1. Coby White, Point Guard
The second of the two former seventh overall picks of the Bulls in the last two NBA Drafts is the 6-foot-5 and 185 pound former North Carolina Tar Heels point guard Coby White. The overall stat line for White throughout his rookie campaign wasn’t great by any means, but he definitely ended on a high-note.
At this point, Bulls fans are well aware of the unfortunate timing of White getting hot right before the COVID-19 pandemic put the season on pause. But pretty much all players were impacted by that to some degree so it’s not a huge excuse for White.
We will hopefully still see a version of White that is productive and in rhythm as much as he was throughout the last month and a half this season.
White played in all 65 games prior to the season getting placed on pause. 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, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 79.1 percent from the charity stripe. That allowed him to register a -2.8 box plus/minus rating, 100 offensive rating/112 defensive rating, 50.6 true shooting percentage, .026 win shares per 48 minutes, and -0.3 value over replacement player rating.
Advanced numbers are pretty deceiving for White’s case. He did much better for the Bulls this season than those metrics would show. He was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month and was nearly on pace to try to do the same for March prior to the hiatus. There’s no way that White should be a part of trade discussions during is first full offseason in the NBA.