Previewing the 2022-23 Chicago Bulls

September 18th, 2022

By Alan Lu

Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan are a potent duo that will look to take the Chicago Bulls back to the playoffs in 2023.
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The Chicago Bulls had a very good season last year, as they were able to make it to the playoffs before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.  They had strong seasons out of Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan.  DeRozan scored 41 points to get Chicago their lone playoff win in Game 2 of their first round series against Milwaukee, and they also signed LaVine to a max contract in the offseason.  They also drafted Dalen Terry this summer.  While the Eastern Conference has been getting increasingly more competitive, there’s hope amongst Bulls’ fans that they could make a trip back to the playoffs.

Star Players:

G Zach LaVine and G-F DeMar DeRozan

Zach LaVine is a very athletic combo guard that has strong offensive skills, and he recently signed a max contract to stay with the Bulls in the offseason.  DeMar DeRozan is a very skilled combo forward that has strong scoring skills as well as a very good mid-range game, and he scored 41 points in Game 2 to get Chicago their lone playoff win in their first round series loss to Milwaukee.

Additions:

G-F Dalen Terry, C Andre Drummond, and G Goran Dragić

Dalen Terry is an athletic, energetic swingman that played very well at the Las Vegas Summer League, and he is an athletic slasher that showed off solid defensive skills as well as an improved outside shot.  Andre Drummond has been a fairly solid rim protector for various NBA teams.  Goran Dragic is an agile, shot-making combo guard that is a former All-Star, but is coming off his worst season yet, as he struggled to shoot well last year.

Subtractions:

C Tristan Thompson, G-F Troy Brown Jr., and G Matt Thomas

They lost three role players, all of whom are replaceable, so the Bulls may not miss them that much.  They replaced Thompson with Andre Drummond, Troy Brown’s role was essentially filled by Dalen Terry, and Matt Thomas was an end of the bench shooting combo guard, so they could give his minutes to Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, and Coby White.

Rookies:

G-F Dalen Terry and F Justin Lewis

Minutes may be hard to come by early on for Dalen Terry, but he is a talented rookie that could crack the Bulls’ rotation, especially since he had a strong summer this year.  He is an athletic swingman that defends very well, and he also showed the ability to thrive in a complementary role on offense, as he’s shown improved shooting and scoring skills.

Expected Rotation:

Patrick Williams is a rising star forward that can really shoot the basketball, and though he’s sometimes struggled to stay healthy, he is an athletic combo forward that will be a solid 3 and D player for the Bulls for the upcoming NBA season.
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Projected Starting Lineup:

C Nikola Vučević

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F Patrick Williams

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F DeMar DeRozan

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G Zach LaVine

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G Lonzo Ball

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Key Bench Players:

Alex Caruso and Ayo Dosunmu will lead the Bulls’ bench into the 2022-23 NBA season.
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G Alex Caruso

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G Ayo Dosunmu

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G Coby White

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F Derrick Jones Jr.

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C Andre Drummond

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G-F Javonte Green

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G-F Dalen Terry

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C Tony Bradley

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C Marko Simonovic

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G Goran Dragić

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F Malcolm Hill (Two-Way)

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F Justin Lewis* (Two-Way) (injured, out for the season)

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Others in Camp:

F Kostas Antetokounmpo (Exhibit 10)

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G Carlik Jones (Exhibit 10)

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G Javon Freeman-Liberty (Exhibit 10)

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Head Coach:

Chicago Bulls’ head coach, Billy Donovan was able to lead his team to the playoffs last season.
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Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Billy Donovan
2021-22 (CHI): 46-36, 1-4 in the playoffs
Career: 320-234, 19-27 in the NBA Playoffs

Billy Donovan is a veteran head coach that helped lead his team to get to the first round of the playoffs, and he also helped lead his team to have an above average offense last year.  He has his work cut out for him this year, but he is a former college champion as a head coach at Florida, and he will ensure the Bulls to be competitive, as they will compete for a playoff spot in 2023.

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Outlook:

The Chicago Bulls were able to sneak up on teams to get into the playoffs last year, but it won’t be as easy for them to do so this year, as they will be facing still competition out in the Eastern Conference.
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Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Last year, the Chicago Bulls surprised people by winning 46 games in the regular season and by making it into the playoffs, and they even won a game against the Milwaukee Bucks before losing their first-round series to them in five games.

This time around, it’ll be tougher for them, and they won’t be able to easily sneak up on teams like they did last season.  They’ll have a healthy Patrick Williams for a full season, who will provide sound 3 and D skills for them, Lonzo Ball will be a solid ball mover and defender when healthy, and Nikola Vucevic will provide points and rebounds for them in the paint.  On the other hand, there is still a lot of competition out in the East. Even more, Lonzo Ball has had a lingering knee injury that may cause him to miss the early part of the season, and he played a vital role last year, as they were 22-13 with him, and 24-23 without him during the regular season. Either way, the Bulls will need a healthy Lonzo Ball, and they will need to defend better and show that they are a strong enough team to be able to make it back to the postseason.

Projected 2022-23 Win-Loss Record and Finish:
Projected Regular Season Finish: 43-39, 9th in the Eastern Conference
Expected Playoff Finish: Projected to lose in the play-in tournament, projected to miss the playoffs

I went to Basketball-Reference and Spotrac to look up some information for this write-up.  It will be an exciting basketball season this year, and the NBA season will start on October 18th.  Thank you for reading my write-up of the 2023 Chicago Bulls.

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