The NBA 2K23 Summer League has come and gone. The Chicago Bulls went 4-1 in Las Vegas and ended the mini-tournament on a three-game winning streak. Of course, there were some good and bad takeaways, but fans were able to get a look at plenty of young talent. Here are three players that made their mark during Bulls’ Summer League action.
The 18th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft turned some heads in his five games played. He impressed so much, in fact, that some fans said Patrick Williams better look out for his starting job (that isn’t happening). However, Dalen Terry plays with a high motor, and his performance indicated he can become a key rotational player for the Bulls.
Terry played with tenacity on both ends of the court. Whether it was moving without the ball, breaking up passing lanes, or finding open teammates, Terry did it all. He averaged 11.8 PPG on 57% from the floor and 42% from deep. It’s safe to say he will force Billy Donovan’s hand at some point for rotational minutes.
However, Terry did exit early from the Bulls’ final contest in Vegas due to a right hamstring injury. It appeared to be a minor tweak, so he should be good to go when training camp rolls around.
Chicago Bulls big man Marko Simonovic started off the Summer League on fire. In the Bulls’ first game against the Dallas Mavericks, Simonovic scored 27 points, grabbed 13 boards, and blocked three shots in an overtime win.
The Bulls’ 2020 second-round pick has received a great deal of hype from fans. He played for the same overseas team that Nikola Jokic hailed from and holds a similar skill set, though it isn’t as refined as the current NBA MVP.
Simonovic worked hard this offseason to add 30 pounds of muscle so he can hold his own defending bigger players. He finished the Summer League slate averaging 15.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, and 2 APG.
Simonovic has a legitimate shot to become the third big on the Bulls’ roster behind Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond. Tony Bradley did not impress in his first year with Chicago and there have been whispers indicating he could be released after the Bulls’ sixth game of the 2022-23 season.
The undrafted 6-foot-7 forward out of Marquette impressed in Summer League. His stats may not jump off the page, but Justin Lewis left his mark all over the court. Whether he was making smart defensive plays or finishing in transition, he made his presence felt.
Lewis’s game entails toughness, tenacity, and grit — a perfect embodiment Chicago basketball. Bulls’ players that bring those three attributes are usually fan favorites.
Lewis currently has a two-way contract with the Bulls. If he can develop a more consistent offensive game, he could find his way to the Bulls bench sometime this season and play meaningful minutes.
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