NBA.com released its annual GM survey on Tuesday. The query consists of GMs across the league answering questions such as, “Which team will win the NBA Finals?” or “Who will win the NBA MVP Award?”.
In that same vein, GMs were asked, “Who will be the most improved team in 2021-22?” Coming in with 27% of the vote are the Chicago Bulls. Amongst NBA GMs, the Bulls are the most popular pick to be the most improved team in the NBA. It isn’t hard to see why. Artūras Karnišovas and Marc Eversley have completely revamped the roster.
There are only four Bulls’ players remaining from the 2020-21 NBA season. Only two of them are from the former regime of Gar Forman and John Paxson: Zach LaVine and Coby White. The third player is Patrick Williams, whom Karnišovas and Eversley drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The fourth is Nikola Vucevic, whom Karnisovas and Eversley acquired at the 2020 NBA trade deadline.
DeMar DeRozan, a four-time NBA All-Star, joined the squad alongside high-upside point guard Lonzo Ball in the offseason as well. The new front office added a plethora of bench talent on top of the “star signings.” Among the expected starting five, the Bulls have seven All-Star appearances in their lineup. Zach LaVine owns one, DeRozan has four, and Vucevic has two.
Let’s hope the NBA GMs are on to something here and winning basketball returns to the Madhouse on Madison.