October 4, 2022

Javonte Green recently competed in the Denard Bros Pro Run in Chicago, and I can only imagine that was one of many slams in play:

  • While the roster may not have changed much this summer, it has changed enough to call Green’s future role into question. Not only will the return of Lonzo Ball and Patrick Williams fill the spots in the rotation, but Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond are two players who expect to score real minutes this season. On top of that, the Bulls recently re-signed Derrick Jones Jr. to a two-year deal, perhaps paving the way for him to become a more consistent replacement for Patrick Williams.
  • The good news for Green is that he has a skill set that head coach Billy Donovan can incorporate into places in the roster. He plays bigger than he is defensively and is constantly focused on the dirty work. While he doesn’t provide the kind of jumper the Bulls might want, he has the legs to run with this team in transition and cut hard to the half-court basket. But, again, this is all a numbers game. Ball, LaVine, DeRozan, Williams, Vucevic and Caruso are all locked in big minutes. Add Ayo Dosunmu – who certainly proved he deserves a stable role last season – and Andre Drumond as a great replacement, and we’re looking at an 8-man rotation. Even though Donovan has stretched it to ten on some nights, does Green get the nod on Dragic or White or rookie Dalen Terry?
  • Don’t get me wrong, depth is a good problem to have. But those are the kinds of conversations we need to start having as the regular season approaches. Despite a quiet offseason, whether thanks to new health or recent roster changes, things will still look a little different this season.
  • That said, Green is way ahead of some of his teammates in the experience department. And we all know how much the Bulls seem to appreciate that before this year. The word “continuity” might as well be tattooed on Arturas Karnisovas’ forehead, but he’s not the only one preaching that message either. After watching longtime powerhouses like the Warriors and Celtics battle it out in the NBA Finals, it sure seems like organizations across the league are valuing the long way more than we’ve seen in some time. And Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke about it in a recent interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks.

“When we lost in the conference final, I don’t think it was for lack of talent. I think the Warriors deserve a lot of credit because they’ve played together for so long, their execution has been phenomenal… It wasn’t so much talent as company knowledge. The experience of playing together for all these years and being in tough situations knowing what to do,” Cuban told Rooks.

  • After years and years of crazy player moves, is it possible things are finally slowing down? There’s simply no substitute for collective experience, and I think that could play a role in slowing down some of the superstar trades we’ve seen in recent years. We will see.
  • Ok, it’s official: I have to buy NBA 2K23. The game announced Thursday that it has created an all-new game mode that will allow players to step back in time to pivotal eras in NBA history. This will include an ability to enter The Jordan Era, where you can either play through the entire Bulls dynasty (and even prevent Jordan from retiring) or build a team capable of defeating the GOAT. The style of play and on-court rules will also reflect the period, which means you have to be prepared for plenty of mid-range shots and hand checking!
  • Great. Impressive. To like. Thanks.