Chicago Bulls: 3 players who lose most from NBA hiatus

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1. Coby White, Point Guard

Another guard for the Chicago Bulls that was starting to break through of late is the former North Carolina Tar Heels 6-foot-5 floor general and the team’s seventh overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Coby White. By no means was White on pace to contend with Zion Williamson and Ja Morant for the Rookie of the Year honors, but he was heating up of late.

This rookie class for the Bulls could be very memorable over the long haul. With the promising signs White was showing in his development out of the All-Star Break combined with the entire body of work from rookie center Daniel Gafford, there’s a lot to be excited about for Bulls fans. If the likes of power forward Lauri Markkanen, center Wendell Carter Jr., and small forward Otto Porter Jr. can bounce back next season, this could be an improved young core.

White is one of the few Bulls players that was able to compete in each of the team’s 65 games so far this season. In that span of games, White averaged 13.2 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists, while shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. He was also starting to improve his free-throw shooting, hitting his attempts at a clip just shy of 80 percent this season.

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Down the stretch prior to the NBA hiatus, White was really starting to look like the point guard of the future for this franchise. Head coach Jim Boylen made the move to start White for the first time this season in the win over the Cavaliers, moving him beyond 6-foot-7 combo guard Tomas Satoransky on the depth chart.