Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we’ll be bringing you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
(Opening: Derrick Walton Jr. and Derrick Walton Sr.)
Joining us today is our very first guest on the show. We couldn’t think of a better person to be the first. While we are only on episode #4, he’s actually approaching Episode 400. We’re pleased to welcome Fred Pfeiffer, AKA “See Red Fred” from the Chicago Bullseye podcast.
We’ve got a lot in store for you this episode. Including:
The state of the Bulls Fan – Are we all mental? Or is there really something to be enthusiastic about?
Bulls sign point guard Derrick Walton Jr from Miami.
We continue with our expectations for each Bulls player. Last show we covered all the Guards. This week we’re going to cover the Power Forwards for Chicago.
More trades to think about with the ESPN Trade Machine
State of the Bulls Fan
Lately I’ve seen so many reports and predictions for the upcoming Bulls season. Last week we laughed at Vegas oddsmakers and ESPN for their projections of under 30 wins and no playoffs. Even NBA-TV has dissed the Bulls upcoming year, again knocking them from any possible playoff expectation. One commentator I heard on NBA-TV referred to the Bulls as “A young core that may be too young” Too young?
What is the proper expectation for a Bulls fan? Are we looking for too much this year? Is there something that the “See Red” blinders are preventing us from seeing that everyone else sees?
What’s going on? We’re a city that’s endured sports draughts that can last a century. Why are we dissed by everyone, knowing that we have a really good group of players that can do great things?
Derrick Walton Jr. Signs with the Chicago Bulls
Bulls sign point guard Derrick Walton Jr from Miami. The Heat had rescinded their qualifying offer for Walton, making him an unrestricted free agent. Walton (6-1, 189) was undrafted in 2017, but signed with the Miami Heat on a Two-Way contract on July 24, 2017. In the 2017-18 season, he played in 16 games for the Heat and averaged 1.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 9.2 minutes per game. Walton posted a season-high seven points and five assists in a win against the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 22, 2017. During his time in the NBA G League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Walton started in all 27 games in which he played, and he posted 16.1 points, 7.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.48 steals in 32.4 minutes per game.
The Detroit native played four seasons at the University of Michigan, where he holds career averages of 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.15 steals in 31.9 minutes per game. Walton is the only player in Wolverine history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in his career. As a senior in 2016-17, he was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and the Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Player Evaluations – Chicago Bulls Power Forwards
Last show we started to evaluate the team player by player. As you recall we have covered all of the guards and centers. This week we’re going to evaluate our power forwards.
Wendell Carter Jr.
There are lots of expectations for WCJ this year. Mostly of his own making. We were not really expecting the savage defender and shot-blocker that showed up at Summer League this year. He shocked everyone to the point that there was even talk going around that the wrong Duke player was picked first in the draft! What do we expect from WCJ for the upcoming season? Is Rookie of the Year out of the realm of possibility?
When he started, it was all about #FreeBobbyPortis. Once he was free, he tore up the rims and shot it from outside unlike any big man the Bulls have had.