High expectations for Patrick Williams, call Carmelo? Maximum NBA Salary, and Bulls Bulls

Forget about college football. We’re less than 40 days away from basketball, folks.

  • The Chicago Bulls can’t stop buying Patrick Williams stock. The organization’s No. 4 selection in the 2020 NBA Draft has yet to appear on the scene, but the Bulls seem to think it’s more due to circumstances than anything else. The youngest potential NCAA player in his class, Williams’ first year in the league came in a retool season. And as much experience as he’s gained over the course of 71 games, he’s also seen practically the entire roster around him begin to change on the trade deadline. Then, after earning his first real offseason in the NBA to prepare for a major role on a new-look team, he underwent wrist surgery in just five games a season.
  • While Williams returned in the last 12 games of the regular season and appeared in all five games, I think it’s safe to say that the second year didn’t allow for the kind of development the Bulls had been hoping for. The good news is that he is still young enough and athletically talented enough to live up to the high expectations that were originally set for him on the night of the draw. The bad news is that the bulls may rush him through the process looking to stay in the playoffs mix.
  • Don’t get me wrong, we have to hold Williams to a higher standard than many. That’s what comes with being a top 4 pick. But the Bulls’ lack of casual moves – even around the sidelines – put a huge amount of pressure on the 21-year-old to make a massive move. ESPN’s Brain Windhorst repeated this in the final episode of Hoops group podcast When explaining the quiet summer of the franchise:

“They put a lot in Patrick Williams. They believe in him a lot. You talk about two-way wings, and that’s the kind of guy they think could be a fixture for them.”

  • I’m still in the Williams wagon. He has a lot of raw talent and he has shown so many amazing flashes to me that I don’t fall in love with his potential. But I’d be lying if I said all that stress doesn’t bother me. Missing the entire second season of his NBA career may well affect how quickly he’s up this season. Whether it’s through his offensive aggressiveness, screen setting, playmaking, or overall feel of the game, he still has a lot to prove before he becomes the kind of contributor to the impact that drives the team past the first-round streak.
  • At least he looked like a monster on the training field this summer…
  • Bleacher Report decided that Rank the best landing spots For veteran scorer Carmelo Anthony, and the Chicago Bulls clocked in at No. 2. On the surface, it’s easy to see where they’re coming from. We all know bulls need shooting, especially in the aftermath of probably the best 3-point shooting game Not ready for the start of the season. Anthony is an occupational threat 35.5 percent of downtown, and he’s shot at a 38.9 percent average over the past three seasons. I’m glad that! Unfortunately, he is also 38 years old and has a poor defensive reputation. Would I be comfortable with Tony Bradley or Marko Simonovic on the list? Sure, but unfortunately I don’t see the bulls eating the money it takes to waive and sign it.

The absence of the ball would undoubtedly be a setback. What he shouldn’t do is paralyze the bulls as he did last season. Nine months too long and 47 games without the ball so big a sample size the Bulls can’t pull off anything better than the second-half fading out we saw unfold last season.

  • At the end of the day, I understand where Mayberry comes from, but I’ll believe it when I see it. I wrote a few more ball thoughts earlier this week below.
  • Zach LaVine makes it all look so easy.
  • The league continues to recover from its pandemic year, with the salary cap expected to exceed expectations for next season.
  • He’s a member of my fantasy team…so color me conflicting.