3. The Bulls need Patrick Williams to finally step up
Patrick Williams was picked with the 4th overall pick in the 2020 draft, rising up the ranks at the last minute due to how many scouts perceived his very high potential on paper. After all, he started his rookie season at only 19 years old. Coming into what will be his 4th season in the NBA, Williams is still younger than some of the incoming rookie class. But despite his youth, it is time for Williams to step up to the plate and become a leader on this Chicago Bulls team.
Williams has the potential to be an elite basketball player. Standing 6-foot-7 tall with an almost 7-foot wingspan, Williams has the physical build necessary to be a dominant force in the league. But does he have the willpower to take over?
That is the question that will hang heavy over the Bulls this season. If Williams can take another leap forward on both sides of the ball this season, Chicago has the potential to be a sleeper team, make a playoff appearance, and revitalize the team coming off of a less-than-inspiring year.
If not, then there will only be bigger question marks hanging over the future of the team. With Lonzo on the bench, the team could use a new leader. If Williams wants to follow in the footsteps of young stars like Jason Tatum and Trae Young, this season could be the perfect time to go into overdrive.