The Ringer ranked the NBA's best young cores, organizing the best foundations in the league of players under 25.
The idea was to form concrete rankings based on FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO player projections and the WAR (Wins Above Replacement) statistic, and The Ringer's list certainly has some star power at the top with Zion Williamson's Pelicans, Nikola Jokic's Nuggets and Luka Doncic's Mavericks all ranking in the top five and the Bulls made the top half of the list for their collection of young talent.
The Ringer's Zach Kram has the Bulls ranked 14th in the young core rankings, with Lauri Markkanen contributing heavily to the Bulls favorable placement.
Markkanen was rated as the best young player on the Bulls as a result of his WAR being the highest (10.8) among the Bulls young players.
The team amassed an overall WAR of 33.1 (14th in the league) right behind the Miami Heat and ahead of the San Antonio Spurs.
All of the rankings are based on the aforementioned advanced stats—WAR and CARMELO—but the Bulls specifically were both helped and hurt by the fact that they have a stable of young, potential-filled players rather than one central, clear-cut star.
The Bulls core group of players fit together better than many young groups, which gave Kram and The Ringer some confidence in their long-term outlook.
...at the very least, the Bulls roster features a reasonably complementary set of young players around which to build.
The fact that the advanced stats like Markkanen as the Bulls best player isn't extremely shocking, as his sophomore season was unequivocally a success. Over 52 games in the 2018-19 season, "The Finnisher" averaged 18.7 points and 9 rebounds per game while posting a career-best 106.8 offensive rating (per NBA.com).
Of the five teams (weighted by production) with an average age under 25-year-old last season, the Bulls had the 3rd most wins (22) behind the Kings and Nuggets.
Chicago will be looking to build a winning culture this upcoming season and having their talented youngsters now surrounded by competent veterans will certainly help make this a much easier feat for Jim Boylen and co. to accomplish.