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Who's that guy who iced the Bulls' preseason win with a dagger 3? We're glad you asked

Who's that guy who iced the Bulls' preseason win with a dagger 3? We're glad you asked

If you were watching Tuesday's Bulls-Pelicans game on NBC Sports Chicago, first off we'd like to thank you for tuning in. Also, you may officially call yourself a die-hard Bulls fan. And we like those guys and gals.

But even the biggest die-hards might have been scratching their heads when they saw No. 31 take the floor for the Bulls on Tuesday night. And it may have been even more confusing when that same No. 31 buried a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down to give the Bulls a four-point lead with 7.5 seconds remaining.

Unless you live in Hoffman Estates or really love your Windy City Bulls, let us introduce you to Jarell Eddie.

The 25-year-old spent last season with the Windy City Bulls after being dealt by the Austin Spurs for Hollis Thompson in January. In 20 games (13 starts), Eddie averaged 17.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.1 minutes. He shot 50 percent from the field, 49 percent from deep and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe. That play earned him a pair of 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns in March.

He played for the Wizards — where he played two years ago — in the Summer League, averaging 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He shot 48 percent and 46 percent from deep.

You may be noticing a trend: Eddie is pretty lethal from deep. So then it wouldn't surprise you that Eddie won the 2015 D-League Three-Point Contest while playing with Austin. That may not seem like a wild accomplishment, but consider he beat Seth Curry. That would be brother of Steph Curry. Seth plays for the Mavericks and shot 43 percent from deep last season. So, yeah, Eddie knocking off the brother of the world's greatest shooter was pretty impressive.

On Tuesday night it was Eddie's only shot attempt in 4 minutes, but he sure made it count. Eight Bulls connected on a 3-pointer in the victory, with Eddie's — of course — being the last.

Bulls continue stockpiling young point guards

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Bulls continue stockpiling young point guards

Point Guard of the Future Part VIII? 

The Bulls added another guard to their already-claustrophobic backcourt on Monday, claiming Kay Felder off free agency waivers, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. 

Felder, 22, was dealt alongside Richard Jefferson from the Cavaliers to the Hawks on Saturday before being immediately waived.

The Bulls then decided to take a flyer on the Oakland University product because why the heck not? Barring some type of NBA miracle, the Bulls are on a season-long march to the lottery, so adding another young player can't hurt. Even if Felder is now the fifth point guard, joining Cameron Payne, Kris Dunn, Ryan Arcidiacono and Jerian Grant, on the squad. 

In 42 games with the Cavs last season, Felder averaged four points and 1.4 assists in just over nine minutes. He was drafted with the hope that he could further his NCAA reputation as a scorer. However, he connected on just 39 percent from the field during his rookie season. He's also undersized -- like Nate Robinson-Isaiah Thomas Undersized -- lowering his ceiling as a defender. 

Whether he can find a niche as a second-unit heat check guy remains to be seen, but with Kris Dunn expected to miss a few weeks, it gives Fred Hoiberg another option at the very least. He's also former NBA All-Star Steve Smith's cousin, should you believe in the power of basketball families. 

In a corresponding move, the Bulls waived Diamond Stone and preseason hero, Jarell Eddie. 

Observations from the Bulls' preseason finale loss to the Raptors

Observations from the Bulls' preseason finale loss to the Raptors

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Justin Holiday shines again

It's pretty evident who the leader of the Bulls is through the preseason. Whether he wanted it or not - and it seems like he did - Justin Holiday is the go-to man in Chicago. He finished his impressive presason with a 17-point outing against the Raptors, including 6-for-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, a steal and a block in 28 minutes. He even added four assists, showing some playmaking to go along with his scoring. He finishes the preseason averaging 17.2 points on 44 percent shooting, 57 percent (!!) from deep and 1.6 steals. He and LaVine will be fun to watch together on the wing.

Lauri Markkanen's jumper stays confident

Lauri Markkanen's NBA career got off to a rough start. But he's more than righted the ship. Gone is the 1-for-9 performance in his first outing, and in is the 11-for-21 he shot in his final two games. That included 7-for-12 from deep, and he even added seven rebounds on Friday against Toronto. Markkanen has plenty of weight to put on before he can hang inside - Toronto's tough interior pushed him around quite a bit in his 29 minutes - but this was another step in the right direction for Markkanen, whose back issues seemed non-existent.

Jerian Grant flirts with a triple-double

Jerian Grant was likely to earn the starting point guard job out of training camp even if Kris Dunn didn't get injured, and tonight would have solidified it. Grant had 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 27 efficient minutes. Though Kyle Lowry had his way (17 points in 26 minutes) that was more or less to be expected. But Grant was confident stepping into his shot, played aggressive on defense (two steals, two fouls) and found plenty of open shooters. The Bulls may struggle this season, but Fred Hoiberg has to be happy starting a backcourt of Grant and Holiday.

Bobby Portis: Some good, some really bad

Bobby Portis has had a not-so-great preseason, so it was nice to see him score 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting and grab four rebounds in his preseason finale. Then again, he played 18 minutes and somehow committed eight turnovers. Between losing balls in traffic, errant passes and some head-scratching decisions, it was tough to call Portis' night a success. He should find time on the second unit, but he needs to show improvement in all areas, not just scoring.

Antonio Blakeney gives it one (nine) last shot(s)

It'd be nice to see a great story like Antonio Blakeney stick on the Bulls' roster, and he made sure he was remembered in his final preseason game. In 20 minutes he took nine shots, hitting three for nine points. He didn't record any other stat but three fouls in his time on the floor, and was a -21 as the Raptors rode away with the win in the fourth quarter. But we're putting him here because there's a chance he can make the Bulls' roster, especially with LaVine out and Zipser potentially needing to miss time.