Bulls Reverse Course On Starting Lineup Decision

It caused a bit of a stir earlier this month when Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan decided to shuffle his starting lineup for a preseason game and go with Javonte Green at power forward while bringing 2020 No. 4 overall pick Patrick Williams off the bench. But with opening night just about 24 hours away it appears that Donovan has had a change of heart.

Donovan now confirms that the up-and-coming 6'7" Williams will indeed get the start when the Bulls take on the Miami Heat Wednesday night to kick off their season. 

Ten days ago, when he started Javonte Green and brought Williams off the bench, the coach said that "when you put Javonte out there, you know what you’re going to get," and that Williams could handle it wherever he played. 

"We’ve got to make decisions that are going to be best for our team." And sure enough, having Williams in the starting lineup is what's best at this point. 

The 21-year-old only got into 17 games last season after wrist surgery knocked him out of the lineup for several months. In his small season sample, Williams averaged 9 points and 4.1 rebounds, similar to what he produced in his rookie year the season before. 

This year, many are saying he's ready to bust out. 

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