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Why the Bulls Should Start Ayo Dosunmu in Lonzo Ball’s Absence

Dosunmu has started five games to date this season and he’s proven he’s deserving of further opportunities in Lonzo Ball’s absence.

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Alright, I get it. Is it the right move to start a rookie? A second-round rookie? Well, I’m here to tell you, I think it is the right move. Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan should insert Ayo Dosunmu into the starting lineup in Lonzo Ball’s absence. Ball is currently sidelined with a meniscus tear in his left knee that will take 6-8 weeks of recovery time after surgery.

Why Ayo Dosunmu Should Start

Ayo Dosunmu has been on a tear when seeing consistent minutes. In the five games he’s started this season, Dosunmu has often been tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best wing. And he’s risen to the occasion on both ends of the court time and time again.

In those five games, Dosunmu is averaging 14 PPG, 7 APG, and 4.6 RPG. He is shooting a staggering 76% from the floor and 66% from three-point range while averaging 38.5 minutes per game in those contests. Now, with more minutes those averages will come down, but that isn’t a problem.

Dosunmu provides defense, hustle, vision, and a high basketball IQ. The Illinois product can run the point guard position as well. The highlight above shows just how effective he can be. Dosunmu doesn’t force anything on the offensive end; he lets the game come to him instead. That poise will be beneficial once Zach LaVine gets back into the Bulls’ lineup. Dosunmu knows how to get his teammates involved while generating production of his own. And honestly, that’s damn impressive for a rookie.

What About Coby White?

This proposition isn’t a slight against Coby White either. White has been absolutely balling over the past 14 games. He’s a microwave scorer, a role the Bulls desperately need off the bench. Now that Alex Caruso is back and healthy, Billy Donovan should utilize the White-Caruso combination off the bench. One is a hard-nosed defender and the other is a volume scorer, which greatly benefits the Bulls when their starters need a blow.

At the end of the day, I believe Ayo Dosunmu has earned a starting role in Lonzo Ball’s absence. He complements every player around him and does the little things to impact each and every game. It won’t be easy without Ball on the court, but the Bulls have a legitimate rookie point guard poised to break out in his absence.

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Terry Clark
Terry Clark
3 months ago

Good and valid points but he’s still a rookie and will eventually hit the rookie wall with more playing time. We should start the more experienced Coby White.

Michael McHaney
Michael McHaney
3 months ago

I’m confused why people like you continue to write these stones about who “food’ start even he’s already starting. Makes no sense. Nothing else to write about I guess

Michael McHaney
Michael McHaney
3 months ago

** “Should”

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