Chicago Bulls: 3 point guard upgrade options to explore

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3. Malcolm Brogdon

The Chicago Bulls might not need to look very far for a new point guard — maybe just 92 miles north of the United Center, in fact. Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon will be a restricted free agent this summer and is rumored to be high on Chicago’s wish list.

The third-year guard from Virginia averaged 10.2 points and a career-high 4.2 assists per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field. A second round pick in 2016, he registered a +10.5 net rating. Conversely, Dunn’s net rating was -7.8.

In comparison to Dunn once again, Brogdon was much more effective offensively, with an offensive rating of 112.1, a true shooting percentage of 61.4, an effective field goal percentage of 57.5 and his PIE was 12.0.

Malcolm Brogdon, on paper, certainly presents an upgrade over Kris Dunn, but there are still questions regarding his fit in Chicago. Can he be the playmaker the Bulls need him to be?

He assisted on just 18.5 percent of Milwaukee’s assists when he was on the floor this past season. Dunn’s assist ratio was 30.2 percent in 2018-19. There are obviously contributing factors to these statistics though. Dunn averaged more assists on a team that, as a whole, had fewer assists than Milwaukee (26.0 to 22.6 per game).

The Bucks also had Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo as primary ball-handlers and both averaged more assists than Brogdon this past season.

The biggest factor in a potential Brogdon-to-Chicago scenario is the fact that Milwaukee’s point guard, who will turn 27 next season, is a restricted free agent. The Bucks can match any offer if they so choose. Will they let their point guard walk to Chicago the same way they let Jabari Parker go?