Who are the Bucks? Well, they’re another eastern conference team that has struggled to get past the first round of the playoffs (if they even made it at all) looking to make a name for themselves now that LeBron has moved West. To give them credit, they made some decent moves, despite limited resources, to make this happen. Their main goal seemed to be focused on finding additional shooters to support Giannis Antetokounmpo, the team’s star player. This was no easy task as, again, they were working with limited cap space, but they did manage to bring in Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova. They also fired Jason Kidd and hired new head coach, Mike Budenholzer. Now, if you’re a Buck’s fan then you know how much Antetokounmpo means to the team. For everyone else, the team revolves around Antetokounmpo which is why it wasn’t all that surprising to hear that the team had Antetokounmpo meet with Budenholzer during the interview process. Unconventional? Absolutely. But..well, it seems as if the Buck stops with Antetokounmpo, so…(sorry, couldn’t resist).
Remember when the Bulls were THE BULLS? Oh, did I just age myself? Well, the Bulls used to be THE BULLs. Now they’re the Bulls that ended last season tied with the Sacramento Kings for the sixth-worst record in the league.
So what did they do to try to make this a better season? They drafted Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke University) with the 7th overall pick in the draft as well as Chandler Hutchison (Boise State) with the 22nd pick in the draft. They also traded Jerian Grant to Orlando in a three-way trade between the Bulls, Magic, and Hornets. In exchange for Grant, the Bulls received Julyan Stone who they quickly waived in exchange for Jabari Parker.
Unfortunately, no one seems impressed with the moves the Bulls made this offseason. When looking further into Carter and Hutchison’s stats, they’re good players, but they’re certainly not going to turn the team around, The loss of Grant? Meh. The addition of Parker? Cool. But at the end of the offseason, there is nothing to call home about. Fingers crossed that luck plays a part in things this season, Bulls fans. Fingers crossed.
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