It’s awards season in the NBA, with the league steadily announcing the winners and other honorees throughout the playoffs.
We knew the Bulls wouldn’t be well-represented after another disappointing season, but there was at least some intrigue to see if Zach LaVine would get any All-NBA love after a career season. Well, LaVine did get one lone vote for All-NBA Third Team, so good for him!
Of course, with LaVine officially not making an All-NBA Team, he officially isn’t eligible for a supermax extension this offseason. He could still become eligible for one next offseason if he makes All-NBA in 2021-22.
The Bulls can either offer LaVine a standard four-year extension standard worth around $105 million, which he wouldn’t take, or use cap space to make a bigger offer. It’s unclear if he would even take that or would simply prefer to hit unrestricted free agency in 2022, with the potential to earn that five-year supermax.
LaVine wasn’t the only Bull to receive an All-NBA vote, with Vucevic actually picking up more than him by getting a pair of votes for the Third Team. Vucevic was steady for both the Magic and Bulls all season long, so it’s no surprise somebody wanted to recognize.
LaVine and Vucevic also got some recognition for Most Improved Player. LaVine finished fifth overall in the voting (Julius Randle won) with five second-place votes and five third-place votes. Vucevic got a single second-place vote.
Elsewhere, Thaddeus Young got two third-place votes for Sixth Man of the Year (he should’ve gotten more love here) and Daniel Theis got a vote for the All-Defensive Second Team. No Patrick Williams votes for Rookie of the Year (which went to LaMelo Ball), but he did make the All-Rookie Second Team with two First-Team votes and 46 Second-Team votes.
We’re still waiting on Executive of the Year voting. Maybe Arturas Karnisovas gets some credit for the Vooch/Theis trades. I’m sure you’re all waiting with bated breath to find out.