Bulls’ new starting lineup if they successfully add Jabari Parker
After an ugly 2017-18 NBA season in which they finished with 27-55 record, the Chicago Bulls are looking to rebound, while also establishing what they believe could be their lineup of the future.
With restricted free agent Jabari Parker reportedly nearing an agreement with the Bulls, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune tried to picture what Chicago’s starting lineup could look like, according to the team’s initial plans, beginning next season.
Early plan is to start Jabari Parker at SF and use lineup of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez/Wendell Carter Jr.
That’s a very young unit, especially if rookie Wendell Carter Jr. will win the job over Robin Lopez. Although LaVine and Parker both have four years of experience in the NBA, they are not exactly what most basketball fans would call as seasoned veterans. That’s not to mention that serious knee injuries have caused the two to get sidelined for a ton of games.
A backcourt composed of Dunn and LaVine is likely to struggle stretching the floor, as neither player are knockdown shooters from behind the arc. Nonetheless, it’s an athletic combo that could be a nightmare in transition. Parker and Markkanen will provide much of the scoring and versatility for the group, while Carter will serve as a back-to-the-basket scoring option and offer rim protection.
Nothing is set in stone yet regarding lineup configurations in Windy City. Parker is not even a Bull yet. In any case, this only shows that Chicago is in a position to develop what could be its team of the future.