There are a lot of comments flying around about how this Bulls team is fun and playing basketball the right way. Definitely issues with turnovers and defense and the biggest need is that killer instinct/learning how to win.
Nothing really to argue here. Other than that last point of instilling confidence, is there anything that can be changed? Are turnovers inevitable with this style of play? You've talked in the past about the players being so much bigger and faster now and it's a legitimate conversation that maybe we need a larger court. On the flip side, would a larger court make the league-wide lack of defense go completely nonexistent? I'm not sure what we can do about the current defense. Is it that playing a motion offense with high pace of play and a lot of deep shooting puts the defense in a vulnerable state more often anyway? Our interior defense could use an enforcer or rim protector for sure, but those types of players tend not to fit in with the high pace of play, and the ones that could fit are not readily available.
I'm really at a loss for solutions on which direction we can go. Another example is that a more traditional facilitating point guard would help reduce turnovers. Then again, we definitely want to keep multiple scorers on the court and it's not like those guys that can do both are really common or available. The best solution may be to just see how it plays out with Coby.
We have a good mix of young talent and quality veteran depth. We are winning games and in the ones that we are losing. It's exciting at the very least! I say let it ride instead of selling guys off for future assets. This team can make it to the playoffs, and that's good enough for now. The continuity will be better for developing the young guys. And we may even find a solid core to go forward with.
I just wonder what AK is thinking. Is he excited for these players or does he want to build his own team from scratch? That's what matters in the end. Either way, what's happening is a win-win for him. There is hope for success, positive attention for the franchise, and rising trade values. He's got to be happy. I am.
Best sub-.500 month in team history, eh? Again, we don't know what they are thinking, but my sense is they are thinking like you are. Probably in a bigger house with a better car. I know fans and mostly media generally look at teams for the pure talent and what can enhance that, but I think the comparison issue with that is the finances. The salary cap has to take a hit at some point with the lack of fans, and the Bulls have several of their main players coming up for perhaps huge extensions. Are they part of the future? Build around them? Make changes? Those probably are some of the bigger concerns, especially when few seem to believe that No. 1 guy is here. Maybe it becomes Williams. Maybe Zach, who is closest. The way the game is played now with all the long shooting and the severe limitations to basically guarding anyone away from the rim without fouling, I still believe you can prioritize offense and play that way, as the Bulls have been. Even the best teams only have one or two really good defenders. Williams certainly will be one. With these elite teams you have to keep scoring. Probably more ball control from a facilitator, though maybe Williams develops into the Pippen/Kawhi point forward type. More size at the basket. Maybe Gafford still is growing. But at least everyone's not looking at the draft any more as good as this one is supposed to be.