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What should the Bulls expect from Lauri Markkanen in his second year?

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How will Lauri Markkanen develop in his sophomore season with the Chicago Bulls? Locked On Bulls kicks off the show with a few corrections about Denzel Valentine/Drew League (not good) as well as retracting any and all interest in John Wall after the latest Sports Illustrated piece on the Wizards. The guys dive deeper into what they expect from Lauri Markkanen in year two, how both guys feel like Markkanen will adjust to having multiple shooters on the team, and whether or not they feel it could affect Markkanen’s production. Jordan doesn’t seem to worry but Matt has some skepticism.

Locked On Bulls takes a voicemail from a Bulls fan who seems to have a displeasure for the Bulls ownership group. The guys discuss whether or not it’s completely fair to say the Bulls are unwilling to spend major money to make this team special. Should blame be placed on the front office or ownership? The guys give their take on how they feel.

How many games should Bulls fans expect the Bulls to win next season? What is a fair expectation for this young Bulls core? Will the Bulls make the playoffs? Will Fred Hoiberg be fired if they don’t? 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 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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Bulls Mailbag: Would Scottie Pippen be a good NBA GM?

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You have stumbled across the best Chicago Bulls show on the air. The voice of true Chicago Bulls fans lies here in this show. Hosts Jordan Maly and Matt Peck provide you with a daily dose of Chicago Bulls news and stories. We are Locked On Bulls. Join the conversation by leaving texts and voicemails at (331)-979-1369.

Locked On Bulls is back for a short Friday episode, the guys kick off the show talking about former Bulls Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade’s back and forth on Instagram. The guys discuss both Wade and Butler’s season’s coming up in 2018-19. The guys take a question about if Scottie Pippen would be a good GM and round out the show by talking about Devin Booker vs. Zach LaVine again. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.


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