Projected starting five if the Chicago Bulls draft LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
LaMelo Ball, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) /
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LaMelo Ball (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)
LaMelo Ball (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) /

Point Guard: LaMelo Ball

The point guard position is going to be one of controversy and likely a lot of change next season for the Bulls. Especially if current head coach Jim Boylen is ousted, then the Bulls could have a radically reshaped look and scheme for the backcourt rotation. Adding a dynamic distributor, defender, and overall playmaker like LaMelo to the mix puts in a huge excitement factor to the point guard position in the starting five.

If one thing is true, it is that the backcourt rotation could be very crowded next season. The Bulls have the likes of combo guard Tomas Satoransky, defensive standout point guard Kris Dunn, combo guard Shaquille Harrison, and point guard Ryan Arcidiacono, that could also be competing for playing time off the bench.

A Bulls selection of LaMelo in the draft lottery this year would likely entail that he assumes the starting role out of the gates. As long as he’s healthy and ready to go as the starting line of his rookie campaign, then LaMelo might have a lot put on his shoulders in this scenario. But there is enough depth to provide a solid supporting cast in the backcourt rotation.

The areas where LaMelo would need to improve include his outside shooting (shot just 25.0 percent from beyond the arc last season in the NBL) and occasional poor decisions in transition or when he’s driving to the bucket with tight defense on him.

But the patience is worth it in this regard since LaMelo does have star potential in the NBA.