The Chicago Bulls’ new-look roster featuring DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball sure looks tasty.
Ball left the New Orleans Pelicans after two years in the Big Easy as soon as he could on Monday night. He initially began his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, but hopes to find long-term success in Chicago. DeRozan arrives in Chicago by way of a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs. Thaddeus Young is heading to the Spurs, while DeRozan inks a three-year, $85 million deal.
These two massive moves may be what it takes to get the Bulls back into the postseason picture.
Chicago Bulls projected starting lineup with DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball
- Point Guard: Lonzo Ball
- Shooting Guard: Zach LaVine
- Small Forward: DeMar DeRozan
- Power Forward: Patrick Williams
- Center: Nikola Vucevic
One lineup that gets Ball and DeRozan on the floor at the same time looks like this. Ball will start at point guard with All-Star Zach LaVine playing off him at shooting guard. In a bit of a small-ball lineup, DeRozan moves down to small forward and Patrick Williams handles power forward responsibilities. Manning the center position will be veteran All-Star big man Nikola Vucevic.
While this lineup looks great on paper, what the Ball and DeRozan additions do is ensure the Bulls they will have at least one high-end backcourt player on the floor at all times between them and LaVine. Williams, a breakout start to watch after being last year’s No. 4 pick, could be forced back into a bench role if Bulls head coach Billy Donovan wants a more experienced big man at the four. Vucevic is about as solid as they come when playing center.
By acquiring Ball and DeRozan, the Bulls should be one of the eight best teams in the East and potentially host a first-round playoff series as a No. 4 seed.