By: Robert Weihofen
Ever since Kris Dunn has been sidelined, the Bulls have been on a skid once again. The team looks like the one that opened the season before Mirotic made his triumph return to the lineup and sparked the young team. After four straight loses, Fred Hoiberg stated there is going to be a tough practice, but it will remain to be seen if that helps the team.
The Second Year player was having a season that was proving some doubters wrong about where he was picked int he draft last year. Up until his injury, he was averaging 13.7 PPG while adding 6.4 APG and 4.6 RPG. He had grown over the season into a good young floor commander for the Bulls. Losing him on the first unit is a major chemistry blow for them. Zach LaVine was just getting into a grove with Dunn as his Point, and Lauri Markkanen had shown to be getting some great minutes in with Dunn.
If Dunn is out for an extended period of time, it will fall on on someone like Jerian Grant to step up and take on more minutes. LaVine could play some point guard, but his foucs is shooting guard for the time being. They need him to space the floor with Markkanen while Dunn runs everything. With that being said, Grant is going to have to take one that role if Dunn can’t return sooner rather then later.
Dunn’s absence has hurt the Bulls winning games, but it has helped them in the draft. The Bulls are closing in on the leagues worst record once again, and could be on the outside looking in for one of the top three draft spots again. After the failure of the Front Office earlier today to close a deal with New Orleans that would have brought another first round pick to Chicago, the Bulls need all the help they can get. The Bulls made a move a landed Markkanen in the 2017 draft, with the magic seamlessly done for now and the winning ways gone, will the Bulls land a top pick heading into 2018?