2016-17 Bulls Review: Player Grades

 

Rajon Rondo: B-

Rondo’s grade would’ve been a solid D or maybe an F, but he proved irreplaceable for his play during the home stretch of the regular season and during the team’s 2-0 lead on the Celtics before his wrist and thumb injuries.

Dwyane Wade: D

The signing sounded like a good idea back in July because it is D-Wade. For the most part, Dwyane was mostly just in the way on the offensive end where he still cannot consistently drain the 3-point shot leading to minimal floor spacing. Please opt out.

Jimmy Butler: B+

Jimmy was Jimmy. Another All-Star selection, another fantastic season defensively, and he continued to gradually improve on the offensive end which he’s done since he entered the league in 2011. He did tend to look uncomfortable initiating the offense in the last 4 games of the Boston series which is kind of unsettling.

Nikola Mirotic: C

Threekola pretty much stayed the same on the offensive end, being a decent spot up 3-point shooter. A glimmer of hope presented itself when he actually attempted to play defense and rebound. Probably more so because it is a contract year.

Robin Lopez: A

He receives an A because he did was he is expected to do. Rough the game up, clean the glass on both ends, hit the mid-range, and fight Serge Ibaka.

Michael Carter-Williams: D-

Once a blossoming player with possible star potential, he has completely regressed in each season since his rookie year. Looked scared in playoffs.

Denzel Valentine: C

About average of what you expect from a late lottery pick even though he could have definitely provided more. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that a preseason ankle injury hurt his development early on.

Jerian Grant: C-

Played well in spurts in the starting lineup throughout the regular season, but his disappearing act during the playoffs knocks his grade down a couple +/- points.

Bobby Portis: C

Thought I would see vast improvement from Portis this season, but he largely remained the same when most guys make a serious jump from year 1 into year 2. Kid still has tons of promise and potential. Be patient.

Cristiano Felicio: B

Like Lopez, Felicio came in and did his role, rough up the game and grab rebounds and extra possessions as well as set solid screens and roll hard.

Paul Zipser: B+

Solid rookie season for a 2nd round pick. Zipser can space the floor and also showed decent open court athleticism. Definitely a steal in the 2nd round. Expect him to continue to improve in year 2.

Anthony Morrow/Joffrey Lauvergne/Cameron Payne/Isaiah Canaan: N/A

The first 3 were acquired in the trade with Oklahoma City and did not see many minutes. Canaan spent most of the season in street clothes behind the bench, but he did play well in the absences of Rondo, Grant, MCW, and Payne during the playoffs.

HC Fred Hoiberg: Unknown

I cannot give a grade for Hoiberg because in his 2 years as coach he has not had the players to fit his system. Therefore, I cannot make a fair assessment on if he is a quality NBA coach or not.

Written By: Nyck Young 

 

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