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Jim Boylen hints at 2019-20 Chicago Bulls starting five

Jim Boylen hints at 2019-20 Chicago Bulls starting five

The Bulls have had a pretty solid summer that has universally been labeled as successful by the general NBA consensus, adding consistent veterans around their young core. 

They picked up veterans Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young to add depth to their point guard and forward rotations respectively. There has been much speculation since those signings were made official over whether Satoransky specifically, would start at the point guard spot for the Bulls from day one. While no official lineup announcement has been made, we have a better idea of what the Bulls starting five will look like on day one of the 2019-20 season, following some statements from head coach Jim Boylen during Wednesday's summer league action. 

On the NBA TV broadcast, Boylen announced his "first five" as Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine-Otto Porter Jr-Lauri Markkanen-Wendell Carter Jr. 

Carter was limited to only 44 games last season due to injury but the four-man group of Porter-LaVine-Dunn-Markkanen scored 111.4 points per 100 possessions per NBA.com

There has been much speculation over Dunn being traded, even more so after the Bulls picked up guards Tomas Satoransky and Coby White, and retained guard Ryan Arcidiacono. 

Though Boylen stated that Dunn is a part of his starting five, it will be interesting to see what Dunn's workload would be with three other capable guards on the roster.

The Bulls aren't loaded on the wings, so there is a chance that Dunn gets more minutes playing the two or the three. Since the Bull picked up some perimeter shooting this offseason, they could thusly survive longer stretches with him on the floor (in some new-look lineups). 

It will take some time for Coby White to grow into a starting-caliber NBA point guard, perhaps the hardest position to make the transition from amateur to pro in basketball. With that being said, it was somewhat expected from most of Bulls faithful that Tomas Satoransky would be the starting point guard after how clear John Paxson had made it that the Bulls were looking for an upgrade.  

Now, Boylen's statements offer us some much-needed perspective on the Bulls point guard situation. It sounds like Kris Dunn is the starting point guard for the 2019-20 Bulls and we'll see how long this holds in the always rapidly changing NBA. 

Lakers sign Dwight Howard, ending the Joakim Noah-to-LA-possibility

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Lakers sign Dwight Howard, ending the Joakim Noah-to-LA-possibility

The Los Angeles Lakers were scrambling for another big man in the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins torn ACL and Bulls fan were sent into a collective panic at the idea of lifelong LeBron James (and Cleveland) agitator Joakim Noah joining forces with him in Hollywood. 

Following a series of workouts with Noah and veteran centers Mo Speights and Dwight Howard, the Lakers have settled on Howard as their replacement for Cousins. 

Howard was a member of the Washington Wizards before they traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a deal to acquire wing shooter CJ Miles earlier this offseason. 

Over the 2018-19 season, Howard averaged 12.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 0.4 blocks per game and finished with the second-lowest PER (17.4) of his career. Comparatively, Noah played 42 games in 2018-19, averaging 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.7 blocks per game and posted an 18.6 PER. 

The Lakers deal with Howard is non-guaranteed and the Lakers have all the leverage in the deal as ESPN reported, they will be able to cut Howard before the NBA's January 7 deadline without any financial impact on the team. 

The move reunites Howard with the Lakers, with whom he played 76 games for in the 2012-13 season.

Howard was an All-Star during his first Lakers stint, averaging 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game but ultimately had an unsuccessful (in terms of championship aspirations) tenure in the purple and gold.

The Howard-to-Lakers deal makes LA's roster full with 15 players in tow, so this officially ends any possibility of Noah teaming up with LeBron. Bulls fans can rejoice, for now. 

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Our first look at the full NBA 2K20 roster models for the 2019-20 Bulls

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Our first look at the full NBA 2K20 roster models for the 2019-20 Bulls

The release date of NBA 2K20 is near and as the September 6 release date gets closer, Bulls fans are finally getting a look at the full roster in video game form. 

Among the things that stand out in the video from Sports & Gaming Journalist Brian Mazique, the things that stood out the most was the new Zenni patch on the Bulls uniforms, which now has a light blue background to make the patch stand out a bit more. 

We had already seen how 2019 rookies Coby White and Daniel Gafford look but Thursday represented our first look at players like new Bulls Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky and the longest-tenured Bull, Brazilian big man Cristiano Felicio.

Young currently sports a short-haircut after having more an afro in the 2019 season, so only time will tell if 2K will update his look before the season kicks off on October 22. 

Also fully visible in the video are the overall 2K ratings of all players on the team including Satoransky (75), Young (79), Wendell Carter Jr. (78), Otto Porter (80), Lauri Markkanen (83) and Zach LaVine (85).

Based off of what we see in the video, NBA fans can expect to see the Bulls simulate pretty well in NBA 2K20 as the roster's veteran talent will provide some balance as the young core develops, much like what the Bulls front office is hoping for in real life. 

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