Could Lonzo Ball Be The Right Fit For The Chicago Bulls?

Lonzo could be a trade piece in a potential Anthony Davis to the Lakers deal. Is this worth it for the Bulls?

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The Chicago Bulls have the seventh pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which takes place Thursday, June 20th. This likely means Ja Morant and Darius Garland will be off the board. Those two are the top-ranked Point Guards coming out of the draft which makes the Bulls decision a difficult one.

Do the Bulls keep the pick and draft best available? Or do they try and trade the pick away for a player that could fit their system?

Noted above is how the Bulls have inquired about the Lakers young Point Guard. Lonzo could be a trade piece in a potential Anthony Davis to the Lakers deal. Is this worth it for the Bulls? Lonzo has had trouble staying healthy only appearing in 99 out of a possible 164 games. Lonzo also has struggled shooting from the free-throw line and from deep.

Per Game Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2017-18 20 LAL NBA PG 52 50 34.2 3.9 10.8 .360 1.7 5.7 .305 2.2 5.2 .420 .440 0.6 1.4 .451 1.3 5.6 6.9 7.2 1.7 0.8 2.6 2.3 10.2
2018-19 21 LAL NBA PG 47 45 30.3 3.9 9.7 .406 1.6 4.9 .329 2.3 4.9 .482 .488 0.4 1.0 .417 1.1 4.2 5.3 5.4 1.5 0.4 2.2 2.4 9.9
Career NBA 99 95 32.4 3.9 10.3 .380 1.7 5.3 .315 2.3 5.0 .449 .461 0.5 1.2 .437 1.2 4.9 6.2 6.4 1.6 0.6 2.4 2.3 10.0
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/10/2019.
Though in his second season he did raise his averages from the field, he dipped 3% from the charity stripe. Lonzo also had his assist numbers dip 2 per game from 7.4APG to 5.2APG. That could be due to LeBron James being the primary ball handler for the club though.

What Lonzo would bring would be elite court vision and elite defensive skills. Before Lonzo went down with an ankle injury he was the top rated Point Guard in forced turnovers.

The video above is just a small sample size of what Lonzo can do on the defensive side of the ball. Adding him along Zach LaVine will help mask Zach’s defensive liabilities. Adding Ball alongside Otto Porter Jr and Wendell Carter Jr. gives the Bulls three viable options on the defensive side of the ball.

Though Lonzo has struggled with his jump shot since entering the league his ability to get to the rim and open up the wings will be a huge upgrade. Lonzo will have shooters all around him which should help the team flourish offensively.

It’s just an idea, but maybe it could work? Lonzo could use a change of scenery. With LeBron James being the primary ball handler for L.A, Lonzo won’t be able to reach his full potential to play the game how he plays it.


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