Through three NBA Summer League games played by the Chicago Bulls, there have been some pleasant surprises and some concern. The Bulls currently stand at 1-2 and have had issues scoring as well as defending. Turnovers have been a major issue for the team as well as playing a sloppy brand of basketball. Let’s get into some grades for the featured players.
Coby White: 19.0PPG 4.3RPG 3.6APG 1.67SPG FG% 39% 3P% 10%
Coby White has not started off hot in the NBA summer league. White is shooting 39% from the field and averaging 19PPG on 17 shots per game. The threes haven’t been falling for White either, shooting only 10% from deep. Out of 19 three-point attempts, Coby has only drained two.
With that being said, Coby has played a fast pace of basketball and has had some exciting moments in the three games played. His ball-handling skills and his knack to hit the open man is noticeable.
Coby has also shown his ability to hit mid-range jumpers, an art that seems to be lost in the NBA.
Overall Coby has looked average thus far in Summer League but has shown flashes of an effective NBA player.
Chandler Hutchison: 11.5PPG 1.5APG 3.5RPG FG% 29% 3P% 25%
Chandler Hutchison is a player that fans would like to see dominate the Summer League. The 2nd year player out of Boise State lost much of his rookie year due to injury. Hutch is an athletic player who can defend well but needs to get his offensive game up to par. The hope for him is to be a three and D player that can come off the bench and give valuable minutes.
Hutch needs to work on his jump shot and ball-handling to become a vital part of the Bulls rotation. He has had some moments in Summer League that have been noteworthy but for the wrong reasons. He’s averaging 2.5 turnovers per game and he isn’t the primary ball-handler. The sky is the limit for this kid, hopefully, he can pull it all together.
Daniel Gafford: 11.6PPG 8.7RPG 3.3BPG FG% 68%
Gafford started off very strong. In his first Summer League game, the 2nd round pick out of Arkansas scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 4 shots. Daniel is very athletic and has shown some major power at the rim.
His back to the basket game is limited but if he takes the time to work on it, he should develop into a quality defensive center who can contribute on both ends of the floor.
Overall the young guys are struggling a bit, but they have all shown flashes of potential in these three games played. Most people say Summer League isn’t important but it is. These young kids get a feel of some young NBA talent and hungry vets trying to make their way on to teams for the upcoming season.
The more they play together, the more on-court chemistry is collected and that can only be positive.
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