3 positions the Chicago Bulls most desperately need to upgrade

Thaddeus Young, Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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Thaddeus Young, Chicago Bulls
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2. Power forward

A lot of how this positional needs plays out depends on how Karnisovas plans to deal with the conundrum of a rotation at the four clogged with former Arizona Wildcat Lauri Markkanen and former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Thaddeus Young. Markkanen had his worst season to date in the NBA during the 2019-20 campaign, and Young was just a poor fit in his role.

Improving the usage and overall efficiency and play of Young could involve the Bulls seeing current head coach Jim Boylen out of the door. Boylen didn’t play Young much at the outset of the regular season (sometimes playing Markkanen too much or Cristiano Felicio instead), and when he did it was in weird spots.

Young was also tried at the three at times, which wasn’t a great fit for him with the Bulls current personnel. We should laud Young for his improve three-point shooting percentage this season (35.6), but it still wasn’t good enough to show that he should be in a role similar to how the Houston Rockets use forward P.J. Tucker.

Moreover, given the weird usage of Young and the down season of Markkanen, there’s a lot of question marks all over the place for the Bulls at the four. Maybe add one veteran power forward in free agency that could eat up minutes and help mentor Markkanen. Or part ways with Markkanen via the trade market and find another answer in the NBA Draft, or in the return from a deal, to pair with Young.