Bulls Target Likely Starter At PG Until Lonzo Ball's Return

With Lonzo Ball still expected to be out for months, the Chicago Bulls have a starting point guard spot to fill. And according to a Bulls Insider, there's "plenty of momentum" to have second-year man Ayo Dosunmu be the starter in Ball's absence. 

Bulls head coach Billy Donovan "has been hinting as much even before Dosunmu drew the first look in Tuesday’s preseason-opening loss," writes K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago

Dosunmu did start 40 games last season in his rookie year, greatly accelerating his growth, and giving the team a big glimpse into his potential. He averaged 8.8 points and 3.3 assists in 27 minutes. 

At 22 years old, many feel that Dosunmu is poised for a breakout year. Including some of his teammates. 

Veteran Goran Dragić said "I really like Ayo. He asks me a lot of questions. He has great talent."

As for the other point guard options, Donovan is hoping to save Dragic's body for more important minutes later in the season, while he expects Alex Caruso to be the one on the floor in the closing minutes of games most nights. “I hope so," said the super-competitive Caruso. "That’s the goal."

But he's also extremely impressed with Dosunmu, and has given him plenty of advice. “Command the floor. Ball’s in your hands as a point guard, you have to run the show. Get everybody organized,” Caruso said. “He’s a helluva player so there’s not too much you have to tell him about his game to get him going. Just make sure he stays motivated and ready.”

No doubt, the Lonzo Ball situation is a dark cloud hanging over this team, but they certainly do have depth at the point, with veterans and youth mixed in to help fill the void until he's back.

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