The Chicago Bulls are on an eight-game winning streak. They have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 25-10 and Coby White finally seems to have found his shot. White is averaging 16 points and shooting 43% from three points during the winning streak.
Still, some NBA analysts believe the Bulls would be better off without White on the roster.
Coby White called the player the Bulls must trade
Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale thinks the Bulls need to move White for a variety of reasons.
âCoby White missed the start of the season by rehabilitating his left shoulder and has some scorching performances to his name in the last few games,â Favale wrote. “But that’s not enough to declare him part of the bigger picture for the Chicago Bulls.”
Favale is obviously unimpressed with White’s recent round of elite shooting, but there is no mention of his significantly improved defense. Watching White every night, it’s clear that he works harder in man-to-man defensive situations, gets through screens more easily, and achieves that kind of “winning game” on the defensive end of the team. ground.
âTheir rotation in the backcourt is more crowded than ever (at full throttle) with Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and Zach LaVine,â continued Favale. âOf course, White’s idea isn’t exactly redundant. Lonzo and Caruso aren’t rebound magicians, and the Bulls could use another striker and perimeter spacer. Except, well, White doesn’t fit this bill. He shoots a low career percentage of three and remains a faltering and infrequent finisher around the hoop. DeMar DeRozan’s main creation has partnered with everything LaVine does on and off the ball that makes White expendable when he’s not big enough to play. Ayo Dosunmu’s defensive emergence only complicates the secondary rotation, and not in White’s favor.
Judging White’s three-point accuracy based on his pre-December shot wasn’t exactly fair considering he was still fit after recovering from shoulder surgery. What we’ve seen of White in the past 8 games is more indicative of what the Bulls and the fans expect from him. He’s a smaller, but more relevant sample, and his current shooting streak is better than he’s ever shot three in his career.
While not a LaVine-level finisher, White already achieves a career-high 57.7% of his shots within three feet of the basket and I would expect that percentage to increase now that he is in good health and COVID-19 free. That recent twist and finish and the hoop-and-evil play (both from Chicago Bulls Twitter Account) are just a sample of what he’s been up to on the pitch in recent games.
Yet Favale maintains: âMoving a prospect in the top seven on his rookie deal always stings unless he gets a star, and White isn’t good enough to be a magnet for success. But a diminishing role and impending extension eligibility should cause Chicago to probe its market value in favor of veteran acquisitions or picks that can help them bolster future deals.
Can White continue to play well as a reserve?
Before Whites hit their stride, Favale’s points seemed a bit more valid. However, White’s professional demeanor and significantly improved game must give the Bulls a break if they consider moving the 21-year-old.
At the very least, it makes sense to wait until the team are perfectly healthy with everyone available before making a decision on White. The key is whether it can maintain its effectiveness as a reserve.
The Bulls need an aggressive scorer off the bench and White has the skills to be the guy.
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