Chicago Bulls: Ranking starting point guards from the last decade

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10. Michael Carter-Williams (2016-17)

Number of starts: 19

Although the advanced numbers for the former Chicago Bulls short-lived starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams were worse than that of Payne or Grant, he didn’t have much of a chance to make an impact. And that’s mostly a good thing. MCW played in just 45 games, starting 19 of them, during the 2016-17 regular season with the Bulls.

During his brief, less than one season, stint in a Bulls uniform, MCW posted a player efficiency rating of 9.9 and a very poor number of win shares per 48 minutes (.013). At least he was a net positive presence on the defensive end of the floor, which is something that Payne and Grant can’t say, as he registered a 1.7 defensive box plus/minus rating with the Bulls.

9. Ryan Arcidiacono (2017-Present)

Number of starts: 32

The former Villanova Wildcats standout point guard Ryan Arcidiacono is currently in the midst of his third season in a Bulls uniform. All of the starts that Arcidiacono had with the Bulls in his NBA career came during the 2018-19 regular season. He’s started in 32 of the 137 career games he played in with the Bulls.

There was a slight revolving door that the Bulls had at point guard down the stretch last season. The other two starting point guards that this G-League quality Bulls roster had down the stretch in the 2018-19 season included Walt Lemon Jr. and Shaquille Harrison.

The edge that Arcidiacono gets comes with his serviceability as a third unit point guard that at least belongs on an NBA roster. He had an 11.6 player efficiency rating and 3.7 win shares in the only season where he had a single start at the one.