Even with the season on suspension and the future regarding the 2019-20 NBA schedule still unknown, the Chicago Bulls were definitely not going to make the playoffs. Here at On Tap Sports Net, we figured we would take a look at each position, break down the players that spent time at those positions, and dish out end-of-season grades on their performances.
Wendell Carter Jr.
In his second season out of Duke, former first-round pick Wendell Carter looked to be a bright spot for the Bulls. Defensively, he showed flashes of a legitimate interior threat to opposing defenses. On the offensive side of the ball, his performance was that of an above-average big. The two-way potential here is what has most Bulls fans excited.
Per 36, Wendell averaged 13.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG, and 1 BPG. Those are pretty decent numbers for a guy who plays out of his comfort zone in the low-post (yes, that was a shot at Coach Boylen). All in all, Wendell gets a C this year. The reason behind that is he has not stayed healthy in his first two years in the league. It’s hard to build with someone who cannot stay on the court.
2019-20 NBA Season Final Grade: C
The 2019 second-round pick out of Arkansas showed true promise as an interior defender in his first year in the NBA. It was widely known that Gafford could have been a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft if he had forgone his sophomore season at Arkansas. The Bulls may have hit gold with this pick.
Gafford didn’t see much playing time through the first 13 games of the season, but when his number was called upon against Milwaukee on November 18th, Daniel didn’t disappoint. He posted 21 points on 10-12 shooting, two blocks, and five rebounds in 20 minutes played. In that game alone, he solidified himself as a rotational player.
His offensive game and rebounding still need work, but that will come with time. His interior shot-blocking and energy are what fans are most excited about.
The Per 36 stats speak for themselves, and if he can get consistent playing time, he will be a vital piece moving forward.
2019-20 NBA Season Final Grade: B
Cool-hand Luke entered the season as the number two center on the depth chart. A 7-foot-2 center who could stretch the floor and hit threes at a consistent clip is exactly what the Bulls were looking for. Unfortunately for them, that didn’t happen.
Luke fell out of favor rather quickly as his defense was poor and he wasn’t shooting the ball well. When the Bulls acquired Kornet, he was a career 36% shooter from downtown. In 36 games played for the Bulls this year, he shot just 28%.
Kornet battled a few injuries throughout the season and simply did not live up to the expectations the front office and fans had for him. Luke did have a few scoring outbursts this season to help bump this grade up a bit, but only minimally.
2019-20 NBA Season Final Grade: D-
If Cristiano is in your rotation, you’re probably a bad team. That’s it. That’s the review.
2019-20 NBA Season Final Grade: F
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