Ranking the 9 Worst Bulls starters of the Zach LaVine era

Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Ryan Arcidiacono, Chicago Bulls
Ryan Arcidiacono, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /

4. Ryan Arcidiacono

First we had Lopez, then Dunn, and now we move on to another admittedly bad player who managed to become a fan favorite in Chicago with Ryan Arcidiacono. Perhaps known best for being a key piece on the 2016 Villanova team that won a national title, Arcidiacono would prove to be more than just the guy who dished out a championship-winning assist.

Arcidiacono played his first four seasons in the league with the Bulls, primarily as a bench player. In the 2018-19 season, however, he was asked to start for 32 games and the results were… less than savory. He averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 assists per game that year, hardly enough to justify a starting role. As the Bulls moved on in hopes of fielding a competitive roster, Arcidiacono continued on to find a role with the Knicks. He was still a high-energy hustle player there, but he most certainly was never permitted to start a game.

These two likable role players should have never been starters for the Bulls.

3. David Nwaba

Much like Arcidiacono, David Nwaba is another classic case of the Bulls being so bad that they were forced to place end-of-the-bench role players in the starting lineup. How Zach LaVine has tolerated an absurd amount of mediocrity on his rosters for this many years is honestly beyond me. Nwaba has proven to be a fine fringe NBA player, with six seasons of experience under his belt, but he certainly was not someone worth keeping around for the long haul.

He averaged 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game with the Bulls, while also being notable for his efforts on the defensive end. Nwaba rated out positively with a 0.2 Defensive BPM in his lone season with the Bulls, but was so terrible on offense (posting a -2.7 Offensive BPM) that it negated any positive impact his defense had on the game. Chicago was outscored by 6.5 points per 100 possessions with Nwaba on the court, and he posted the second-lowest on/off splits of his career that season, making him an entirely forgettable piece of the past.