Dalen Terry Looked Comfortable and Confident in His Third Summer League Game (and Other Bulls Bullets)

Here’s some bad news!

If your Wednesday sucks, you can blame me.

  • Dalen Terry played his best basketball yet on Tuesday afternoon. The No. 18 pick in the draft helped lead the Summer League Bulls to a painless 93-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Flying in transition, cutting hard, and putting pressure at the rim, he played far more of the off-ball role we’re expected to see him take on at the NBA level. Even better, he did it while looking like a player who would easily fit into the style of play we watched the Bulls thrive in during the early portion of last season. I know his 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists may not jump off the page, but those numbers came in only 20 minutes of comfortable and confident basketball. That’s encouraging stuff.
  • The Bulls cruised to an insurmountable double-digit lead midway through the game in large part thanks to Terry’s winning activity. Most of Terry-led halfcourt offense we saw loosely anchor the Bulls over the first two games was replaced with second-year guard Carlik Jones. The more experienced lead ball-handler allowed Terry to become arguably the most tiring player to guard on the floor. His natural instinct to hunt cutting opportunities and keep his legs in motion opened up the offense for everyone. The only problem was the Bulls didn’t have a savvy enough playmaker on the court to consistently feed Terry, who found himself open without the ball far too often.
  • I understand Summer League is a time to give your first-round rookie the keys, but I think we can sometimes misinterpret that as forcing them to play an on-ball scoring role. While Summer League is a great opportunity for Terry to develop that area of his game, he just doesn’t project to be a particularly lethal off-the-dribble shot-creator. Where Terry projects to be best on this side of the ball is in the role he played yesterday, so it was encouraging to see him find some immediate success when used in that way.
  • The last thing I’ll say about Terry is that his ability to get to the free-throw line has been a welcomed sight. He’s now shot at least seven free-throw attempts in the past two games, and we saw him go 6-7 from the line before halftime against the Raptors. The 20-year-old is as unafraid as a crash test dummy when it comes to taking contact. And the good news is he’s already a pretty solid finisher at the rim, so as long as he can add some muscle, there is real potential for him to become a nice driving threat.
  • In other Summer League news, Justin Lewis continues to provide some fun highlights:
  • I’m liking this developmental gamble more and more for the Bulls … and I already really liked it. While it’s hard to envision him seeing much playing time this season, we also know the Bulls aren’t the deepest in the frontcourt. But, regardless, I’m excited to follow his progress in the G-League this year.
  • Lewis gave the birthday boy some advice …
  • I get it. I’d never board a Wolverine bus.
  • The BullsTV crew continues to kill it with the behind-the-scenes content. I know Summer League is an overall short experience, but I think we forget how significant it is for so many players. It’s really cool to hear Simonovic, Terry, Malcolm Hill, and Justin Lewis talk about how meaningful it is to be in Vegas, as well as how much they are learning by simply playing alongside each other.
  • The Athletic’s tiers roll on. Zach LaVine makes an appearance in the 25-32 section, which I honestly think could be a bit of a low-ball. I’m not going to be surprised if we see a healthy (and compensated) LaVine comfortably enter top-20 territory this season.
  • The hockey madness continues with free agency!
  • You have my attention.
  • written by

    Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

    more bulls news

    Bulls Reportedly Extend Qualifying Offer to Patrick Williams

    With the NBA Draft set for Wednesday night and free agency beginning later this weekend, the Chicago Bulls did some housekeeping. According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the team has extended a qualifying offer to Patrick Williams. The move...

    Are the Chicago Bulls Considering a Sign-and-Trade with Patrick Williams?

    Earlier this offseason we learned that the Oklahoma City Thunder had an eye on Patrick Williams. The news comes as Williams quickly approaches restricted free agency. The Chicago Bulls will have the right to match any contract offers that come...

    Kings Were Close to Landing Alex Caruso – Here’s What the Bulls Reportedly Turned Down

    With Alex Caruso now in Oklahoma City, we're learning more about which teams struck out in their pursuit of the two-time All-Defensive Team member. The Athletic's Anthony Slater and Sam Amick shared that the Kings were serious contenders for Caruso...

    New Report Says Bulls Want to Re-Sign Andre Drummond, Which Tells Us What?

    When the Chicago Bulls traded Alex Caruso for Josh Giddey last week, a shipment of dynamite was dropped off at the Advocate Center. The shocking move seemed to symbolize a roster blow up. Caruso was easily the team's best asset,...

    Report: Scottie Barnes To Sign Biggest Deal In Raptors History

    The Toronto Raptors are officially locking in their franchise player. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Scottie Barnes and the Raptors are in agreement on a max rookie extension worth up to $270 million over five years. The move doesn't...

    A Busy Week Begins, Bulls Are “Very Active,” Assistant Coach Interviews, And Other Bulls Bullets

    The next week should be the most [fill in the blank] of the offseason. Typically, I'd throw the word "exciting" into that spot, but I'm not sure the Chicago Bulls will meet that adjective. While the Josh Giddey trade suggests...

    2024 NBA Mock Draft: New Name At Number One As Draft Week Arrives

    It's officially NBA Draft week! The Draft is just two days away from tipping off with the 1st Round set for Wednesday, June 26th. Unlike some years, this 1st Round seems like it could unfold in quite a few different...

    Cavaliers Reportedly Hiring Respected Assistant Kenny Atkinson as Next KC

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have their next head coach. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, highly-respected assistant Kenny Atkinson will take over J.B. Bickerstaff's old gig. He and New Orleans Pelicans assistant James Borrego were Cleveland's two finalists. Atkinson had served as...

    “I’m a Dawg:” Watch Angel Reese Cap Off Huge Win With Electric Interview

    The rivalry between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese has officially transferred to the WNBA. After starting 2-0 against the Chicago Sky, Clark finally lost to her fellow rookie sensation on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Angel Reese scored a career-high 25...

    Angel Reese Scores New Career High to Finally Lift Sky Past Fever

    Revenge tastes best on your home court. The Chicago Sky finally took down the Indiana Fever after back-to-back losses earlier this season in Indianapolis. Even more exciting, they did it in front of a packed Wintrust Arena crowd behind a...

    Latest News

    How to Watch Cubs vs. Giants: Live Stream or on TV

    Christopher Morel and the Chicago Cubs (37-42) visit Matt Chapman and the San Francisco Giants (37-42) at 9:45 PM ET on Tuesday.Keep scrolling to find out all the details on how to watch Chicago take on San Francisco live.When is...

    How to Watch 2024 Copa America Today TV Channel and Live Stream | Tuesday, June 25

    Looking to watch the 2024 Copa America matches on Tuesday? You're in the luck. Below, we've listed the start times and TV channels for every match.There is coverage available for all the action in the Copa America today, and we...

    Yankees vs. Mets: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 25

    On Tuesday, a series opener is on the schedule, with the New York Mets (37-39) hosting the New York Yankees (52-28) at 7:10 PM ET.Curious about who's playing for the Yankees and the Mets? Keep scrolling to see complete injury...

    Phillies vs. Tigers: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 25

    The Detroit Tigers (36-42) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (52-26), who will be attempting to extend a three-game winning streak, Tuesday at 6:40 PM ET, at Comerica Park.Looking to see who's available to play for the Phillies and the Tigers?...

    Braves vs. Cardinals: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 25

    The St. Louis Cardinals (40-37) will attempt to build on a four-game winning run on Tuesday versus the Atlanta Braves (43-33), with first pitch at 7:45 PM ET at Busch Stadium.Want to see who's in and who's out for the...

    Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 25

    At Fenway Park on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox (three consecutive wins) play the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 PM ET.Looking to see who's in and who's out for the Red Sox and the Blue Jays? Keep scrolling for full...

    Orioles vs. Guardians: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 25

    At Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles (four consecutive losses) meet the Cleveland Guardians at 6:35 PM ET.Looking to see who's available to play for the Orioles and the Guardians? Continue reading to get full injury...

    Mariners vs. Rays: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 25

    The Tampa Bay Rays (39-40) will host the Seattle Mariners (45-36), in the second game of a three-game series, Tuesday at 6:50 PM ET.Want to see who's available to play for the Mariners and the Rays? Keep scrolling to get...

    Reds vs. Pirates: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 25

    On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds (37-41) are hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates (37-41), at 7:10 PM ET, in the second game of a three-game set.Hoping to find out who's playing for the Reds and the Pirates? Read on to get complete...

    New York Liberty vs. Minnesota Lynx: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

    The New York Liberty and the Minnesota Lynx take the court for the WNBA Commissioner's Cup Championship match on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET. The matchup will air on Prime Video.Watch the WNBA all season long on...

    more bulls news