The new-look Chicago Bulls took the floor for the first time and managed to pull off a 128-116 victory at home. While multiple players contributed, it was Zach Lavine who arguably stole the spotlight.
The Chicago Bulls put their newly improved depth and scoring ability on full display as they fought out a preseason win at the United Center. There were a multitude of strong efforts from the starting and bench unit alike regardless of the key injuries to Lauri Markkanen and Denzel Valentine.
From the all-around play of Jabari Parker and Kris Dunn to the high-level offensive bench production of Bobby Portis and Antonio Blakeney, the Bulls managed to distribute the rock and put the ball in the bucket.
Their three point shooting and defense as a whole were definitely areas of concern but they managed to pull out the win regardless.
The play of Zach Lavine, however, caught the eyes of many with his stellar performance.
Player of the game: Zach Lavine
As coach Fred Hoiberg announced before the game, the starters only played around the 20 minute mark due to the nature of preseason and injury precautions.
Regardless of minimal time, Zach Lavine managed to be incredibly efficient and looked like an improved version of his former self in Minnesota.
In just 24 minutes of play, Lavine notched an impressive 21 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists on an effective 8-13 shooting from the field.
While Zach misfired on both of his three point attempts, his mid-range shot and quick dribble penetration were on full display. The ACL injury didn’t seem to hinder him at all.
LaVine attacked the rim and finished with confidence and created space for his shot off picks. Although it’s only been one relatively unimportant game, Lavine’s media day statements look to hold true and he projects to be a very high-level scorer this year if healthy.
While Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis were definitely contenders for the player of the game award, neither of the two were as efficient as Lavine.
Regardless of who played the best, this season should be a lot more exciting to be a Bulls fan and the game against the Pelicans was certainly a great example of that.