Chicago has one this going for themselves this season. Their jerseys are gorgeous.
After trading Jimmy Butler for an injured Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and a draft pick (that they later sold to Golden State which turned into Jorden Ball), Chicago was left with much of nothing. They bought out both Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade, and made a quick sprint to the “rebuild” button. The problem with his however is they don’t even have enough pieces to rebuild with.
LaVine is a solid player when healthy. Coming out of college and early in his career, he was looked at as a flashy dunker and nothing more. His shot was inconstant, he never passed the ball, and his defense was nearly worse at his position. But as his career continued and he grew as a player, LaVine began to reframe his shooting stroke. Now, he is one of the best shooting guards in the entire NBA. The problem however is he torn is ACL towards the end of last season (which he is still recovering from.) And an injury like that could hamper his athleticism, which is LaVine’s strongest attribute. It will take time to see if LaVine can be the player Chicago needs him in the future.
Dunn on the other hand is a question mark for a whole other reason. He struggled his rookie year to say the least. From his terrible shooting percentage to his inability to adapted to the NBA pace, Dunn looked like a fish out of water. In fact, out of the whole season, Dunn had one, ONE, highlight play. The once rookie of the year hopeful turned into a potential bust quick. While it was only his rookie season, Dunn has time to right the ship.
Outside of those two, who does Chicago have to is trustworthy enough to have faith in? Rookie Lauri Markkanen looked horrible in both the summer league and preseason. Bobby Portis was not constant enough to trust. And Denzel Valentine can not create his own shot. But worse of all, Chicago has no future trade picks that look appetizing enough to even trust a rebuild. Their only hope is to be so bad this year that there is no question they get the number one pick. Because if not, it will be tough sailing for years to come.
But hey! At least they have Cameron Payne’s dance moves to entertain them this season.
Hot take: Chicago will be the worst team in the NBA this season.