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Bulls take advantage of two-way contract again, sign Rawle Alkins

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Locked On Bulls kicks off the show discussing the Bulls recent signing, former 5-star recruit from Arizona, Rawle Alkins to a two-way deal. The guys discuss how the Bulls have used their two-way contracts better than most NBA teams, and how this another low-risk, high reward move. The guys also touch briefly on Denzel Valentine’s appearance in the Drew League this weekend and a video that is going viral.

The guys spend the rest of the episode going back to a voicemail they played late last week. Do Bulls fans believe that the Bulls moves this summer are more in line with the “business” model rather than a building a championship model? Jordan and Matt debate whether they feel like the moves made this summer leave the Bulls front office with some really difficult decisions to make in 2019 and 2020. Jordan believes that this team might be on the path to “really good, hardworking, competitive” rather than multiple time conference winner. Which path do you believe they are on? Hit us up at (331)-979-1369.


Jordan Maly is a writer and podcast host who originates from Naperville, IL. He is a graduate of Indiana University. Jordan’s history of coverage includes the Indiana Pacers, Indiana University Athletics, and NCAA basketball. Jordan currently writes for SB Nation’s BTPowerhouse and FanSided’s Busting Brackets. Jordan’s previous work has been featured on Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Seth Davis Draft House, FanSided, and the Chicago Tribune.

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Bulls coaching staff in full support of Kris Dunn’s work ethic

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On today’s episode of Locked On Bulls, the guys discuss the Rookie Transition Program that was held by the NBA and react to Wendell Carter Jr.’s comments about the event. The guys talk about why Carter’s comments are just another reason to love the Bulls 2018 first round pick. The guys also discuss some of the speakers at the event and touch on Bleacher Report’s re-draft of the 2018 Lottery based on Summer League performances. Where did Wendell Carter Jr. re-draft, and who did the Bulls take at No. 7?

Locked On Bulls uses the second half of the show to discuss Kris Dunn’s camp held last week, associate head coach Jim Boylen’s comments backing up Dunn’s work ethic, and then the guys get into what they expect from Dunn’s development in year three. The guys take a look at the 2016 draft class, the top-five guards in the class, where Kris Dunn stacks up, and if Jamal Murray is considered to be a candidate for a breakout season, shouldn’t Kris Dunn be too? All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.


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Bulls Lauri Markkanen considered a top candidate for a breakout season

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Locked On Bulls kicks off the show discussing Sports Illustrated’s latest NBA article discussing the five potential breakout stars in 2018-19. Among the list of five players is Bulls Lauri Markkanen. The guys discuss the other four players listed (Jayson Tatum, Fred VanVleet, Jamal Murray, and Montrezl Harrell) and why Markkanen could potentially be the best of the bunch.

The second half of the episode, Locked On Bulls takes a question from one of the listeners: Is Derrick Rose’s MVP season the worst of all-time? The guys discuss whether or not it’s fair to compare MVP’s in different eras, what exactly the voting breakdown was in 2010-11 season, why the LeBron effect has something to do with it, and why MVP voting isn’t end all be all in an argument. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.


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Will Antonio Blakeney prove he is worth an NBA contract?

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As the NBA offseason comes to a close, all eyes are on the Chicago Bulls’ acquisitions of Jabari Parker, Wendell Carter Jr., and the re-signing of Zach LaVine. However, with an injury-prone starting lineup, the Bulls’ season could become dependent on how much the bench players can produce and whether or not they are capable of moving into the starting lineup if needed. Antonio Blakeney may be one of these bench players asked to play a bigger role as the 2018-19 NBA season progresses.

The Bulls signed Blakeney to his first NBA contract back in July. He went undrafted after playing two years at LSU, but made the Bulls’ 2017 summer league roster. Antonio’s team-leading 16.8 points per game that summer earned him a two-way contract. He was named Rookie of the Year in the NBA G League averaging a whopping 32 points in 32 games played.

Blakeney rejoined the Bulls’ summer league roster this year and led the team in scoring again, this time with 21 points. Although he struggled with his shooting percentage and turnover rate, the Bulls saw enough upside and potential in him to offer him his first NBA deal. His ability to create his own shots anywhere on the floor could make him hard to stop off the bench this upcoming season.

Blakeney played just 19 games with the Bulls last season averaging 7.9 points per game in 16.5 minutes played. He struggled with his shooting but averaged a promising 0.6 turnovers. It’s a small sample size, but Blakeney could surprise the league this season with more playing time and perhaps a more important role in the Bulls’ offense.

I’m not saying Blakeney will become an All-Star, but his aggressive mindset as soon as he crosses half court could make him an offensive threat. He’s shown in both summer league and the G League the confidence he has when the ball is in his hands. While he has shown his ability to shoot the three ball and get to the rim, I believe his pull-up shot inside the arc is what makes him a great scorer. His explosive and unpredictable style of scoring makes him hard to guard and leaves me reminiscing about Nate Robinson’s days in Chicago.

Antonio Blakeney definitely has areas where he can improve his game, but at just 21 years old you can see the potential he has to grow into a larger role for the Chicago Bulls in the future. The Bulls’ young and offensively gifted starting lineup will certainly be fun to watch this year, but make sure to keep an eye on Blakeney as he looks to prove he is more than just a summer league star.

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