Charles Barkley claims Billy Donovan made a mistake taking Bulls job
Barkley says the Bulls don’t have any good players on the roster:
Why isn’t it a good job?
Barkley: “They ain’t got no good players … He could’ve waited for a better job.”
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) September 23, 2020
The Bulls won only 22 games in 2019-20 before the season was suspended in March due to COVID-19. Chicago has the fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft as a result of its putrid season.
Billy Donovan coached the Oklahoma City Thunder for five years. He guided the team to the playoffs each season and even made it to the 2016 Western Conference Finals with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
However, it’s worth mentioning that the Thunder blew a 3-1 series lead to the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 WCF.
The Bulls’ roster is headlined by Zach LaVine, Coby White, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter. Defensive ace Kris Dunn is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, so he may or may not be on the team next season.
LaVine is an explosive scorer and will only get better over time. The two-time Slam Dunk champion averaged 25.5 points per game for Chicago in 2019-20 while shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from beyond the arc.
LaVine reportedly didn’t enjoy playing for Jim Boylen, and he’s excited to get to work with Donovan.
Markkanen’s first two years with the Bulls were pretty solid, but he regressed in 2019-20. The power forward supposedly didn’t get along with Boylen either, so Chicago fans are hoping The Finnisher will get back to his old ways under Donovan.
The Bulls haven’t made the playoffs since 2017. Charles Barkley clearly doesn’t think Donovan is going to have success in Chicago, but only time will tell if Chuck is right with his prediction.