I'm getting more and more upset with my fellow Bulls fans. I´m hearing Williams is a bust, (the free agent) is washed and the core is still together. Damn it, people even find the time to argue about Felicio. This is how I see it, we have talent on the roster! The kids are ok. Superstars? Most likely not and usually it takes two of those to be a serious contender. Superstars are usually not signing with the Bulls in FA. So you draft them or trade for them. Trading might be difficult, but our best chance is to develop our young guys and grow their value. So it makes sense to give the roster the chance to prove itself with a better coach and a new system. But now we are getting to my second point, do I want to make a move that makes me in the short run better but nowhere near a contender? My answer is no! The next two drafts will be stacked with talent. I am more than happy to see growth next year and be worse than the Hawks. Be a 10th or 11th seed in the East (which would be my assumed worst case for the roster as it is constructed and I think with no fans in the stands ownership will not worry too much about attendance), and get a chance to draft an All Star once more or use the pick and some of our core to get a proven star. I would have been disappointed if we mortgaged our future for Jrue Holiday and a Bojan Bogdanvic sign and trade. So fellow Bulls fans stay patient, stop worrying about Valentine & Felicio and instead root for development.
Good advice, Arturas. I mean, Sven. I do think Williams will be a good one. He's on the young side of 19, so consider the Jimmy Butler comparison I often hear. Jimmy was drafted at 22 and didn't average in double figures until 24. Williams should come faster playing for a losing team compared to Jimmy's Rose/Thibodeau Bulls. But at least for now it does seem Karnisovas has adopted something of the Denver Nuggets' organic game plan of building a team less from free agency and trade than the draft, development and discriminating trades. Though development isn't a panacea, either. It's often somewhat overstated as a path to success. I believe players mostly develop on their own, whether through off season training or their personal commitment. After all, they have more time away from the team than with the team.
What the new Bulls have to figure out, obviously, is whether previous judgments on Carter, Markkanen, Hutchison and Gafford were accurate. I think they know regarding Coby and Zach, though for them it's more fit than feature. Though it's not mentioned much, I think one huge potential problem for Donovan is playing time regarding Porter, Young and Satoransky. None are fully guaranteed after this season, and all would be valuable veterans for playoff teams. So all will be trying out for 2021 free agency. They're all good guys and serious players, but you don't sacrifice for team when that team isn't a serious contender. No one is going to be satisfied sitting around watching to see if Williams, Carter and Markkanen can play. So perhaps there are trades to come. That's, again, the problem with having not played in Orlando. Out of sight, out of trade talk. Where even undrafted players like Duncan Robinson became something. Suddenly rookie Tyler Herro probably is considered more valuable than Markkanen, though a lesser talent, after playing in an enclosed environment with no fans and no road games. We finally get to hear from these Bulls players Tuesday, if not see them, for the first time in almost nine months. Other than that relatively meaningless local bubble thing they did in late September. Despite the lack of major change, that alone makes it interesting because we really have no idea what we'll see and who they are. I'm intrigued. Local NBA again, finally!