Chicago Bulls 2021–22 NBA Roster. How Do Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan Change the Look of the ‘Windy City’

Published 08/11/2021, 3:29 AM EDT
Apr 9, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The Chicago Bulls are one of the most famous NBA teams. This is mainly because of Michael Jordan and his dynasty with them. However, they are on a trip back to glory as they were quite active during the NBA off-season. Led by Zach Lavine, the Bulls will hope to get back in playoff contention.

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Notably, they acquired the services of DeMar DeRozan from the San Antonio Spurs. Moreover, they did not have to disturb their core team to make it happen. With an All-Star duo already assembled, and fresh faces coming in, can Chicago be a part of the playoffs this season?

Feb 24, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt (8) during the second half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Well, let us look at the Chicago Bulls roster for the 2021-22 NBA season.

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Incoming players

  • Lonzo Ball

The Bulls finally signed Zo. Chicago has had their eyes on him for quite some time. Lonzo, who came into the league with high expectations, failed to deliver. Now, he has fixed his jump shot and has been a serious threat from down town. He averaged 14.6 points, 5 assists, and 38% from deep in the 2020-21 season.

  • DeMar DeRozan

The Bulls’ best signing in the off-season by far, DeRozan has been playing at an All-Star level in San Antonio. He was one of the league’s best one-on-one players last season. Moreover, his midrange game is on point. He will add the necessary scoring to the Bulls roster. Putting up 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists, he will be a great second option after Zach Lavine.

Dec 26, 2020; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) passes the ball in the fourth quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
  • Alex Caruso

The star boy from LA, Alex Caruso, also made his way to the ‘Windy City’. The Bulls were searching for a backup point guard and who else but the ‘Bald Eagle’ himself. Caruso will be a huge addition to the Bulls’ defense this season.

  • Tony Bradley

Outgoing players

  • Lauri Markannen

The most notable free agent right now is Markannen. He is an up-and-coming power forward who impressed early. However, as he has not been seen playing for the Bulls in recent times, he may sign with a new team soon.

  • Thaddeus Young

Young was a part of the deal in bringing DeRozan to Chicago. He was a valuable player to the Bulls as he averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds while shooting 55% from the field. Moreover, he played in 68 games for them last season. He will now play for the San Antonio Spurs.

  • Daniel Thies
  • Tomas Satoransky
  • Garrett Temple
  • Al-Farouq Aminu
  • Cristiano Felicio
Jan 22, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) drives from the top of the key with help from forward Thaddeus Young (21) on Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham (4) during the second half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls 2021-22 NBA roster

Frontcourt

  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Patrick Williams
  • Troy Brown Jr.
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Tony Bradley

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Backcourt

  • Zach Lavine
  • Lonzo Ball
  • Alex Caruso
  • Coby White
  • Javonte Green
  • Devon Dotson
  • Ryan Arcidiacono
  • Ayo Dosunmu
  • Denzel Valentine
  • Adam Mokoka
Jan 22, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) passes the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The ‘Windy City’ truly looks like a complete team with major potential. However, can they make a run in the playoffs this season? Let us know your view in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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