Don’t shoot the messenger, but Bleacher Report isn’t too crazy about the Chicago Bulls’ preferred starting five.
Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, and Nikola Vucevic will make up the 18th-best starting lineup in the Association next season, according to rankings Bleacher Report released Monday.
Of course, Ball’s health is one reason for the below-average projection. The other is the belief that the quintet who outscored opponents by double figures last season won’t be able to again mask the defensive deficiencies of DeRozan and Vucevic.
In the Eastern Conference, the Raptors, Heat, Hawks, Cavs, Bucks, Nets, Sixers, and Celtics all placed ahead of the Bulls.
Meanwhile, the defending champion Warriors are deemed to have the best starting lineup in basketball.
If it’s any consolation to Chicago Bulls fans, these rankings originate from the same platform that called DeRozan last summer’s worst offseason signing.
And, well, everybody makes mistakes.
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