Zach LaVine says Bulls will make playoffs next season if they stay healthy
Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine says the team will make the playoffs next season if they stay healthy.
The Bulls have been riddled with injuries this season. Chicago is going to finish with one of the worst records in the NBA again. They enter Saturday at 22-57.
If Bulls stay healthy next season, are they a playoff team?
“Yeah, automatically,” Zach LaVine said.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 6, 2019
Lauri Markkanen missed the first 23 games of the season after suffering an elbow injury in training camp. Wendell Carter Jr. only played in 44 games this season. The rookie big man underwent surgery on his left thumb in January.
Small forward Denzel Valentine didn’t play at all this season. He underwent ankle surgery. LaVine, the Bulls’ leading scorer, has appeared in 63 games. He’s missed games here and there due to ankle and knee issues.
Chicago acquired Otto Porter Jr. from the Washington Wizards at the February trade deadline. The team played some fun basketball with Porter in the lineup.
The Bulls’ projected starting lineup for next season is Kris Dunn, LaVine, Porter, Markkanen, and Carter. Chicago is hoping to land a top-five pick in the 2019 NBA Draft as well.
Chicago is missing the playoffs this season for the second consecutive year. Next season will be an important one in The Windy City. The team has to show improvement from this season.