McDermott, Portis headline Bulls' Summer League roster


McDermott, Portis headline Bulls' Summer League roster

The Bulls announced their official Summer League roster, headlined by first round draft picks Bobby Portis (2015) and Doug McDermott (2014). Fred Hoiberg will coach the 12-man roster.

The Bulls begin play on July 11 against first overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves at 5:30 p.m. CT. They'll then square off against the Toronto Raptors on July 12 at 5 p.m. CT, followed by a date with the Brooklyn Nets on July 14 at 4 p.m. After those three preliminary games the Bulls will be seeded in a 24-team tournament to determine the champion on July 20. Each team is guaranteed at least five games.

Here's a look at the Bulls Summer League roster.

Cameron Bairstow, F, New Mexico

The first-year power forward appeared in 18 games for the Bulls last year, including one start. 

Vander Blue, G, Marquette

A former teammate of Jimmy Butler's at Marquette, the second-year guard played in two games for the banged up Lakers. He went for 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in 48 minutes against the Kings on April 15.

Cristiano Felicio, F, Brazil

The 6-foot-9 Felicio went undrafted in 2015. He averaged 5.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 48 games for Flamengo in the Brazillian NBB League. Flamengo won the 2014-15 championship.

Ramon Galloway, G, La Salle

The A-10's second leading scorer in 2013, the 6-foot-3 guard has played overseas the past two seasons. He competed with the Nuggets during the 2013-14 Summer League.

Diante Garrett, G, Iowa State

A former Cyclone under Fred Hoiberg, Garrett appeared in 71 games for the Utah Jazz last season, aceraging 3.5 points and 1.7 assists in 14.8 minutes per game.

Amere May, G, Delaware State

The MEAC's leading scorer as a senior, the 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 21.0 points and 2.6 assists per game before going undrafted in 2015.

Doug McDermott, F, Creighton

The Bulls' 2014 first-round pick will get an extended look from Hoiberg after appearing in just 36 games as a rookie.

Tyrus McGee, G, Iowa State

Another Cyclone under Hoiberg, McGee played in Germany and Italy last season, averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28 games.

Bobby Portis, F, Arkansas

The Bulls' 2015 first-round pick averaged 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds as a sophomore at Arkansas and was named the SEC Player of the Year.

T.J. Price, G, Western Kentucky

The 6-foot-4 Price led C-USA in 3-point field goal percentage (41.3 percent), averaging 17.1 points and 4.0 assists before going undrafted in 2015.

Rayvonte Rice, G, Illinois

The Fighting Illini's leading scorer a year ago (16.5 points per game) also shot 47 percent from the field, including better than 43 percent from beyond the arc in 2014-15.

Darrell Williams, F, Texas A&M-Commerce

A Chicago native, Williams averaged 18.5 points and 12.4 rebounds in 32 games for the Division II Lions.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?

It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.

"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.

"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."

Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it. 

“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’

LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.