The 2022-23 season came and went for the Chicago Bulls, and while it wasn’t a great showing for the team this year, the silver lining here is that there are certainly a few valuable lessons the team can walk away with and use to improve coming into a fresh 82-game slate during the 2023-24 season.
Finishing 10th in the East may not have been the dream going into the year, but it should come as a silver lining for a team that, at times, felt like a lost cause. Let’s take a closer look at the three most important lessons for the Bulls to take from this past season of ball.
1. The Bulls need a true spark at point guard while Lonzo Ball is sidelined
I am a huge fan of Lonzo Ball’s game — he is an unselfish playmaker with a determination to win on both ends of the court. His court vision and passing abilities place him firmly in the upper echelon of point guards in the league, and he combines it with a lethal three-pointer. Ball was shooting 42% from beyond the arc before he was sidelined with his knee injury, something Chicago just wasn’t able to compensate for this past season.
But, we know going into this season that he will be on the sidelines for the entirety of the 2023-2024 season. And while this information is less than inspiring for Bulls fans, there is a huge benefit in having clarity on his status for this season. Knowing Ball will not be stepping out onto the court this season means the Bulls cannot use his injury as an excuse for not taking steps to make the team better.
Knowing our lead point guard will be recovering this year gives the team the freedom to try new things with the team, make some trades to reload for his return, and find a new rhythm while he is on the bench. One can only hope the team takes this news as a green light to experiment this year and find an exciting new recipe for when Lonzo is back on the court.