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On the Clock: Scouting North Carolina point guard Coby White

On the Clock: Scouting North Carolina point guard Coby White

Will the Bulls draft North Carolina point guard Coby White? Check out our scouting report on the lightning-quick guard in the video above, and read scouting reports on White from Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue below.

Mark Schanowski on White:

"NBA scouts are very excited about White’s potential as a scoring lead guard. With elite speed and an ability to score in transition, White reminds NBA talent evaluators of Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox. White came on strong late in the season for Carolina. He played some of his best games when it mattered most. He averaged 16 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 35% from beyond the 3-point line.

"Because of his height, White is capable of playing both guard positions at the pro level but he told reporters at the NBA Draft Combine he sees himself as a point guard first. White is gonna have to prove he can make that NBA 3-point shot but there’s no reason to believe he can’t extend his range with more reps. He only averaged 4 assists in 28.5 minutes on the college level so he’ll need to prove he can run a halfcourt offense. White was more of a shoot-first point guard at North Carolina and his court vision and decision making will be under the microscope as a rookie in the NBA.

"The Bulls could love to add a high-upside point guard to compete with Kris Dunn for the starting job heading into camp. And even though White isn’t an ideal fit as a facilitator who will get the ball to the Bulls’ top scorers, his ability to push the ball in transition and finish at the rim would be a major asset in the type of offense Jim Boylen wants to run."

Will Perdue on White:

"Can play with incredible pace but unlike a lot of point guards, can play at a high speed but has the handles in order to do so. He also has really good footwork, thus he can get into his shot off the bounce or off the pass. He is a very streaky shooter but he does have enough lift that he can shoot over like-sized players.

"He also has 3-point range and is a guy that can spread out the defense. He does need to learn how to play at different speeds and also become more adept at being the coach on the floor and being the coach’s eyes and ears. He will occasionally try to force shots as he looks to put his head down and attack the rim. But with experience and repetition, he’ll become an adept point guard at the NBA level.

"He reminds me a lot of Mark Price and hopefully over time and experience and repetition will be a dead-eye shooter from behind the 3-point range."

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine turns in an All Star performance as the Bulls beat the Clippers

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine turns in an All Star performance as the Bulls beat the Clippers

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, See Red Fred joins Big Dave and Matt Peck. The guys talk about some big plays down the stretch by Zach LaVine and Denzel Valentine. Plus a great defensive job by Kris Dunn on Paul George. (1:30) See Red Fred states his case for more playing time for Denzel Valentine. (4:00) Plus what's going to happen when Otto Porter and Chandler Hutchison come back. (8:00) The guys share some concerns about Coby White in the short term. (10:30) See Red Fred tells you about 3 players who have exceeded expectations this year. (13:00) Plus the guys debate whether Zach LaVine should compete in the dunk contest or 3 point competition. (18:00) They discuss the impact that Kris Dunn has had on the defensive end of the floor. (20:30) Plus See Red Fred lays out his blueprint for the Bulls to make the playoffs. (23:30) Plus the guys make a wager regarding the rest of the season. (25:00)
 

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Bulls down Clippers, post 1st victory over winning team with strong finish

Bulls down Clippers, post 1st victory over winning team with strong finish

Just over two hours before tipoff, in his first public comments since Media Day, executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson talked about how Jim Boylen’s teaching and coaching hasn’t always translated from the practice floor and film room to games.

Could the Bulls’ first victory this season over a winning team be a step?

And don’t mention that the Clippers played without Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams in the Bulls’ 109-106 victory, secured on Zach LaVine’s three-point play with 2 seconds to play.

“Well, we didn’t have (Otto Porter Jr.) or Hutch (Chandler Hutchison) or (Daniel) Gafford,” Boylen said. “So we can ‘Yeah, but’ it a little bit too.”

Bravado aside, there’s stuff on which the Bulls can build here.

LaVine posted his sixth 30-point game and ended a week filled with closing misses with a game-winner in which he powered through a Montrezl Harrell foul on a nice misdirection play involving Kris Dunn. Lauri Markkanen tied his season-high with 17 rebounds while posting his third double-double of the season. Denzel Valentine, playing all but two seconds of the fourth, hit a huge tying 3-pointer in the final minute and scored a season-high 16 points. Thad Young tied his season-high with 17 points.

And Dunn was everywhere, relishing the challenge of guarding Paul George down the stretch and winning a crucial battle for a 50-50 ball that led to Valentine’s tying shot.

“That was a huge moment,” Boylen said.

So was Valentine closing a game.

“I just thought we needed some more shooting on the floor,” Boylen said. “We’ve wrestled with defensive lineups, offensive lineups. We try to mingle them a little bit. I just thought we needed someone to make a big shot. And he did.”

Valentine has now scored in double figures off the bench in five of six games.

“I’m very confident in my abilities,” Valentine said. “I was just waiting for the ball to come my way. Zach is our best player. So the ball’s going to be in his hands. But shoot, I’m ready for it. I love those moments. I love to make those shots.”

Dunn, who finished a plus-22, defended George as he missed a good look for a tying 3-pointer. George scored 10 points in just over 7 minutes in the fourth but missed all three attempts following Valentine’s tying shot.

“I love it,” Dunn said of guarding great players. “I know my niche on this team is to guard. And I take pride in that. It feels good to go against a big-time player and be able to get stops towards the end.”

Markkanen actually received credit for the rebound that Dunn kept alive to lead to Valentine’s tying shot, which Dunn said Markkanen teased him about. Dunn finished with nine points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.

But his two biggest plays didn’t even crash the box score. He won the 50-50 ball to lead to Valentine’s tying shot and then confused the Clippers’ defense by slipping a screen on LaVine’s game-winner.

“I knew Zach was going to get downhill,” Dunn said. “Because once I did it, I saw Paul George look at me.”

LaVine couldn’t believe how much space he had to operate.

“I’ll take it,” he said. “Once I saw the lane open up, I think there were like 5 seconds left. We were trying to get the last shot. But once the lane opened up, I tried to get a one-on-one. He’s a tough dude. I knew I could attack his body.”

LaVine missed game-winning attempts on an isolation 3-pointer against the Warriors and over a double-team against the Raptors. His three-point play offered a dose of redemption for a player who is never afraid to fail.

“You’re not going to be perfect. As much as people are going to show more of the bad than the good, I’ve had a lot of good times in the clutch as well,” LaVine said. “I try to make the right play for us to win. And I did that tonight.”

For one night, matters were more positive. The Bulls closed out a game against a good team and received multiple contributions while doing so.

Heck, Boylen even downplayed Paxson’s vote of confidence.

“We understand what we’re trying to do. We’re in step on what we’re asking our guys to do and play like and work like and care like,” the coach said. “I’m thankful for it. But I wouldn’t expect anything less.”