Butler, Teague highlight Bulls' summer league roster


Butler, Teague highlight Bulls' summer league roster

Guided by Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin, the Bulls summer-league team will be headlined by swingman Jimmy Butler and first-round draft pick Marquis Teague.
Former NBA player Jermaine Taylor, a shooting guard who played in the D-League last season after stints with Sacramento and Houston in the past, as well as ex-Celtics power forward Leon Powe -- who crossed paths with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau in Boston -- will also be on the roster for the NBA's summer league in Las Vegas.
A familiar name in Chicago, former St. Joseph High School and University of Illinois standout point guard Demetri McCamey, will also play for the Bulls, as will two players who had a cup of coffee in the NBA last season: swing man Edwin Ubiles, who played for the Wizards, and power forward Malcolm Thomas, who played for the Spurs.
Practicing with the team at the Berto Center this week, but not joining them in Vegas, according to a source, will be two point guards with NBA experience: Jonny Flynn, a well-traveled, albeit young, free agent who finished last season in Portland, and Marcus Banks, who played in the D-League last season after several years as a journeyman in the league; Northern Illinois product and Chicago native Jake Anderson, and Kashif Watson, the younger brother of now-former Bulls backup point guard C.J. Watson, will also participate in the mini-camp, as well as former BYU swing man Charles Abouo.
The complete roster, CSNChicago.com has learned, is as follows: Jimmy Butler, 6-foot-6 small forward; Oley Czyz, 6-foot-7 power forward; Justin Johnson, 6-foot-2 point guard; Demetri McCamey, 6-foot-3 point guard; Ramone Moore, 6-foot-5 shooting guard; Leon Powe, 6-foot-8 power forward; Chase Simon, 6-foot-5 shooting guard; Henry Sims, 6-foot-10 power forward; Jamie Skeen, 6-foot-8 power forward; Jermaine Taylor, 6-foot-4 shooting guard; Marquis Teague, 6-foot-2 point guard; Malcolm Thomas, 6-foot-9 power forward; Henry Sims, 6-foot-10 power forward; Edwin Ubiles, 6-foot-6 small forward.
The Bulls' first game in Las Vegas will be next Tuesday, July 17, at 9 PM Central time, on UNLV's campus.

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

According to Bleacher Report, Wendell Carter Jr. would be taken fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies if the NBA were to redraft this year’s class based off of Summer League performances.

It may sound like a crazy concept (and it is), but Carter Jr. averaged the second most points, 14.6, through five July games in Las Vegas. He also averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field while averaging 28.8 minutes in his glamorous first-stint with Chicago. Those numbers are even more striking if you consider Carter Jr.’s 42.9 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.

Carter Jr., the real seventh overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, looked like the all-around player the Bulls were hoping to get this offseason. He made his blocking abilities as a center known from the moment he stepped on the court in Summer League.

In their re-draft, Bleacher Report had Chicago using the No. 7 pick on the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, who was actually taken 36th overall in last month’s Draft.

Robinson, a center, averaged 13 points and 24.8 minutes per game over five Summer League contests. He was the best rebounder on his team with an average of 10.2 in the five games that the Knicks played.

The 20-year-old took the second most shots on the Knicks and had the highest field goal percentage at 67 percent, but Robinson did not have any three-point attempts.  What made his recent production seem even more surprising was the fact that the 7'1'' big man did not play a single minute of college basketball.

But would Robinson fit in the Bulls’ system?

Chicago has taken on an offense-first mentality, so Robinson would not be as great of a fit in the Bulls lineup as Carter Jr., but he would still be an impact player. He can be compared to the Bulls’ current center Robin Lopez, who averaged a similar amount of points per game (11.8 points in 26.4 minutes) last season as Robinson’s Summer League average (13 points in 24.8 minutes). And like Lopez, Robinson will likely be most effective around the basket and in the pick-and-roll.

Robinson would also have to learn the defensive concepts that a veteran like Lopez has mastered over his 10-year career.

Next season, the Bulls will have an exciting scoring trio of Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Carter Jr. in the frontcourt. And the fact that Carter Jr. is getting so much love in the national spotlight is yet another reason for Bulls fans to be excited about this upcoming season.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What else can the Blackhawks do this summer?


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What else can the Blackhawks do this summer?

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis is joined by Scott Powers of The Athletic to discuss Stan Bowman's comments following the Marian Hossa trade and debate whether they're finished making moves this summer.

They also provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks' top prospects and which players have caught their attention as development camp winds down.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: