Last season, the Chicago Bulls were a completely different basketball team with point guard Lonzo Ball on the floor.
We’re talking a huge spike on both ends of the floor with a healthy Ball. It was so noticeable that you don’t even need analytics or numbers to prove the point. When Ball was on the floor, the Bulls’ pace on offense was that much better and their defense was borderline elite.
After Ball exited due to a knee issue, Chicago was under the impression he would be back before the playoffs. However, the issue worsened and he ended up needing surgery on his meniscus.
Since then, Ball still has not progressed as well as the Bulls would have liked to see. In fact, there are serious concerns growing around Ball’s future. Now, with the 2022 NBA Draft coming up, this is a team that might need to do some forward thinking.
With the 18th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls should consider adding insurance for Lonzo Ball.
Behind Ball, the Bulls have a pair of young guards. However, the higher picked of the two may be the odd man out.
Coby White has not exactly blossomed like Bulls fans had hoped for. His inconsistencies are still apparent after three years in the league, and those come on both sides of the court.
Second-round pick Ayo Dosunmu performed very well as a rookie this past season, and even supplanted White as the true backup point guard. With Dosunmu’s rise, White might be a trade candidate this offseason if the Bulls could upgrade their depth by dealing him.
Whether or not White is traded, though, the Bulls need to find some insurance for Ball in the meantime. At no. 18 overall, one of these three prospects might make sense in that realm.