The Chicago Bulls telegraphed their anticipation of Lonzo Ball’s absence continuing into the regular season. Their entire offseason quite possibly could have gone the same way had he been healthy but it certainly aligns with their current circumstances.
Now though, they must make the right choice of fill-in for their starting point guard as Ball faces a lengthy road to recovery even when he does get cleared for basketball activity again.
All of their options offer something different.
While the Bulls have several veteran options they could turn to, there has been a push to let second-year guard Ayo Dosunmu take over the reins until Ball returns – the team is said to view the youngster as a future starter. But there is also a strong case against it and it has everything to do with youth.
Bulls Need Consistency
The Bulls’ window for contention with this group is now. Their time without Ball has to be managed well enough that they are at least in the playoff picture when he returns. And, with their tough slate out of the gates, they need a steadying hand.
“When his minutes climbed in the second half of the season, Dosunmu showed signs of fatigue,” writes The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry. “His surprising 3-point accuracy fell from 40.7 percent before the All-Star break to 31.7 percent after the break…The Bulls need consistently reliable performers around [DeMar] DeRozan, [Zach] LaVine, and Nikola V