Bulls basketball just got exciting again. Sure, they’re still losing, but for one of the few times all season…I feel hope for the future. The reason is the suddenly unstoppable Coby White.
The dynamic rookie out of North Carolina found the turbo button over the last 3 games, setting a career high with 33 points against Phoenix, then tying it the next night in a win over Washington. To top that, he topped that with a 35-point outing against playoff-bound OKC. It’s not just the totals, it’s the way Coby’s doing it. Barrages of 3s mixed with creative finishes at the basket and nifty midrange(!) shots. So great to see him mixing in the midrange. The 20-year old is learning the ins and outs of scoring in the paint and shots are falling at a record pace – literally.
The league is beginning to take notice:
The pressure is on Jim Boylen to start Coby White, but so far he isn’t budging. We’ll see if Coby doesn’t crack the starting 5 by sometime in March. Because he really takes the pressure off Zach LaVine, who’s carried the team all season. Zach has been lighting it up alongside Coby since the All-Star break, including 41 against the Thunder. Speaking of the All-Star break, remember when the NBA didn’t include Coby White in the Rising Stars game? Something tells me he’ll get the invite as a sophomore.
The future of the backcourt looks bright, as Zach and Coby form a tough duo to guard. A smile from the fairy godmother of good health for Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter – and suddenly you’re looking at a strong starting lineup. Bench pieces will include Daniel Gafford, Chandler Hutchison, Tomas Satoransky, maybe Kris Dunn + a lottery pick. Reason for hope next year, Bulls Nation. Now, back to Googling “Coby”.