Time to Jump on the Bulls Bandwagon? White's Minutes, Chaos in the East, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Time to Jump on the Bulls Bandwagon? White’s Minutes, Chaos in the East, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Okay, bullets time!

  • K.C. Johnson did his first mailbag with his new establishment. In his first question, he addresses the prospect of the Bulls competing for the playoffs as soon as … this year!
  • As I’ve said before, I think it’s reasonable to believe this Bulls team can compete for a playoff spot, and we’ll talk more about that in another bullet, but you have to consider how much of a staggering improvement that would actually be. I wrote earlier this offseason about how the Bulls would need, basically, a 19 game improvement to confidently be the No. 8 seed. I mean the jump has been made before, in fact, it almost averages out to one team doing it each season, but can the Bulls be that team? Maybe.
  • Also in that mailbag: Coby White Fodder. There’s been an argument out there about how many minutes Coby White will receive this season, and I’ve been a strong supporter of around 20 minutes per game. Johnson doubled-down on his claim that the organization is expecting White to play 20-24 minutes each night, so take that as you will.
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  • Wait, am I reading that right? Bulls and Bandwagon in the same sentence!?

  • I’m not sure I condone anyone hopping on the bandwagon (the sadness can be real), but Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp has got himself a point here. Like many NBA analysts around the league, Sharp sees promise in the Bulls healthy and newly constructed roster. However, the most reasonable argument that Sharp point out doesn’t revolve around the team’s actual talent; instead, it revolves around the rest of the Eastern Conference’s talent.
  • The East has been, for a better lack of words, a dumpster fire over the past decade. Yes, the East is coming into their own with Milwaukee, Philadelphia and, eventually, Brooklyn rising up the NBA power rankings, but the conference as a whole has a long way to go before they match the prestige and competition of the West. Fortunately, the bottom half is a complete question mark with Orlando, Detroit and Miami having a lot to prove … so the Bulls have a shot. All in all, if the Bulls want folks aboard the bandwagon, now is the time to prove it’s worth the ride.
  • Bulls Blogger hits us with the cold hard truth. The Bulls organization has been guzzling in money over the past two seasons but we’ve seen little of it actually go toward the team. While, yes, some “bigger” (which is a relative term when talking about the Bulls) moves were made this offseason, that’s no reason to be tricked into feeling comfortable with this front office.

  • Hey, look, the Bulls signed NOT a guard! Vanderbilt forward Simi Shittu was a well-respected NBA prospect before hitting the court at Vandy. The poor overall season from the Commodores pulled his draft stock down, but that didn’t stop Shittu from entering the draft (though it probably should have). The Bulls reportedly signed Shittu to a training camp deal, which is definitely worth a shot. He has the tools to be a legit NBA player, he’s just very raw. Low risk, high reward situation.

  • Why did this happen? More importantly, can he shoot?

  • Why, yes, Ms. Young, we did.

  • Real Talk: Check out Shekinah’s Twitter because her support of her husband, Thad, is probably relationship goals.


Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.