The top 100 list has been published, and here’s who’s back for the bulls

With training camp around the league kicking off next week, season predictions come hot.

We’ve already looked at some Pre-season power ratingsbut ESPN And the CBS Sports They added to the mix by releasing the 100 best players for the 2022-23 season. And unlike years past, the Bulls had no shortage of representation.

The first name to appear on ESPN’s roster is starting point guard Lonzo Ball at number 78. His scoring last season at number 57, major questions about his health surely played a role in the site’s decision to drop him. Next position will be Nikola Vucevic in 57th position of the ball. We’ve also seen him drop quite a bit from last year at #39. He’s currently sandwiched between Robert Williams of the Celtics (58) and Tobias Harris of the 76ers (56).

Conversely, DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine received generous boosts on the NBA leaderboard. DeRozan—who was a recent off-season performance for the All-NBA Second Team—was handed 28th place after finishing 45th last season, while LaVine ranked higher at 27th after previously being 33rd.

While I think LaVine has the potential to easily perform like the Top 25 this season, we also saw DeRozan do the same last year. With that being the case, I think ESPN’s decision to put the two side by side and outside of this top 25 makes sense for now. We’ll just have to wait and see how DeRozan responds for the past year and how Zach LaVine can stay healthy (and look after surgery) over the next few months. Don’t get me wrong, LaVine’s lead is undoubtedly higher than his fellow veteran (which is why he still ranks higher), but we have to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to who’s going to have a better year overall.

Likewise, let’s not forget the fact that together these two plays are likely to influence some of their individual productions. The team might be better as a whole, but I can see how some might hesitate to rank much higher because they would share so much of the workload for Chicago.

In any case, CBS Sports had a somewhat similar rating of the best Bulls players. LaVine ranked 26th between Brandon Ingram (27) and Jrue Holiday (25), while DeRozan scored in 33rd place just behind Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards.

Paul and Vucevic made this list as well, but the 24-year-old has been greatly respected with a 61st ranking compared to Vucevic’s 90th. Comfortable with the ball landing well before the All-Star position. We’ve all seen how the two-way Ball effect can be vital to building a sustainable winning product. None of that means Vucevic isn’t a talented player worthy of respect, but his margin of error seems a lot smaller. If his shot doesn’t fall, the effect he can have is slightly reduced. As for the ball, even if there’s no scoring some nights, he has the defensive acumen and the talent of transitional play-making that can raise the bar significantly.

Another area that differs between these two schemes is their inclusion of the insect on the ball Alex Caruso. ESPN chose not to include the team’s defensive anchor, but CBS Sports actually put him ahead of Vucevic in 77th overall. This put Caruso on names like Gordon Hayward, Hornets de Andre Hunter and successor Tyler Hero of the Miami Heat.

Just like the ball, we’ve seen how much of an impact Caruso’s individual defensive skills have on this team’s success. In a league where sporting wingers and skilled scoring guards wreak havoc, it’s hard not to appreciate a multi-position defender like Caruso. I’ve always thought that his ability to blast plays on attack point and his strength fluctuations should make him so respected across the league, so I was pleasantly surprised to see CBS Sports give him these flowers.

With all that said and shared, let’s remember to take these kinds of things with caution. I think they give us a good idea of ​​the players standing in the public eye, which is essential, but we also know how quickly things can change in the NBA. All it takes is one season for a player to go up or down, and the Bulls sure have many roster members who are able to move dramatically up or down the league ranks.

Anyway, you can check out the full ESPN roster below (1-26 not yet released) and CBS Sports over here.