Current Chicago Bulls players: Underrated or overrated?

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Thaddeus Young

Thaddeus Young is commonly thought of as a versatile veteran who helps teams win. That’s what I thought of him when he signed with the Bulls last summer, and that’s what a lot of people thought of him when he was involved in trade rumors with championship contenders prior to the 2020 trade deadline.

Are we sure Thad is still that guy, though? Father Time might be catching up with Young.

He was definitely a good piece for the Pacers from 2016-2019. He bolstered their defense and helped lead them to the playoffs in all three of his seasons there. Once he got to Chicago, though, it seemed like Young lost a step.

He was a solid defender for the Bulls in the 2019-20 season, but he wasn’t the same guy he was in Indiana. And offensively? Yikes. It was rough. He shot a career-low 44.8 percent from the field and had a career-worst turnover percentage of 13.9.

Maybe some of Thad’s struggles can be blamed on the system he was playing in. Jim Boylen isn’t exactly an offensive mastermind. But still, I’m not sure Thad has as much left in the tank as the public seems to think.

Verdict: Slightly overrated