The Chicago Bulls opened their run at the Las Vegas Summer League Saturday with a commanding win over the Memphis Grizzlies, 81-67. Andrew Goudelock led all scorers with 26 points, Marquis Teague had 12 points and 7 assists, Malcolm Thomas had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tony Snell scored 7 points in his professional debut.
There was a lot to like on the floor tonight. Marquis Teague was in control of the game from the get-go, getting to the rim at will and finding teammates for easy looks. In fact, that 7 assist number is somewhat misleading because of all the flubbed layups and drawn fouls his passes led to. He still can’t shoot, but he didn’t need to. He can beat just about anyone off the dribble, and he was in the lane constantly, whether he started in isolation or in a pick and roll.
Snell was pretty quiet overall, especially after opening the scoring with a three from the wing. But his jumper looks good and he flashed some off-the-dribble ability and had a couple of nice cuts. His defense is also decent — although it’s hard to judge things like that in summer league — and he had a spectacular open-court block on Tony Wroten of the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter.
Goudelock was very impressive, especially during a 17-1 Bulls run in the second quarter. He doesn’t pass a whole lot, and his shot selection is less than ideal, but he was putting them in. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune and Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago both said on Twitter that they thought it was unlikely Goudelock signs with the Bulls, but he’ll probably find a home elsewhere in the league.
One of the few disappointments of the night was rookie forward Erik Murphy, who committed 10 fouls and couldn’t find the range on his jumper. But it’s just one game, and his form is fine. If he works on extending his range, he’ll be fine.
Oh, and we are saddened to report that Charles Boozer, Carlos Boozer’s little brother, received a DNP – Coach’s Decision for the game. Hopefully he’ll get some burn later in the summer.
The Bulls’ next LVSL game will be Monday, July 15 at 9:30 p.m. central time. Be sure to follow @BullsBeatBlog for live updates.