One Question, Every Team: Central Division

One Question, Every Team: Central Division

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

The 2021 NBA offseason keeps moving forward at a breakneck pace. Preseason has kicked in! It's time to answer One Big Question for each team in the Central Division.

Chicago Bulls

Those were some big moves by Bulls management. On paper, adding Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan looks awesome. But will Chicago's Big 3 play well together?  In other words…

Which Chicago star, Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic or DeMar DeRozan, will see their fantasy value decline the most in 2021-22?

Based on per-game fantasy point production last season, Vucevic ranked 12th, LaVine ranked 25th and DeRozan was 35th. Having a pass-first point guard in Ball probably aids the value of each of them. Ball will be a great fit. But can they really have LaVine, Vucevic and DeRozan on the floor at the same time? All three stars are used to having the ball in their hands. All three come from offensive systems designed with each of them as the top option. I can't see how Billy Donovan is going to keep all three happy. Presumably, pleasing LaVine is Donovan's top priority, since LaVine becomes a free agent next summer.

So let's focus on DeRozan and Vucevic. I bet you didn't know DeRozan averaged a career-high 6.9 assists per game last year. The Spurs ran everything through DeRozan, but with Ball and LaVine in the backcourt, Deebo's playmaking responsibilities will be greatly reduced. No one on this roster passes better than Ball – it would be criminal for

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