2018-19 Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

Zach LaVine and the Bulls should have a little more help this season with the addition of Jabari Parker and others.

Coach: Fred Hoiberg (entering his fourth season; 110-136, .447).

Last Season: 25-57, did not make playoffs.

Key Returnees: Zack LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Justin Holiday, Kris Dunn, Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis, Denzel Valentine, Cameron Payne, Omer Asik.

Key Additions: Jabari Parker (Milwaukee), Wendell Carter Jr. (rookie, Duke), Chandler Hutchison (rookie, Boise State), Antonio Blakeney (free agency).

Key Losses: Jerian Grant (Orlando), Noah Vonleh (New York), Paul Zipser (waivers).

Outlook: It was an eventful summer for the Bulls. Coming off another season of struggle, Chicago watched restricted free agent Zack LaVine sign a four-year, $78 million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings, which it decided to match. The Bulls signed high-scoring, oft-injured forward Jabari Parker along with Antonio Blakeney in free agency, as well as adding talented big man Wendell Carter Jr. out of Duke and Boise State swingman Chandler Hutchison in the draft. All of which is light years ahead of where Chicago was before last season started, when Bobby Portis socked Nikola Mirotic in the face Oct. 17, resulting in Mirotic, eventually traded to New Orleans, suffering multiple broken bones in his face as well as a concussion (It would be harsh to say it was the biggest shot the Bulls hit all season, but I digress). Still, it should be a season of improvement in the Windy City as LaVine is supposedly healthy (not to mention, very wealthy), Parker’s game has never been in question, only his ability to remain upright, Lauri Markkanen established himself as a threat both inside and out as a rookie, Justin Holiday flashed as a shooter after coming over in the Mirotic deal and Kris Dunn’ effectiveness jumped exponentially after a meh rookie season in Minnesota. Adding the muscle and moxie of Carter and the shooting and combo-guard skills of Hutchison in the draft will only add to the promising young core in Chicago. If Parker and LaVine can stay out of the tub, the Bulls have a chance to make a decent jump in terms of their win total this season.