Bulls: Ranking the 5 Bulls Facing the Most Playoff Pressure

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3. Nikola Vucevic

There is no way to sugar coat Nikola Vucevic’s poor play– he’s been underwhelming.

When Chicago first brought him in through a trade with the Orlando Magic, they thought they were getting a key contributor to a potential contender. The Eastern Conference has slowly moved away from the small ball movement and has forged a new era of versatile stretch fours and lengthy wings.

Vucevic’s skillset matches the East’s trends and his age is supposed to show he’s a matured guy who can be a vocal leader. Neither has held up.

Instead, he has a game where he looks like an All-Star and then a string of games where he is missing in action. The lack of team discipline and ability to handle opposing team’s going on runs show that there isn’t a leader on the court.

He is owed $22-million next season, a price that will eat at the team’s cap space. His production doesn’t match that bill. If he is unable to match his money with his play in the first-round, it is almost a sealed deal that he’ll be dealt.