Chicago Bulls are 7-3 by Captain Obvious

  • 6th in ORtg
  • 4th in DRtg
  • 1st in TOV
  • 14th in Scoring
  • 5th in Opponents Scoring
  • 5th in Net Rtg
  • Demar and Zach:

53.1 points per game, 11.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 2 steals, 49.2% FG, 34% 3pt, 87.8% FT

They are not a monolith, but their ability to impact the game in different ways is really hard to counter for opposing defenses and is a huge part of the Bulls' success. They will only get better as the season goes along.

  • Lonzo and AC:

Combined 102 Defensive rating, 4 steals a game, 1.3 blocks, 39.3% 3pt, 8 rebounds, 8.3 assists

These two truly are influenced by Maurice Cheeks. They are disruptive defensively every game, and it’s really impressive!. If they are able to maintain this type of defensive intensity, we have to assume that we will continue to wear teams down by the fourth quarter. Their collective defensive intensity along with the bench unit seems to strangle teams’ lead guards as the games wind down.

  • Vucevic:

13.2 pts, 11 TRB, 4.3 assists, 1, BLK, 1.2 Stl, PER 14.7, 37.8% FG, 26.2% 3pt, 100 DRTG,

We all have seen it. Vooch is really struggling with where he fits in the offense. Interestingly enough, I don’t think Vooch thought his role would be to play Thad Young. He clearly is struggling with being more Vlade Divac and less Paul Gasol. The one consolation is that he has been very effective as a defender. He benefits greatly from having better wing defenders, and more lenient rules around fouling.

  • JaVonte:

5.5 pts, 4.1 RPG, 1 stl, 51.2% FG, 40% 3PT, 87.5% Ft, 126 ORtg, 102 Dtg,

Green is the quintessential hustleman. He brings energy to the starting unit and typically makes one really athletic play a game. He really struggled against Al Horford, and ultimately, I am not sure that the Bulls can sustain success with him in starting lineup. There are only a few really dynamic PFs that he will have to contend with in the east. He is doing his job, and my hope is that more than anything, he models what kind of energy PWill has to bring to the position. It is one of those scenarios where if Green had PWill's body and natural physical ability, he would be an all-star.

  • Ayo:

107 Defensive Rtg, Per 36 minutes: 13.9 pts, 5.9 rebounds, 2.4 asts,

Ayo’s biggest asset is energy. He reminds me of young Noah. Comes in as a bottle of energy, and just finds a way to impact the game. One thing you can’t teach is tenacity. His ability to couple his tenacity with timely plays is a recipe for stealing TBJ’s minutes. He has been so fun to watch, and I absolutely believe that he, AC, and Coby can play together. That will be a really fun bench mob if you add Jones Jr and Bradley.

  • Derrick Jones Jr:

21.1 PER, 57.9% FG, November: 8 ppg, 3 RPG, 107 DRtg, 1.25 Blks,.75 stls; Per 36 min: 3.1 Blks

Derrick has been about as effective as we expected. He had a slow start to the season, but since being inserted into the lineup, he has been exactly what we needed. He seems like he is playing lackadaisically, but he has had quite a few timely blocks, and many of us believe that he should start over Green.

  • Coby White:

We really miss Coby White. The Bulls are 29th in Bench scoring, but thankfully, we are 6th in bench +/-. I believe this is buoyed by Zach and Demar splitting time with the 2nd unit.

Overall, their four greatest opportunities are:

  1. Slow starts
  2. Vooch’s slump
  3. Bench Scoring
  4. Replacing PWill

I am really excited to see where we land in the next 10 games. Hopefully, we keep up our defensive intensity while also improving in offense.


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