One of the biggest surprises in the NBA during the offseason was the Chicago Bulls being able to add multiple notable names in free agency. 

Besides beginning free agency by acquiring Lonzo Ball in a sign-and-trade, the Bulls then were able to land DeMar DeRozan in a sign-and-trade and they inked a deal with Alex Caruso. 

Given the offseason they’ve had, there are expectations for Chicago to take a massive leap forward in the upcoming season.

Seeing that it is the Bulls, there are reasons to be hesitant on calling them a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference.

But it is hard to ignore the talent on the roster now with Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, Lonzo Ball, and DeRozan, along with other up-and-coming players. 

Ahead of the start of training camps, here are three questions that the Bulls will need to answer in 2021-22.

 

Can Lonzo Ball continue to improve as a shooter?

Entering the offseason, Lonzo Ball was one of the most coveted point guards on the open market. Lonzo Ball is well-known for his gifted playmaking ability and his formidable defense, but he’s become much-improved as a shooter in recent years.

Coming out of college, Lonzo Ball wasn’t an efficient shooter and his awkward shooting motion was a cause for concern for scouts.

Despite maintaining his shooting motion over the years, Lonzo Ball was able to convert 37.6 percent of his threes in his two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Will Lonzo Ball be able to sustain or improve his efficiency with the Bulls? Zach LaVine has evolved into a premier scorer in the NBA, but Chicago doesn’t want Nikola Vucevic to be their second-best shooter in the starting lineup.

If Lonzo Ball can prove that he can continue shooting at a high clip, then the Chicago Bulls could have one of the best backcourt duos in the NBA this season.