Chicago Bulls: Player grades for the 2020-2021 season

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Patrick Williams — A-

Imagine coming into the NBA at 19-years old and immediately being the best defender on the team you were drafted to. That was Patrick Williams. People were surprised by Williams’s selection as the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, but he has worked well so far. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists as a starter this season. His efficiency on the offensive side is incredible, shooting 48.3 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from distance, and 72.8 percent from the free-throw line. He recorded a zero defensive box plus/minus which is outstanding for a rookie. He guarded guys like LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, etc., and received high praise. He needs to work on his confidence and comfortability, but that comes with time.

Lauri Markkanen — C

I think a “C” works well for Markkanen because he stayed stagnant this season. His offense certainly improved, setting career bests in field goal percentage and three-point percentage. He averaged 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. However, his defense is a nightmare, so much so that Donovan tried him at small forward. He will be looking for big money this offseason as a stellar offensive player with loads of potential, but it’s time for him and the Bulls to go separate ways.

Garrett Temple — B-

Temple came in as a veteran and played his role well. He was one of the better defenders on the team last season, with nearly a zero for a defensive box plus/minus. Temple averaged 7.6 points per game, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. His odds to return to the team are questionable, but he served a solid role off the bench.

Troy Brown Jr. — B

Brown came in with a lot of energy after being traded to the Bulls at the trade deadline. His defense is improving after Donovan made it clear to him that would be his role. His athleticism in transition is also impressive, making him a fun player to watch. He is only 21-years old and in his second season with the Wizards, he averaged 10.4 points per game. His potential is sky high and he is already under contract for next season with the Bulls.