Chicago Bulls: 3 players who benefit most from Karnisovas hire

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1. Coby White, Point Guard

Former North Carolina Tar Heels 6-foot-5 rookie point guard Coby White had his first season in the NBA halted at an unfortunate time. Just as he seemed to be finding his groove, the first player in the NBA had a positive test for COVID-19 announced. That was Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, back on March 11.

White was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February, and was well on track to pull off a repeat performance in March. He was doing what so many volume scoring and rhythm shooting rookie guards do in the NBA; find his groove and confidence after the All-Star Break.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic induced NBA season hiatus, White played in every single one of the Bulls 65 regular season games. He averaged 13.2 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 0.8 steals, while shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc so far this season.

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All in all, White might’ve been impacted the least in a negative sense by Boylen’s presence this season among all the former Bulls seventh overall draft picks on this list. But this is a crucial time where Karnisovas can really make or break the path for White to become a quality starting-caliber point guard in the NBA.