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What is the Chicago Bulls best path to success next season?

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Locked On Bulls is joined by college basketball and NBA writer Ricky O’Donnell from SB Nation to discuss all relevant Chicago Bulls topics. Will Jabari Parker be able to live up to expectations with a fresh start? Ricky talks about how most Bulls fans want Parker to work out in Chicago and what that path to success might look like. The guys get into a discussion on what Parker will bring offensively, defensively, in the locker room, and in the community.

Locked On Bulls discusses the possibility of Parker and LaVine taking away shots, usage, and overall production from guys like Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. What will it be like for Kris Dunn this season, will he see himself as more of a distributor than a score-first guard? The guys talk about how early contract negotiations could play a factor in not only Dunn but Parker’s play. Can all of these young players find a way to co-exist together? Are the Chicago Bulls on a similar rebuilding path to any team in the modern NBA?

Locked On Bulls wraps up the show discussing what expectation level is for the team as a whole, where Fred Hoiberg fits in all of this, if pressure is on for Hoiberg to succeed, and an early look at the 2019 NBA Draft class. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.


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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