It is no secret that the Chicago Bulls are in the midst of a rebuilding era. It has some young talent on their roster right now as well as a few solid picks in the up coming NBA draft. With the team’s focus shifting towards the future, it is important to evaluate some of the young pieces that they do have to build around.
The first and most notable by far is All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler. At 27 years old, Butler led the Bulls this past season averaging 24 points per game. Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league but for some reason Chicago keeps hinting towards trading him so it can rebuild. Rebuild? Why not rebuild around your best young piece that is already proven? Not to mention he is an absolute beast on both ends of the floor and has definitely has exhibited the clutch gene in his young career.
Zipser is another wing player that showed a lot of promise during this season for the Chicago Bulls. Paul Zipser had no hype coming into the season but surprised us all giving the Bulls good minutes down the stretch. He showed that he isn’t afraid to take big shots. He has a great stroke from beyond the arc and also exhibited quickness and strength when finishing around the rim.
Bobby Portis came up huge for the Bulls in game one of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. Portis showed great poise on the road in his first career playoff game as he had 19 points and nine rebounds while contributing with a few key blocks on the defensive end. He runs the floor well and can stretch his range out to the 3-point line as well as finish inside around the rim. His timing and footwork make him a strong rebounder as well as a solid capable defender.
Valentine was the Bulls’ first round pick last year in the 2016 draft. He is a player that as a Bulls fan, he gave a lot of excitement. He has the ability to heat up in a hurry and with his length and athleticism, he could become a really solid defender. Valentine didn’t receive a lot of minutes this year however with increased usage, he has the skill set and body type to really develop into a good NBA player. He did have ankle surgery last week. He should be ready to come back strong next season.
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