Chicago Bulls: Grading coaching staff hires so far this offseason

Billy Donovan, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Billy Donovan, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Billy Donovan, Chicago Bulls
Billy Donovan, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

With a new head coach and three new assistant coaches hired, how does the Chicago Bulls new front office grade out for their decisions thus far?

A process that was integral to this offseason in the Chicago Bulls camp that looks to be near complete is retooling the coaching staff under the direction of former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan. The Bulls hired the ex-Thunder and Florida Gators hoops head coach Donovan to replace the now departed Jim Boylen.

After two years at the helm as the Bulls head coach, Boylen wrapped up with a record of 39-84. During the shortened 2019-20 regular season that wrapped up for the Bulls in mid-March in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Boylen led the team to finish with a record of 22-43. There wasn’t much progress found for the rebuild under Boylen’s direction.

Executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley hired Donovan after they themselves took over for John Paxson and Gar Forman back in spring. They officially hired Donovan back on Sep. 22. And they had officially parted ways with Boylen back on Aug. 14.

Before we dive into the changes made to the Bulls coaching staff thus far, we have to understand what still remains and who is now gone. Really the lone significant part of the coaching staff that remains under Donovan’s direction heading into the 2020-21 season is the former Brooklyn Nets assistant Chris Fleming. Donovan did already part ways with four key assistant coaches, including Karen Stack-Umlauf and Roy Rogers.

With all of this in mind, here’s a look into the definitive grades for the additions to the Bulls coaching staff made so far this offseason.