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Losing the first three games of the year wasn’t what Chicago Bulls fans had in mind when the NBA released the schedule for the 2021 season. After an off-season hiring esteemed head coach Billy Donovan and drafting promising candidate Patrick Williams, the team seemed ready to turn a new leaf.
Although a 3-0 start is far from ideal, there is too much basketball left to give up the season now. The team is young, but most of its core has been together for several years. Billy Donovan has a reputation for making a product that is better than the sum of its parts. This season shouldn’t be any different.
Five of the Bulls’ top six rotation players were on the team last season. Rookie Patrick Williams is the only new addition to the grid after a surprisingly strong performance during training camp and the preseason. In the first three competitions he achieved a solid average of 10. 3 points per game. The player Williams who was replaced on the starting line-up, Otto Porter Jr. , made a solid contribution from the bank with an average of 12. 7 points and 5. So far 7 rebounds per game.
The rest of Chicago’s core consists of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, and Wendell Carter Jr. . There’s no reason a team with a hugely successful goalscorer like LaVine and an all-star player like Markkanen shouldn’t compete for seventh or eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Last year, Billy Donovan, coaching the Oklahoma City Thunder, had the luxury of having a leader like Chris Paul in his locker room. The question for this year’s Bulls team is who will take this leadership role both on and off the pitch and ask the most of their teammates each night.
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