Now former Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen didn’t really have many positive effects on this team during his two years at the helm.
This is a critical point of the offseason for the Chicago Bulls as it looks like the NBA Finals are about to conclude between the five-seed Miami Heat and top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. The superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis now hold a commanding 3-1 series lead over former Bulls star Jimmy Butler and the Heat.
Once the NBA Finals concludes, then the attention around the league officially turns to what lies ahead for each team during the offseason. Both the NBA Draft and start of the next cycle of free agency aren’t all that far away. The Bulls need to be evaluating which players fit the next step of the rebuild under this retooled coaching staff and front office regime.
They hired former Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas to replace John Paxson as the lead voice in the front office, officially titled executive vice president of basketball operations. Then, Karnisovas hired former Philadelphia 76ers senior VP of player personnel Marc Eversley to replace Gar Forman as the Bulls general manager.
Paxson still holds a senior advisor role in the organization, but Forman was shown the door completely for the Bulls.
Since the front office regime was retooled at the top, the attention turned to figuring out the coaching staff. The Bulls parted ways with former head coach Jim Boylen back on Aug. 14. They replaced him with a proven winner in former Oklahoma City Thunder and Florida Gators basketball head coach Billy Donovan.
While the hiring of Donovan signals a new era for this rebuild, and franchise as a whole, there is still a lot this organization needs to reflect on during Boylen’s tenure in the Windy City. Which three players wound up getting the worst out of Boylen as their head coach in the last two years?