Gafford's Skillset, Carter Jr. Is Still Very Young, How Bulls Could Manage Minutes, and Other Bullets

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Gafford’s Skillset, Carter Jr. Is Still Very Young, How Bulls Could Manage Minutes, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bulls

Life is a puddle.

Every ripple is a new obstacle.

Evaporation is our demise.

Until it rains again.

Oh, hi there, sorry for the unexpected slam poetry. The darkness of the NBA offseason is just consuming me. I need live basketball, people! Look at what the lack of NBA drama is doing to my introduction!

  • NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joined Mark Schanowski and provided plenty of optimistic thoughts for the Bulls future. He kicked things off with a comment about the Bulls offseason acquisitions, mentioning that he normally has three of four complaints about the Bulls (that few?) but after this offseason, he has zero. The addition of Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky were obviously the standout gets for Haberstroh, and he went in-depth about what both players will bring to the floor next season. In the case of Young, he adds a mature piece to a surprisingly solid big-man rotation with Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Daniel Gafford. You can listen to his thoughts one this around the 17:00-minute mark.
  • As he further discussed the Bulls presence inside, he placed Gafford in a pretty large role. Haberstroh labeled Gafford as a possible Mitchell Robinson-type (Knicks center), which I think is actually high praise after what Robinson did last season (20.2 mpg, 6.4 rpg, 7.3 ppg, 2.4 bpg). Summer League demonstrated Gafford’s explosive skillset and hard-nosed rebounding ability, so if he carries that to an actual NBA game and provides a similar product to what Robinson did last year, I’d be more than satisfied.

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  • Also, a good not from Haberstroh on the Bulls big-man situation: Carter Jr. is still younger than three of the top-10 2019 NBA Draft picks. Yeah, I’ll take that.
  • If you need more positive vibes, Haberstroh is also very high on Satoransky. Basically, it sounds like he thinks the 27-year-old point guard is one of the best fits alongside Zach LaVine. I can’t say I disagree. With LaVine looking to be your primary scorer, Satoransky has a chance to really space out the floor and disrupt defenses. His size and athletic ability will surely distract the other team, which could give LaVine a better chance to work.
  • On the defensive end though, Satoransky should be able to pick up a lot of the slack. Haberstroh pointed out that if the Bulls want to take a playoff-push leap next season, then their defense needs to improve. When you take into account Satoransky’s length, he’ll be able to switch on to guard the teaming scoring threat at shooting guard if LaVine can’t. He even has the capability to guard against the small forward well if I situation calls for it. Honestly, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard Satoransky be labeled as underrated, so I think we should take a closer look at what exactly he could bring to the Bulls next season. Keep your eyes peeled for that!
  • With all these new toys for the Bulls, the best rotation will take some time to figure out. We will get a real good look at how solid new head coach Jim Boylen is in his first full year thanks to this newly improved deep roster. The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry went ahead and HEAVILY broke down what the Bulls minutes could look like next season. Spoiler Alert: Coby White only has 18 minutes per game right now (which he admitted was probably on the lower side), and he also has Daniel Gafford already as the back-up center on the depth chart.

  • Jalen Rose is trying to get our hopes up. Do not play with our emotions, Jalen!

  • HAHAHA… Scottie was a savage.

  • The Bulls young core didn’t rank too high on The Ringer’s most recent “young core” rankings. We broke it down yesterday and took a look at where the Bulls really stand.

  • Jeezzz, Kawhi is ice cold. Is he as cold as Sub-Zero, though!? (That’s Coby White’s new nickname, we’re trying to make it happen, join us!)

  • Good Tweet.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.