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Three Bold Chicago Bulls Predictions For 2022-23

Three bold Chicago Bulls player predictions.
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Before we know it, the NBA season will be upon us. The Chicago Bulls are looking to run back their 2021-22 season with basically the same roster. "Continuity" has been preached by the front office this offseason. Since the team will compromise of mostly familiar faces, let's take a look at some bold player predictions for the upcoming season.

Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball Bulls

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In the first bold prediction is that Lonzo Ball appears in more than 60 games. There have been reports that he won't be ready and reports that he will be ready by the time the regular season starts in October. Ball has been dealing with a left knee injury, which he sustained in January.

The injury forced Ball to miss a majority of the 2021-22 season. Ball has only appeared in more than 60 games once in his NBA career. That was back in the 2019-20 season when he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

SeasonAgeTmLgPosGGSMPFGFGAFG%3P3PA3P%2P2PA2P%eFG%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS

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

2019-20

22

NOP

NBA

PG

63

54

32.1

4.4

10.9

.403

2.3

6.3

.375

2.0

4.6

.442

.511

0.7

1.2

.566

1.1

5.0

6.1

7.0

1.4

0.6

3.1

2.0

11.8

2020-21

23

NOP

NBA

PG

55

55

31.8

5.3

12.7

.414

3.1

8.3

.378

2.1

4.5

.482

.537

0.9

1.2

.781

0.6

4.2

4.8

5.7

1.5

0.6

2.2

1.9

14.6

2021-22

24

CHI

NBA

PG

35

35

34.6

4.6

10.9

.423

3.1

7.4

.423

1.5

3.5

.423

.567

0.6

0.8

.750

1.0

4.4

5.4

5.1

1.8

0.9

2.3

2.4

13.0

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Generated 8/24/2022.

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In the 35 games Ball appeared for the Bulls, they ranked top 10 in offensive and defensive efficiency. He truly seemed to be the glue that held the team together on both ends. There would be ball movement on the offensive end and a ton of help defense on the defensive end. If Ball can stay healthy and play more than 60 games, the Bulls will surely be a higher seed than most media outlets currently have them for next season.

Nikola Vucevic

Nikola Vucevic Bulls

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The second bold prediction is that Nikola Vucevic will be an All-Star once again. Vucevic had a solid year for the Bulls, but wasn't as effective as most fans would like. The 31-year-old averaged 17.6 PPG, 11.0 RPG, and 3.2 APG. He shot 47% from the field and a putrid 31% from downtown. Vucevic also added one steal and one block per game.

Fans need to understand that this was a new situation for the 11-year vet. Vucevic was used to being "the guy" when he was in Orlando with the Magic. After a year of finding his place within the Bulls system, look for him to return to form and make his second NBA All-Star team.

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan Bulls

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The final bold prediction is this, DeMar DeRozan will see the same success he achieved in 2021-22. In what was arguably the best season of his career, DeRozan showed media and fans alike he isn't going anywhere.

DeRozan shot a career-best from downtown at 35%. He scored the most points per game in his career at 27.9. The man was just unstoppable. It doesn't stop there, this isn't a one-off. DeRozan will once again show why his name belongs with other premier talents across the league.

If you haven't followed along this offseason, DeRozan has been working out with his younger teammates, playing in the "Drew League", and opening up about his feelings towards the media that doubted him. Hunger and greatness are what define DeRozan. Bulls fans will once again see that in 2022-23.