3 reasons Spurs fans should be excited by Chicago's failure

Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs
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It’s no secret that the San Antonio Spurs are bad this season, but they had no delusions of being anything other than a rebuilding team facing some growing pains. After a sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference last year that ended with a first-round exit, the Chicago Bulls planned to run it back with their All-Star trio of DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic. They rounded out their roster will solid role-players in Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball, Ayo Dosunmu, and Goran Dragic. 

The issue? Lonzo Ball is out indefinitely with a knee injury, and the role players are playing worse than they did last season. Early in the season, the Bulls sit 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 12-18 record, but there are no indications that they will bounce back in the year's second half. 

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic (subscription required), the Bulls are facing some “on-court disconnect” between their two superstars. Both LaVine and DeRozan have regressed a bit since last year, but both are still playing high-level basketball. 

The team is forced to play win-now basketball because they went all-in on their mid-three of DeRozan, LaVine, and Vecevic, but the Bulls with the same style as a high school team with players looking to impress college scouts. There is no cohesive unit, and veteran point guard and leader Goran Dragic suggested that no one on the team is making individual sacrifices to win. 

The Spurs are heavily invested in Chicago's future after making a deal with them last summer, and the dysfunction in the Windy City could have a positive effect on the Spurs moving forward and propel the rebuild to new heights. 

The Spurs own the Bulls’ 2025 first-round pick

Obviously, the worse Chicago plays, the better the pick will be in 2025. The Bulls placed top-ten protection on the pick, but if they don’t get it together, the selection could very easily end up in the late lottery. 

By 2025, I think the Spurs will have their core rounded out and will be able to use the 2025 Bulls’ pick to take a flier on a high-risk guy, or draft a reliable bench piece to increase the floor of the emerging Spurs. Hopefully, San Antonio will be in a place where this pick doesn’t need to be a future star in order for the Spurs to compete, but drama in Chicago should excite future-thinking fans. 

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