Sunday night, Zach LaVine was back with the Chicago Bulls as they looked to avenge a loss to the Indiana Pacers earlier in the year. To say the least, it was fantastic to see LaVine back on the court.
It was especially nice to see him on the court with fellow star DeMar DeRozan. Bulls fans have waited weeks to see these two in action together again, and it finally happened. As LaVine cleared health and safety protocols, he came back with a vengeance.
LaVine scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting while knocking down five three-pointers in the Bulls’ 113-105 victory. DeRozan also added 24 in the win. Watching these two, healthy, was a thing of beauty.
Fans should be starting to get excited for the 2022 NBA All Star Weekend festivities at this point, because there’s no doubt LaVine and DeRozan will represent. But, they aren’t the only two Bulls who will be there.
These Chicago Bulls should be sending five players, minimum, to NBA All Star Weekend 2022.
This year’s party will take place in Cleveland, which is actually a pretty good spot considering the Cavaliers have taken the league by storm and are no longer a laughing stock in the East.
To Joakim Noah’s pleasure, though, the Bulls will likely be the most-represented team in Cleveland. The weekend of February 18-20, Chicago is taking over Cleveland.
DeRozan and LaVine are locks for the All Star Game, which will take place on Sunday night. Currently, DeRozan and LaVine are 5th and 6th in the NBA, respectively, in scoring. But, that’s not all they are doing.
DeMar DeRozan: 26.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.9 steals
Zach LaVine: 26.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists
There is no doubt fans will send these two to the All Star Game. The best part about this weekend, though, will be seeing a few other Bulls make some appearances. Let’s start with Javonte Green, who attempts to wreck the rim every time he dunks.
Quite frankly, the Bulls could have their own dunk contest that weekend if they wanted to. But, Green is the likeliest candidate to make the 2022 NBA Dunk Contest. He has become notorious for slashing and slamming this year, dunking as though someone called his momma fat or something.
The man can throw it down. Seriously, get this guy a spot in that dunk contest.
There are two other Bulls who deserve some recognition that weekend, too. Also Friday night, the NBA’s three-point contest will take place. Who would have thought that Lonzo Ball would be shooting lights out from long distance this year?
Out of everyone on this roster, he or LaVine make the most sense for the three-point contest. Maybe both of them get in, but Ball is shooting 41.9 percent from distance this year and he’s making over three per game.
Lastly, the Bulls’ rookie deserves some love. Ayo Dosunmu may have been a second-round pick, but he’s played like a first rounder — and Bulls fans knew it all along.
Dosunmu should represent the Bulls in the Rising Stars Challenge, which features the best young players around the league. This year, Dosunmu is averaging 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in limited action — but he’s become a staple in the rotation and has given the Bulls some big moments along the way.
In total, it would be completely justifiable to see the Bulls have these five players representing Chicago in the 2022 NBA All Star Weekend. If the fans have any say, look for Nikola Vucevic to get some love and make it six.