6:30 p.m., NBC Chicago Sports
No Zach LaVine. No Lauri Markkanen. No Otto Porter Jr. No Kris Dunn. No the rest of the guys who have already been ruled out this season.
New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier is out tonight with a strained left calf.
The Bulls are basically fielding a G League team at this point. It’s cool to see some of these guys get an opportunity, but that’s obviously not an idealistic roster construction at the end of the season.
JaKarr Sampson is the latest to get an opportunity. To be fair though, this isn’t his first rodeo, he just turned 26 and has played 169 NBA games in his career.
Walter Lemon Jr. will make the start at point guard for the Bulls tonight against the Knicks. Coming off the bench, he scored a team-high 19 points to go along with six assists and four steals in the Bulls loss against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
Brandon Sampson and Rawle Alkins, both G Leaguers as well, have also gotten some run here lately with the big league squad. Ryan Arcidiacono and Antonio Blakeney were two-way contract guys last season. While Arcidiacono has carved himself a niche at the NBA level with his highly cerebral, run-into-walls style of play, Blakeney has played like a glorified G Leaguer this season. He owns the lowest value over replacement player (VORP) on the team.
Shaquille Harrison, Wayne Selden Jr., Cristiano Felicio, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot have all had stints in the G League as well within the last four seasons.
The Knicks, meanwhile, have crafted an even more masterful tank job. They’ve won just one game since March 1 to grab hold of the NBA’s worst record by a somewhat significant margin. With just six games to go and 14 wins to their name, the Knicks will likely finish the season with the worst record in their 73-season history (previous worst was 2014-2015 when they won 17 games).