Which player from last season’s Chicago Bulls team was the most affected by the signings that the front office did this offseason?
The Chicago Bulls have made plenty of moves this summer, but which player was the most affected by the signings?
The Bulls player that I think was the most affected by what the front office did this offseason was Denzel Valentine. The 2016 first round draft pick thinks he’s going to have a bigger role this upcoming season.
“I feel like I should have a bigger role next year,” Denzel Valentine told reporters. “I definitely should be a starter coming in.”
I got some bad news for Valentine. You’re probably not going to start the season as a starter. On the Bulls website, Valentine is listed as a forward. He usually plays the guard and small forward position.
Here’s how the moves that the front office did this summer affects Denzel Valentine. The Bulls drafted Chandler Hutchison who plays the small forward position. They brought back Zach LaVine on a four year deal. Bulls then signed Jabari Parker to a two year deal. Parker also plays the small forward position. Let’s also not forget that Justin Holiday is still on the roster.
Antonio Blakeney who was a two-way player for the Bulls last season signed a two year NBA deal with the team. The Bulls also claimed guard Antonius Cleveland from the Hawks.
Denzel Valentine is entering his third season in the NBA. In his rookie season, he played in 57 games and averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. In his second season, Valentine played in 77 games (37 starts) and averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Obviously he had a better season last year. The problem is that there is a pretty good chance that Denzel could end up being third in the Bulls depth chart at the guard/small forward position.
At the small forward position, Jabari Parker is most likely going to be starting. The Bulls still value Justin Holiday and that’s why I think he will come off the bench for Jabari. You have rookie Chandler Hutchsion who no matter what will get minutes.
At the guard position, Zach LaVine is going to be your starter. The backup to that position could be Antonio Blakeney. You also have Antonius Cleveland who plays the guard position. The small forward and guard position is very crowded for the Bulls.
It’s going to be interesting to see where the Bulls are going to play Denzel Valentine, because right now he looks like the odd man out of the rotation. Last season Valentine averaged 27 minutes per game. I think no matter what Denzel Valentine will see his minutes go down this season.