No one has any idea why he waited so long, but the Chicago Bulls made Goran Dragic officially official on Tuesday afternoon.
first reported on july 3The Dragic addition came as a big surprise to the entire league. Not only was the 13-year-old veteran constantly added to join his Slovenian friend Luka Doncic in Dallas, but the Bulls already filled in the guard position. The organization only doubled down on the backcourt during the draft, as they picked high-energy youngster Dylan Terry with the number 18-overall pick.
However, it can’t be denied that the Bulls roster went into the locker room veterans need this summer. With Andre Drummond (who, however, is a surprisingly young 28 years old), Dragic will provide a level of playoff experience and on-court competition that the group can use to take the next step in their Eastern Conference feud. Not to mention, Lonzo Ball’s knee position remains very cloudy, with Dragic at least supplying head coach Billy Donovan with a steady hand for plug-and-play on top of the key.
So finally with this announcement, I thought we might as well check where the current roster is. Training camp is about a month away, and it’s likely that the group you see on paper today will be the same ones in uniform that night.
Your Current 2022-23 Chicago Bulls Roster:
Zach LaVine (SG)
Demar DeRozan (SF)
Nikola Vusevic (c)
Lonzo Ball (PG)
Alex Caruso (G)
Patrick Williams (PF)
Ayo Dosunmu (G)
Coby White (G)
Derrick Jones Jr. (F)
Dalan Terry (g/f)
Javonte Green (F)
Andre Drummond (c)
Goran Dragic (PG)
Tony Bradley (c)
Marko Simonovic (PF/C)
Justin Lewis * (f)
The roster looks pretty much the same as last season, which is what this front office said they wanted to go to over the summer. However, Dragick and Drummond free-agent signings do – in theory – give the Bulls a more reliable option off the bench, especially when we consider names like Troy Brown Jr. and Tristan Thompson who sat out last season. And, of course, Terry is another hottie rookie to throw into the mix.
The problem with that is that the Bulls didn’t decide what many would consider their dazzling holes after last season. While Dragic is a substantial catch-and-shoot threat, he isn’t some of the high-volume shooters in town. Similarly, despite Drummond showing some progress in his new reserve role over the past few seasons, no new backup would consider the big man a notable rim guard. Even Terry, whose two-way ability is tantalizing when we consider where the Bulls caught on on draft night, isn’t someone the Bulls should expect to fix any issues in the short term. needed.
Now, if we want to find the silver lining, the rebound should improve significantly. Drummond alone can fix some obvious problems in that department, as he is one of the NBA’s best rebounders on either side of the ball. He will certainly come in handy for a Bulls team that lacked in size and was ranked 17th in rebounding percentage in 2021-22.
The second problem – if you want to call it that – is the Bulls’ crowded backcourt. Again, this team is set to go deeper than last season, which we can all agree is a good thing considering how many names surfaced in injury reports last season. However, this stalemate can not only make it difficult to locate the best turns, but it also means that there is still a potential problem when it comes to wing defense and size in the frontcourt.
The Bulls gave their opponent the 9th highest number of points in the paint last season. A healthy backcourt return from Ball and Caruso should help fix some of his defensive issues, but we’re still only talking about a few defensive options. A lot will be weighing on the shoulders of Patrick Williams, who is just 21 years old and coming off a season where he appeared in a total of 17 regular season basketball games. Sure, Derrick Jones Jr.’s seven-foot wingspan can be helpful at times, but it’s still head-scratching that the Bulls decided to re-sign the six-foot-six forward instead of searching for a more traditional-sized backup. decided. power forward.
If we want to get technical, I guess we can say that Marko Simonovic and Tony Bradley may have the size of the Bulls at times this season. The big fat juicy problem, however, is that neither has proven that they can consistently eat minutes at the NBA level, so… yes… useless.
I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer. I have a lot of optimistic thoughts this season, especially as it relates to Lavin, DeRozan and Vucevi playing even better as the core three. But I still have some important question marks about where this roster stands overall, and I thought I might get some of them out here as well.
With that said, the last thing I would say for now is that the Bulls have a second two-way slot available. While earlier reports suggested that the Front Office expanded Malcolm Hill a two-way merit offer, it appears they have pulled it off, or Hill has decided not to sign it. In other words, Justin Lewis is currently out of Marquette. Official two-way contract only Going to training camp, which means there could be an open competition for the second slot next month.
Could this be a potential location for another older person? Jevon Freeman—What About Liberty, Joe Bulls announced that he signed Before Summer League (I’m assuming a sort of exhibit-10 contract that will run through training camp)? Whatever it is, it’s always fun when we get a little competition at the exercise gym! Training camp can’t come soon enough.