3 bold predictions for Lonzo Ball in his first season with the Chicago Bulls
Ball and the Bulls agreed to a 4-year $85 million deal. This was expected, but still a big move for Chicago, which finally found its franchise point guard.
Ball is a perfect fit next to All-Star guard Zach Lavine, as he can defend and make plays at an elite level. Last season, Ball averaged 14.6 points per game along with 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He also had 1.5 steals per game, showing his defensive value. The most important improvement for Ball was his shooting. He shot an efficient 37.8 percent from three and improved his free threw shooting from 56.6 percent to 78.1 percent.
Ball will look to make a big impact for the Bulls this season.
Here are 3 bold predictions for Lonzo Ball in his first season with the Chicago Bulls.
3. Lonzo Ball averages over 8 assists per game
A big part of Ball’s game is his playmaking ability, and it will be elevated with the Bulls. Last season, the Pelicans had him play more time off the ball, which is not the role he should play. Ball thrives at being the orchestrator of the offense and will make a big impact on the Bulls’ offense.
With Ball being the main handler, his assist numbers should jump up to 8 or more per game. He has great offensive talent around him in Lavine and All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. Look for Ball’s production to go up with the Bulls next season.
2. Ball shoots 39 percent from 3-point land
The main criticism of Ball has always been his shooting ability, but he has drastically improved. There is no reason he won’t take another jump in shooting percentage as he seems to always be working on his game.
If Ball can shoot 39 percent or better from behind the arc, the Bulls’ offense will be on a whole different level.
1. Ball averages 15 points per game
Another area where Ball could improve is his scoring ability. He has improved in that department over the past couple of seasons, going from 11.8 to 14.6 points per game. Ball has the ability to get average more than 15 points per game, especially in an offense that fits him.
Lavine and Ball are set to make for a dynamic backcourt and also have an All-Star quality center in Vucevic. Look for Ball’s scoring production to go up in the 2021-22 season.
This was a fantastic move for the Bulls as it puts them in a position to make the playoffs. Ball is still a young point guard and still has the potential to be an All-Star quality player. He has finally found a good situation to be in and will excel with his new team.
The Bulls have continued to make moves for a playoff push by signing former Lakers guard Alex Caruso to a 4 year $37 million deal. He will bring energy and effort every night on the floor. Caruso is also a great three-point shooter and defender that will help the Bulls bench unit thrive next season.
The Bulls are bound to make the playoffs, and could even make a deep run if they can add some wings. While they won’t be competing for a championship just yet, the Bulls are in a prime position to make some noise next season.