It's been a while since there's been hope for Chicago Bulls fans. Now, however, they enter this season with a revamped front office, a new coach with a great feel for developing young players, and plenty of talent, including the 4th overall pick of this year's Draft.
The Chicago Bulls showed glimpses of great play last year but were held back more often than not by their coach. Now, Billy Donovan will help them take their game up a notch and - at least - try and make a playoff run even if it ends on a first-round exit.
Needless to say, the Bulls are still years away from being a true contender. Nonetheless, they're taking steps in the right direction for the first time in years, and that's encouraging. That's why today, we'll break down their projected starting lineup for next season.
Bench: Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono, Devon Dotson, Denzel Valentine, Garrett Temple, Adam Mokoka, Zach Norvell Jr., Patrick Williams, Chandler Hutchison, Thaddeus Young, Marko Simonovic, Noah Vonleh, Daniel Gafford, Luke Kornet, Cristiano Felicio
Point Guard: Coby White
There were a lot of people who doubted Coby White's ability to be a solid player in the NBA. And even though it took him a while during his rookie season, he broke out towards the second half of the year and it's clear that he can be a walking bucket for many years to come.
The game is still slowing down for him and that's a scary thought for the rest of the league. White can score in bunches and has improved as a playmaker and decision-maker. The defense will continue to be an issue for the foreseeable future, though.
Shooting Guard: Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine could be the biggest beneficiary of the Chicago Bulls' new coaching staff. He clearly wasn't on the same page with Jim Boylen and Boylen held him back more often than making him better. Now, he'll have the green light to really thrive.
There's no denying Zach LaVine's talent. He's got the upside to become an All-Star next season and you know he's determined to prove that he's way more than a dunker. Once again, the defense with him and Coby White next to each other is a concern.
Small Forward: Otto Porter Jr
Luckily for them, the Chicago Bulls will have Otto Porter Jr back at full strength for next season, which is great news for their defense. He's one of the most versatile young wing defenders in the league and exactly the kind of player they need right now.
Nonetheless, most people would tell you that the Bulls should try and start Patrick Williams at some point in the season, and they're right. Williams is likely going to slide into the starting five after the All-Star break to see what he truly got.
Power Forward: Lauri Markkanen
Well, while it's pretty safe to state that Lauri Markkanen didn't end up being the second coming of Kristaps Porzingis as some people anticipated, he's still pretty solid. To be fair, no one could thrive on Boylen's system and he was misused from the start.
Markkanen is an efficient shooter from all three levels and has improved as a rebounder. He's bulked up in the offseason as well, which is going to help him finish through contact and be more aggressive. Hopefully, he'll also get more involved in help defense.
Center: Wendell Carter Jr
Wendell Carter Jr has often been the scapegoat for the Chicago Bulls, in terms of him being one of their most tradeable young players. Even so, parting ways with him would be a massive mistake given his upside as a rim protector and roll-man.
Carter Jr gave up on his shot during Boylen's tenure but he should be more involved on the offense now. He's a great rim-runner and he's capable of pulling up from beyond the arc as well. Hopefully, he'll stay healthy throughout the season, which is the biggest question mark over his head.