Dream starting center for the Chicago Bulls: Myles Turner
- Age in 2028: 32
- Comparison: Brook Lopez
If we’re going to continue with this attempt to rebuild a better version of the championship-winning Bucks around Antetokounmpo, it only makes sense to pursue another rim-protecting big man who can space the floor in the vein of Brook Lopez. For that reason, why not empty the piggy bank for Myles Turner?
Among all centers, Turner ranked 4th in blocks and 6th in three-pointers made per game. He may not viewed as a star in this league, but when it comes to these specific areas of the game, very few players provide this level of elite production as a ‘3-and-D’ center.
With Turner’s current contract set to expire the same year as Giannis’ (assuming he declines his player option), the Bulls would be able to assemble this frontcourt duo in the same summer if they play their cards right. Failing that, a player like Kristaps Porzingis or a young up-and-comer could vill the same void in the event Turner plays himself out of Chicago’s pay range.
By building a team around a superstar talent and complementary pieces to his skillset, the Bulls could genuinely compete for their first championship of the 21st century. Each of these players ranges from competent to great on the defensive end, while also being very capable of shooting the ball and preventing ‘The Giannis Wall’ from becoming an issue.
Obviously, this scenario is incredibly optimistic. It would involve the Bulls both winning the draft lottery to select Flagg and then subsequently returning to relevance soon enough to be seen as a legitimate destination for Giannis. But isn’t that what dreams are for? The fact that it’s even a remote possibility is enough for me to boot up 2K and patiently await better days for the Chicago Bulls.