RE: Bulls still waiting for young players to step forward

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The Chicago Bulls young core–the ones John Paxson and Gar Forman sold us on as the organization’s future–are floundering with no signs of bounce back. The inconsistent team performances tie directly back to the lack of contributors beyond Jimmy Butler, Dwayne Wade and a couple of other veterans. The Daily Herald’s Mike McGraw sheds some light on a couple flailing Bulls.

The two obvious choices are McDermott and Nikola Mirotic. McDermott continues to show some good signs. In Tuesday’s game, LaVine tried a few times to take McDermott one-on-one and wasn’t always successful.

McDermott has been back for just three games after missing 11 with a concussion, but he should be making more of his impressive offensive skills. McDermott’s 9.9 scoring average and 31-percent shooting from 3-point range might be the most obvious spot where the Bulls could receive some rapid improvement.

Mirotic’s peaks and valleys are difficult to accept. In the last nine games, he’s averaged 6.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, shot 34.4 percent overall and 20.6 percent from 3-point range. There’s no way to put a positive spin on that stat line.

Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott will never emerge as the next crop of Bulls stars. Without a dramatic turnaround the pair of twenty-five year olds are headed down a similar path–inconsistent role players that toil away on the middle of a good team’s bench. What that means for the Bulls is nothing good. Fans will look to GarPax to draft, sign and trade for stars to compliment Jimmy Butler, the team’s next great hope.


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