Chicago Bulls: 3 positives from Thaddeus Young addition

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3. Thaddeus Young gives the Bulls bench productivity

With Young, Chicago is immediately a deeper team almost by default. The Bulls’ frontcourt depth before adding him began with Cristiano Felicio and ended with rookie second round draft pick Daniel Gafford — not exactly an ideal situation.

In a word, Thaddeus Young could best be described as dependable. Last season, he averaged 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while appearing in 81 contests, all of which he started in.

In 2018-19, Young had a 56.9 percent true shooting percentage and posted a 16.2 Player Efficiency Rating.

He also helps teams win, posting 6.9 win shares (including 3.0 defensive win shares) last season for the Indiana Pacers, where he spent the past three seasons. The Bulls need talent and productivity, but the bottom line is, they need to learn how to win. Young helps with this.

With Thaddeus Young, the Bulls (and their fans) won’t cringe and hold their breath when Lauri Markkanen or Wendell Carter Jr. head to the bench for rest. They’ll have a competent big on the floor who can contribute.