ESPN released their annual list of the Top-100 NBA players, and four Chicago Bulls players made the cut. To nobody's surprise, All-Star wingmen Zach LaVine and Demar DeRozan were the highest-ranked of the Bulls at no. 27 and no. 28, respectively. Versatile big man Nikola Vucevic came in at no. 57 while injured guard Lonzo Ball rounded out the quartet at no. 78.
Much to be excited about in the Windy City
With the 2022-2023 NBA season set to tip off next month, the Bulls have been one of the steadiest so far. Although starting point guard Lonzo Ball remains without a timetable for a return from knee surgery, the Bulls have brought back its core, led by explosive scorers LaVine and DeRozan.
DeRozan, in particular, had a season for the ages that saw him emerge as an MVP candidate early on. He finished with averages of 27.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists, was named an All-Star, and eventually earned a spot on the third All-NBA team. LaVine, on the other hand, powered through numerous injuries and still had fantastic numbers of 24.4 points, 4.6 boards, and 4.5 assists.
Aside from the four top-100 players, the Bulls flaunt a well-rounded roster that includes newly-signed veterans Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond. With Ball indefinitely out, Dragic will be tasked to lead the offense while Drummond, a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year, will come off the bench to spell Vucevic.
ESPN's Top 100 is voted on by a panel of NBA experts and considers future projections. With four players in the top 100, the Bulls have one of the most talented rosters in the league and are a team to be reckoned with.