams that will likely be bad next season based on how fun he thinks they will be to watch.
The Bulls checked in at No. 9 out of 13 teams, just sneaking into the “potentially piquing our interest” category instead of the dreaded “not exceptionally fun” category.
I’m not sure exactly how the Bulls’ young pieces will fit together. That’s especially true on the defensive end, where LaVine, Parker and Markkanen all have a ways to go before they can be considered quality NBA stoppers (or even stallers). I’m also unsure a full season of LaVine and the introduction of Parker, both of whom like to dominate the rock, is what the doctor ordered for an offensive scheme predicated primarily on ball and player movement.
I do know, though, that I’m interested in what an offense with three potential 20-point scorers can produce, and how many games the Bulls will wind up playing in the 120s due to a combination of offensive talent, an elevated pace — who, as coach Fred Hoiberg told ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Chicago plans to try to run like hell with all those young (and surgically repaired) legs — and what could be a near-total inability to regularly generate stops. The Bulls probably won’t be any good this year. They could be a pretty decent watch, though.
Markkanen has unicorn potential, LaVine is a walking dunk highlight reel, Parker has superstar-level talent at least on offense, and Bobby Portis is out there flexing on dudes down 20 with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. What’s not to love?
Sarcasm aside, at least the Bulls say they will be trying to win games this season which will automatically bring them up a few notches on the fun meter; it’s easier to get behind a team that tries hard even if they don’t really have a chance to contend.