The Chicago Bulls started last season with hopes of continued development for a core of young players. After a dismal 5-19 start, they fired their head coach Fred Hoiberg, and the season trended downhill from there.
A plethora of injuries plagued the young core of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Denzel Valentine, Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr., with all missing time throughout the year. The Bulls' planned starting five never once saw the floor together in 2018-19.
By season's end, Ryan Arcidiacono, Shaq Harrison, Wayne Selden, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Robin Lopez strutted to the court for the final game. While their efforts were admirable, that's not the starting five the Bulls envisioned finishing the season for them.
In the offseason, the Bulls gave interim head coach Jim Boylen a contract extension and have been transparent about their desires to upgrade at the point guard position.
Enter Coby White, the sensational point guard from North Carolina who offers renewed hope for the Bulls after being drafted No. 7 overall in Thursday's NBA Draft. Before White was even able to leave the green room, he was met by Carter Jr., who will be one of White's teammates in Chicago.