Point Guard Luck, Is Coby White the Answer? Miami’s Lead, and Other Bulls Bullets
The Chicago Bulls need a point guard. And that’s a sentence Bulls fans have uttered far too many times over the last decade.
- The last time we can say the organization had the position figured out was when they had … well … you know. We proceeded to get a year of competent point guard play from Rajon Rondo, but we all knew that wasn’t a long-time solution. As the rebuild ensued, the Bulls invested in Providence’s standout Kris Dunn as part of the Jimmy Butler trade. He played 149 games over a Chicago career that was shrouded in injuries and stunted growth. From there came a Tomas Satoransky signing and the drafting of Coby White. Both players had a chance to prove their worth as the lead facilitator of the future. Both players – for lack of better words – failed.
- The Lonzo Ball sign-and-trade looked genius. His 35 games as a Bull couldn’t have gone better, as he acted as the perfect leading man next to an offensive-minded core of LaVine, DeRozan, and Vucevic. Not only was he shooting 42.3 percent from downtown, but he was averaging nearly 2.0 steals per game and locking down opposing backcourts. At only 24 years old, he looked like the future … but his knees said otherwise.
- While some of it has simply been picking the wrong player, the bad luck this franchise has continuously had at point guard is truly remarkable. And we’re now set to head into yet ANOTHER season without a clear idea of who should man the position. Instead, it appears as if we’ve moved back into giving Coby White a try. Not only do people seem to be advocating for the Bulls to re-sign him this summer, but there seems to be a push for him to reclaim the starting spot. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s improved tremendously as a ball-handler, defender, and playmaker. I’m all for re-signing him and trying to give him a bigger role. Should that role be as the lead guy, though? I hesitate with that.
- At the end of the day, we just still can’t consider White a pass-first player. Let’s also not forget that this successful and well-rounded season came while averaging the fewest minutes of his career and while playing in the second unit. Again, he deserves a new contract and a little more trust. But it can be a dangerous game to significantly boost a player’s responsibility/primary role. If White was succeeding as a six-man and second-unit leader, I’d like to see him continue that. I’d also like to see him continue to be an off-ball threat to score off screens and catch-and-shoot looks. When I look at White, I think a little about the role Malik Monk currently plays on the Kings. He’s an extremely valuable role player who brings energy off the bench and gets to focus on scoring in bunches.
- What a random stat! lol
- Speaking of the Lakers, after trying to stir up drama with LeBron James off the court, Dillon Brooks was ejected for smacking James down low. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, though, he will not face a suspension.
- Ohhhhh boyyyyy. I don’t think the Heat can pull this off, but we can never rule out Jimmy G. Buckets.
- Victor Oladipo has suffered yet another serious knee injury. You just can’t help but feel for the guy. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
- Shoutout to Julia Poe of the Chicago Tribune for covering this story closer! And another shoutout to Drummond for speaking out!
- Draft week is almost here!
- Another OT win!
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