As the season came to a close Wednesday night in Chicago, it is time to roll out report cards for each player on the roster.
Disclaimer: Any player who has under ten games played with the Bulls is not on the list. Major factors are the numbers they put up, in-game contributions, and growth throughout the season.
Ryan Arcidiacono: D-
One of the Summer League standouts who was given a Two-Way contract that did not live up to the Summer League hype. He has only appeared in 22 games this season, clocking in just over 11.5 MPG with little contributions on the court. He played a vital role when the Bulls needed plugs at Point Guard due to injuries.
Omer Asik: F
A key part of the Bulls runs during the Derrick Rose era, Asik has seen more bench then court in his return. He has not been vocal as a veteran, lowering his grade. It’s not completely his fault, as other coaching factors have come into play, but not a lot has gone in his favor for high marks.
Antonio Blakeney: C-
The other Summer League standout who got a Two-Way contract faired a bit better. In just under 20 games this year, Blakeney put up 7.9 PPG. His grade is weighted looking over the long course of the season, but he did play a vital role when Kris Dunn went down during the season.
Kris Dunn: B
Dunn had a great sophomore season with his biggest issue being health issues down the stretch. This cut down his on court time drastically, but he was still able to put up solid numbers. He averaged just over 30 minutes a game with 13.4 PPG and 6.0 APG. He became a first unit leader running the offense which played a key factor in the growth early in the season.
Cristiano Felicio: D-
It was a really tough season for Felicio, especially when you look at his production and then his contract. 5.4 PPG and 4.2 RPG are not going to cut it for almost Eight Million a year. He gets one of the lowest grade to contract worth ratios on the list.
Jerian Grant: B-
As a guard who started and came off the bench this season, he was able to get some consistency this season. 8.4 PPG and 4.7 APG were decent for 22.6 MPG during the season. It was an overall decent season for a Guard who appeared in almost every game.
Justin Holiday: C+
Holiday, like most of the Bulls roster, saw career numbers this season with 12.2 PPG, 2.1 APG all in over 30 minutes per game this season. Holiday had to deal with LaVine’s return and seeing time split more between the first and second unit. He played it off well and kept playing at a high level.
Zach LaVine: B+
In his return, LaVine shined during the second half of the season. There was some consistency issues,which were expected, but he overcame them in the first few games. He became one of the leading scores for the team with 16.7 PPG down the stretch, giving the could be superstar a high grade for his time this season.
Robin Lopez: A+
The only A+ on this list, Lopez gets high marks for his play and how he handled the benching’s as the season neared its end. He kept being a leader for the young players, and did not complain about losing playing time. For all he has been through, he could get an A++
Lauri Markkanen: B+
The rookie shined in his first season. The Finnish star averaged 15.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG. He has developed rapidly over the season, and has given the Front Office a could be Home Run. His back issues did become concerning during the year, and will be something to keep an eye on.
David Nwaba: C
Playing mostly a backup role all season long, he racked up just over 23 minutes per game while contributing 7.5 PPG and 4.6 RPG.
Cameron Payne: C-
Not an F? Probably what most of you are thinking, but in the limited court time over the season, Payne poured in 8.7 PPG, 4.3 APG, and 2.7 RPG. He did grow over the course of the season, helping his grade.
Bobby Portis: B
The Portis and Mirotic saga is done. Mirotic is gone and Portis is here contributing for the team. The Big-Man has added a lot off the bench in 13.2 PPG and 6.8 RPG to highlight his effort. He kept up consistent numbers the entire season giving him one of the better grades.
Denzel Valentine: B-
Trying to stay healthy was going to be the biggest obstacle going into the season, and Valentine has overcome that with great strides. He finished the season with 10.2 PPG and 5.1 RPG.
Noah Vonleh: D+
Creatint chemistry with new teammates his hard and Vonleh has done his best since coming over in a trade with Portland. He has struggled on the offensive side of ball all season wrong, and having him take up a roster spot is tough to see moving forward.
Paul Zipser: F
For the hype Zipser got at the end of last year, much more was expected of the second year pro. With only 4.0 PPG to show for his efforts, a pink slip from the Bulls could be coming this offseason. Zipser lacked growth throughout the season, causing his marks to be so low.