What Does the Chicago Bulls’ Starting Lineup Look Like For The 2021-22 Season?

Published 08/12/2021, 12:00 AM EDT


The Chicago Bulls, one of the NBA’s most storied franchises, have made stellar acquisitions in this free agency. Having fallen off from title contention a few years ago when Windy City pinned its title hopes on Point Guard star Derrick Rose, the Bulls have been through the eye of the storm.

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With Chicago’s last playoff appearance in the 2016-17 season, the franchise has been putting up below-par numbers. However, with a reasonably large cap space to support franchise star Zach Lavine, GM Marc Eversley has been a busy man.

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Chicago, reminiscent of the Jerry Krause era, orchestrated a series of signings including those for Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball, and DeMar DeRozan, which have made an immediate impact in bolstering their aspirations for a deep playoff run.

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The 2021-22 Chicago Bulls

With the Bulls primed for a deep playoff run, it looks like it’s all coming together for Windy City. Having acquired a mix of defensive wing talent in Caruso and Lonzo along with a mid-range killer in DeMar DeRozan, here’s how the Bulls’ starting lineup is shaping up.

Chicago’s Backcourt

Lonzo Ball 

Zo, who was a restricted free agent this offseason, got his payday following a career year. Paired with Zach Lavine to form the backcourt, his facilitation skills, coupled with an ability to drive to the basket and defend, will be lethal. However, having fixed that 3pt shot, averaging 38% from downtown, Lonzo Ball is the clear option for the starting PG.

Zach Lavine

Lavine, coming off an Olympic gold, is riding the highs of his prime. He is a lethal 3pt shooter averaging 41.2% from deep. In fact, Lavine last season took on the bulk of the scoring, averaging 27.4ppg on 50% shooting from the field. Possessing that clutch gene, Zach Lavine is the clear closer in this Bulls lineup.

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

Additionally, an underrated defender, it remains to be seen whether Lavine buys in on the defensive end this season.

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The Bulls Frontcourt

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar presumably is coming into Windy City with a confirmed starting spot, leaving one in San Antonio. Although, with Lavine playing the Shooting Guard, DeRozan will have to play the Small Forward in the Starting 5.

DeRozan will bridge the gap wherein the Bulls have fallen off in the past with Lavine off the floor. Possessing a lethal mid-range game, the 21.9ppg/4.2rpg/6.9apg a game pickup serves as a backup to Zach Lavine in the clutch.

Patrick Williams

A rather calm presence on the court, it will be intriguing to see the 2020 #4th overall pick’s growth chart coming into year 2. While it’s still early on, Williams has made quite the impression on his teammates. Bringing a dogged on-ball defensive approach, Pat Williams looks locked in to put the NBA on notice in Year 2.

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Nikola Vucevic

What Vucevic brings to Chicago is an all-star offensive-oriented center who can feed off defensive collapses and mismatches rather easily. While he is not a defensive stopper, his ability to position himself in the offensive flow makes him a good fit in Chicago.

Mar 31, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan (center, seated) talks to players during a timeout in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

How many games can the Chicago Bulls win this season? With these recent pickups, they look like a 50+ win team in the East. And in a season where a team like Atlanta reached the conference finals, Chicago has invested in youth, to drive them to a Top 4 seed in the East.

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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