The Chicago Bulls’ 2020-21 NBA season came to a close with the team failing to qualify for the playoffs.
The Bulls’ front management made some bold decisions to help the team return to postseason contention, but it appears that Billy Donovan’s team will have to start over in 2021-22.
The following are five causes that contributed to the Chicago Bulls’ dismal performance in the 2020-21 NBA season. Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine, the Chicago Bulls’ guard-center tandem, is one of the most gifted in the league.
The Bulls were projected to be one of the most fearsome teams in the NBA after acquiring Vucevic at the NBA trade deadline. They were, however, unable to maintain consistency.
#5 – Coby White’s inability to be the team’s lead point guard
Coby White took a step up in terms of scoring in the 2020-21 NBA campaign but wasn’t able to play the role of the team’s primary or secondary playmaker.
A point guard by trade, White averaged just 4.8 assists per game, turning the ball 2.3 times on average.
The Bulls say Coby White had surgery on his left shoulder for an injury he sustained while doing “basketball related activities” over the weekend. He will be re-evaluated in four months — meaning right before the start of the regular season, and after training camp has begun.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 10, 2021
Because Zach LaVine is the Chicago Bulls’ leading scorer and best offensive option, it’s only logical for Coby White to serve as the team’s primary point guard.
Thaddeus Young, a veteran forward, has aided the Bulls by handling the offense for the second unit, but he is unlikely to be able to continue in such a taxing position.
As a result, White will need to enhance his passing game and better his numbers from last season.
4 – Stagnant offensive performance
The Chicago Bulls finished 19th in the NBA in offensive rating in the 2020-21 season, despite possessing one of the most potent offensive lineups in the league. Throughout the season, they had an offensive rating of 111.1 and were unable to break down defensively tough teams.
Part of the blame goes to Billy Donovan for not optimally using the talent he has at his disposal. The rest of the blame should go to the players for their substandard execution at times.
The Chicago Bulls will have to improve massively on offense going into next season, or they could end up missing the playoffs once again.