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How does Zach LaVine compare to other Most Improved Player candidates?

Returning in his first full season since ACL surgery, Zach LaVine has put together an impressive season for the Bulls. Is LaVine in the conversation for Most Improved Player in the NBA this season and how does he compare to other potential candidates?

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Locked On Bulls podcast is back to preview Tuesday night’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls will be short-handed again tonight missing Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr., the guys discuss how Lauri Markkanen will need to be in command from the start. Can the Bulls avoid a first-half disaster against a Raptors team who has lost the last two games at home?

Will the Raptors decide to play Kawhi Leonard tonight or continue to monitor his games leading up to the playoffs? The guys discuss who will matchup with Leonard on defense should he play. The Bulls will need to elevate their energy and effort level from Saturday to stay in a game that the Raptors will be determined to end by half time after losing on a buzzer beater by Jeremy Lamb and the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.

What should Bulls fans expect from Markkanen in the last eight games of the season? The guys talk about how it would be a great opportunity to see what the young big man can do without LaVine or Porter and whether or not he can take over long stretches of games. Does Jim Boylen have a strategy to allow Markkanen to do that?

The guys spend the last half of the show talking about where Zach LaVine is in the Most Improved Player conversation? Would he get top 10 votes, top 5, or even top 3? The guys discuss some of the other candidates that are up for the award and the case they can make for Zach LaVine’s season. Will NBA voters consider Zach LaVine’s return from ACL in such a short time? Will the Bulls rebuilding hurt Zach LaVine’s case over some others who might be a playoff contender? All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

Jordan Maly is the host of Locked On Bulls, he's a native of Naperville, IL and graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington. Jordan has spent time covering the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Hoosiers basketball and football, and the Big Ten Conference as a credentialed writer. Jordan has been published in Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, SB Nation, FanSided, and Yahoo Sports.

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