The Summer League Knicks are not ready for Marko The Great.
- I was bummed when news dropped that Ayo Dosunmu wouldn’t compete in Summer League this year. Not only did the All-Rookie Second Team member state that he wanted to take the floor at his end-of-season press conference, but it isn’t uncommon for late-first round and early-second-round sophomores to appear in at least a few games. That’s the thing, though … Dosunmu didn’t perform like players picked in that range.
- The fact the 22-year-old is sitting courtside with the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball speaks volumes about his first year as a pro. The organization saw what they needed to see from Dosunmu, as he started 40 games for the best Bulls team since the 2014-15 season. Dosunmu played excellent on-ball defense from the jump, averaged nearly 5.0 assists in his starts, recorded four double-doubles, and shot 37.6 percent from behind the arc. The expectation should now be that he plays a pivotal off-the-bench role for this squad next season, and I still can’t believe the Bulls found a piece like that with the No. 38th pick!
- Sure, we have to continue to see how his career progresses, but Dosunmu should easily find himself top-20 in any current re-drafts. The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie put him 20th exactly in his re-draft at the end of April, but the consensus around the league was clearly higher, as Dosunmu finished as one of 10 players with an All-Rookie Team nod. If we factor in things like upside and such, I probably wouldn’t put Dosunmu top-10 in my own 2021 re-draft just yet, but he likely sits somewhere around the No. 14/15 spot.
- Will we have similar re-draft conversations about Justin Lewis next offseason? The Marquette forward didn’t hear his name come off the board last month, but it could be only a matter of time before that looks like a big mistake. Projected by many to at least be a second-round pick, the Bulls were smart to immediately ink Lewis a two-way contract after the draft came to a close.
- He averaged 16.8 points with 7.9 rebounds during his Sophomore season in Milwaukee. His 3-point percentage jumped from an impressive 21.9 percent in Year 1 to 34.9 percent on 5.2 attempts per game in Year 2. A strong athlete with a big build, Lewis is surprisingly light on his feet and possesses intriguing potential as a stretch four and small-ball five. While it’s far too early to call him a draft-night steal, there is a lot to like about his possible development on both sides of the ball. And he showed why in his Summer League debut with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and some rock-solid defense.
- Lewis described himself to The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry as a “versatile, tough guy who is willing to do anything to win.” Again, we have to wait to see whether or not he can follow up those words, but (theoretically) the Bulls need more guys with his level of physicality and 3-point shooting in the frontcourt.
- HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto confirmed that Klutch got Zach LaVine the biggest bag possible. The Bulls’ new max player got full flexibility with a fifth-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker. While it would have been nice to see the Bulls weave in a bit more flexibility for themselves, I’m happy the organization simply met the asking price. These are the dollars you have to spend to keep elite talent. No lollygagging.
- Meanwhile, Spotrac’s Keith Smith gave us a look at Andre Drummond’s new deal:
- I have some problems with the Drummond signing, but the price tag isn’t one of them. The Bulls were able to get an adequate backup center for cheap, which is exactly how players at that position should come (although, it doesn’t seem to matter much when you refuse to spend the rest of your money on other upgrades to avoid the luxury tax *screams internally*)
- The former Bull knows what’s up:
- So does The Logo …
- ALLIE QUIGLEY 3-POINT GOD!
- I lowkey want Field on my fantasy team this year, but that also means I could end up double disappointed on Sundays this fall.
- BEAT THE DODGERS!
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