By: Will Farlow
The Chicago Bulls will not be picking at 7th overall for the first time in three seasons. The Chicago Bulls were awarded he fourth overall pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. This will be the first top 5 pick for Chicago since 2008 when the Bulls picked hometown point guard Derrick Rose at 1st overall. The Bulls in the first offseason in the post Gar/Pax era are in a great spot in the upcoming draft. The Chicago Bulls new executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas gets a chance to find an impact player for the Bulls to add to a talented young team. It is very interesting to see Michael Jordan's owned Charlotte Hornets one pick above his former NBA team as Charlotte won the third pick. I find that an interesting story heading into the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Chicago Bulls have needs at the small forward position , and a wing player which this pick can give the team many options in the 2020 NBA Draft. I am excited for this pick as its a lottery where anything can happen and this is a great spot for a team in Chicago looking to head back into contention. This draft features talented young players such as Anthony Edwards, Lamelo Ball, James Wiseman, and foreign talent Deni Avdija. This is a draft class where it is unknown which player will be the first pick making it a very interesting draft in two months. Bulls fans can feel confident in their new head front office executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas and his strong success in the draft as he approaches his first draft leading the newly formed Chicago Bulls front office.
I am excited to see what the Chicago Bulls do in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft on October 16th . The Bulls are bringing in a front office with key pieces at the helm such as executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas, new general manager Marc Eversly, scout J.J. Polk, and Pat Connelly. These individuals bring draft intel from the teams they worked with during a majority of an NBA season. I believe this can really help the Chicago Bulls at a high pick at fourth overall find a talented player to add to their roster to play in Chicago for a long time. We have at least two months until the Chicago Bulls are on the clock at fourth overall in the 2020 NBA Draft barring a trade up. I am excited to see what comes up moving forward up to the NBA Draft on October 16th when the Chicago Bulls are on the clock with the fourth overall pick.
By: Will Farlow
The Chicago Bulls fans are getting news they were hoping for as Friday morning Jim Boylen was relieved of his duties as head coach . Jim Boylen being let go by Chicago follows his failure to connect and properly develop the youth on the roster , and his awful record as head coach in two season at 39-84. The new Bulls front office lead by Executive VP Arturas Karnisovas makes an important move for the new direction of the franchise in Chicago. Boylen's firing is seen to fans as a sign that the new Bulls front office is taking a great approach to putting the Chicago Bulls back on the map in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls during an unprecedented time such as Covid 19 is bringing in great new individuals into their revamped front office , and this is a sign of the hopes of a better coaching staff and roster.
Boylen came to Chicago back in 2015 as an assistant head coach under former Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg. Boylen helped implement a defense first approach to Chicago. Following the firing of Hoiberg back in 2018, the Bulls made Boylen the head coach to much surprise of Bulls fans. Boylen according to many reports was brought in to bring discipline and accountability to young players , and that did obviously not go as planned with him at the helm. Boylen did not properly utilize a cornerstone like Lauri Markannen well in the game plan, and face much backlash from players like Zach Lavine. I like this move for the Chicago Bulls, and it definitely shows their commitment as an organization to do right by their young talent and to put this team on a better track moving forward.
My first impressions about the Jim Boylen firing is a important domino to fall in the future of the Chicago Bulls organization. I feel that this move shows the players on the Bulls roster is how important the new front office is taking their opinions and concerns into account. Chicago Bulls ownership is showing good faith to new Executive VP Arturas Karnisovas to find his guy that he feels in the best interest of the players will be the best fit as a head coach in Chicago. There are always many names that come into a conversation as to who can replace the vacancy left by the firing of Jim Boylen. Some head coaching names I have my eye on are former Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and the smart player development he did for the Nets. The name that really opens some eyes for me as a good candidate is Spurs assistant head coach Becky Hammon.
The firing of Jim Boylen continues to signal the importance to Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf and the new front office that the future of the Chicago Bulls will be put on a better track. I am excited and also curious as to what moves come next for the Chicago Bulls. I have faith in this new front office after this move and hope they bring in the best head coach that fits this talented roster of young players in Chicago. Bulls fans rejoice as the Jim Boylen era is officially over in Chicago and a new direction is on the horizon.