NBA Insider Reveals Why Chicago Bulls Could Tank in 2020-21 Season

Published 11/28/2020, 7:30 AM EST
CHICAGO, USA – JANUARY 16: Zach LaVine (8) of Chicago Bulls in action during the NBA match between Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat at the at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, United States on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


The 2020-21 season hasn’t even started and there are already talks about teams tanking. After having an underwhelming Free Agency, the Chicago Bulls are reportedly already focusing on the next season.

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According to Sam Smith from NBC Sports, the Bulls have their eyes set on the top prospect of 2021. He said, “A 6-7 lead guard, Cade Cunningham, from Oklahoma State is some sort of a Ben Simmons with a shot. That sort of player is exactly what the Bulls could use.

“If that’s what the Karnisovas/Eversley group is planning and can pull it off, then they’re on the way to executives of the year with a little patience this season. Nevertheless, we still have a lot to learn from the narratives of this group and I’m interested after nine months of speculation.”

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There are easily eight to nine teams in the East that are better than the Bulls currently. So a decision to tank isn’t the worst idea.

How can Cade Cunnigham help the Bulls?

Standing at 6’7, Cunningham is one of the tallest point guards around. He is a proven floor-general across multiple sports, having played quarterback in high school. Hence, he always has an eye for a pass and can dictate the tempo of the game with ease. Cade is a natural when it comes to ball handling and dribbling past defenders smoothly.
He uses his height well to defend, both on the perimeter and also on the inside. His seven-foot wingspan makes him a help on the glass, which was evident during his debut for the Cowboys when he grabbed 10 rebounds.
Finally, Cunningham is a proven scorer too. When his team needs him to lead with scoring, Cade has shown he’s unafraid to step up.
He led Oklahoma State to a win against UT Arlington, as he scored 21 points. He went 2/5 from three and looked determined to improve his numbers in college.

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How will he fit into the team?

When the Bulls drafted Coby White, he was expected to be the solution to their point guard problems. But White has proven to be more of a scorer than a playmaker. So the Bulls could play Cunningham as the point guard and play White alongside him at the two.

If the Bulls are going to tank, they will ideally trade Zach LaVine which will open up the opportunities for White. This tanking operation gives them a clean slate to start over next season with just two players on fully guaranteed deals, which opens up a lot of cap space.

CHICAGO, USA – FEBRUARY 15: Zach LaVine (8) of Chicago Bulls in action during the NBA basketball match between Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, United States on February 15, 2018.
(Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The new Executive VP of Basketball Operations, Arturas Karnisovas, has proven himself at the Nuggets. So Bulls fans know he is a man with a plan. They will be eagerly waiting to see what he has in store for them for the upcoming season.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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