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Chicago Bulls 2021-22 Player Grades: Coby White

The third-year guard shot better than he ever has, but inconsistency and defensive shortcomings leave his future in doubt.
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The most criticized Bull this side of Nikola Vucevic, Coby White had a see-sawing season of sorts.

His ability to put the ball in the basket was unlike any weapon the Chicago Bulls had in their arsenal off the bench. But even in a campaign that saw him reach new heights in a couple of different categories, White’s tug of war with consistency leaves him on uncertain ground moving forward.

Offense

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During the regular season, White averaged 12.7 points per game while nailing 43.3% of his field-goal attempts and 38.5% of his looks from long range. Both are career highs. But, as was the case for the team in general, his production took a plunge against the better teams in the Eastern Conference.

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The third-year guard had a particularly rough go of it against Milwaukee in his playoff debut. He scored 12 points and sank five treys in Game 1. But White shot just 8-for-29 from deep in the series despite being either open or wide-open on all but two of those attempts.

Defense

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White’s defense, or lack thereof, was rarely, if ever, due to a lack of effort. And capturing any player’s impact on that side of the ball is, admittedly, an inexact science. But of the dozen Chicago Bulls who played at least 16 minutes a game this season, White owned the worst defensive box plus/minus (-1.7).

Offseason shoulder surgery, a stay in health and safety protocols, and shifty circumstances didn’t help his cause. But, like Lauri Markkanen before him, Coby White wasn’t the consistently impactful player his career-best marksmanship might suggest.

Grade: C-