With the NBA Finals in the books, all eyes are on the offseason, which includes the upcoming draft and Summer League action. The NBA announced Monday the Summer League schedule for every team, including the Chicago Bulls.
Summer League will take place at its usual home, the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The games will air on NBA TV, ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPNU. Each team will play a minimum of five games, which includes four set matchups and the same tournament format from last year.
The Bulls' 2022 Summer League schedule is as follows:
- vs. Dallas Mavericks July 8 at 3 PM CST on ESPNU
- at New York Knicks July 10 at 4 PM CST on ESPN2
- at Toronto Raptors July 12 at 4 PM CST NBA TV
- at Charlotte Hornets July 14 at 4 PM CST on ESPN2
Bulls Summer League Storylines
The centerpiece of the Chicago Bulls' 2022 Summer League campaign will be whoever they use the 18th pick on. Names such as Jalen Williams, Jalen Duren, Tari Eason, and E.J. Liddell have emerged up as potential selections for the Bulls.
Other big names joining the Summer League roster include Patrick Williams and Ayo Dosunmu, as both said they would be open to playing. Williams is currently the starting power forward on the depth chart but could use the extra action to gain confidence after missing most of last year due to injury. Dosunmu went from a second-round pick to a Rising Star and All-Rookie Second Team selection. Summer League play represents an excellent opportunity for him to lead the young core and build on a strong rookie season.
The rest of the roster will consist of undrafted players and various small-name free agents. One of those players last year was Alfonzo McKinnie. He eventually signed with the Bulls for a period of time and filled a role off the bench with several players out due to COVID and injuries. He appeared in 17 games with three of them being starts and averaged 3.5 points per game.
Just as McKinnie did last year, other Chicago Bulls' Summer League players will have an opportunity to step up and earn roster spots this time around.