The Chicago Bulls released what they believe to be their top-10 plays of the 2018-19 season.
Check it out:
“Big time players make big time plays!”
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 27, 2019
Yup, I’m pretty freaking pumped now. Can we start a Facebook group to make the NBA season start early? I’m sure if we all storm Adam Silver’s office we can make it happen, I hear that’s how it works.
Anyway, when watching compilations like this, it’s hard to believe the Bulls were a 22-win team last season. These Bulls have the ability to be a high-flying basketball team and they flashed that energetic, youthful build last season. They still have a long way to go, but the highlights above are a good reminder that many of the main pieces are already there.
A personal favorite for me is the ferocious Markkanen dunk over the Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, ranked number six. Not only was the Magic power forward putting together an All-Star caliber season, but it symbolized the kind of player we want Markkanen to be: aggressive. Summertime workout photos/videos are prime to hoodwink fans, but the hope is a fully healthy Markkanen can use his seven-foot frame to cause more problems in the paint this season.
Being the human-highlight reel that he is, LaVine makes up practically half of these top-10 plays. I’m not going to argue with the plays chosen, but I do think his move against the Philadelphia 76ers should be pushed higher. In case you tuned out the Bulls in the latter half of the season (it’s okay, we accept all fans here equally), LaVine helped create probably the second-best game all season for Chicago (first-place goes to the four-overtime game against the Atlanta Hawks).
The guy posted 39 points with six of those points in the last 1:45 of the game to give the Bulls a 108-107 victory over one of the Eastern Conference bests. Not to mention, he also had a great bounce pass to Lopez on the pick and roll that helped send the big man to line with 17.1 to go. His game-winning bucket fell through the basket with 1.6 left on the clock.
If you take into consideration the context of that layup for LaVine, and performance in general, I’d argue that’s a top-5 play easily. Straight-up clutch.
Holding the No. 1 spot is Archie’s sick diving pass to Otto Porter who then tossed the alley-oop up to LaVine for the slam. I can’t argue with this. Honestly, that play might be instrumental in why Arcidiacono re-signed with this team. The play resembled everything he’s about: doing all he can to help his teammates.
Obviously, these highlights only represent the best of the best for the Bulls, but it’s still encouraging to reminded of the flashy moments their key players are capable of producing. Here’s to hoping Chicago will witness many more this upcoming season *raises basketball for a toast.*