1. Dalen Terry
When Dalen Terry was drafted 18th overall, he was billed as the do-it-all, jack-of-all-trades that impacts games at the margin and helps teams win games and compete for championships. We saw this at the college level, where Terry played the third musketeer to Bennedict Mathurin and Christian Koloko on a very good Arizona team that went 33-4, finished first in the PAC-12, and secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Eventually, the Wildcats’ March Madness dreams would be cut short, but the Bulls’ front office saw more than enough from Terry to have faith in drafting him in 2022. This is where things get interesting, however, as it will now be on Dalen to showcase his skills in a role that we’ve never seen him play before.
If Dalen Terry is to earn a larger role with the Bulls, he’s going to need to prove he can handle it in the Summer League.
Always playing the role of the unselfish playmaker who creates good looks for his teammates, stretches the floor with his shooting, and cuts to the basket for easy scoring opportunities, we’ve never actually gotten to see much of Dalen creating his own offense or working with the ball in his hands for extended periods of time. Now that he is without a doubt the most prolific member of this Bulls Summer League roster, it will be up to Terry to prove he can be a true difference-maker.
That means no more playing the third musketeer. That means no more passing up decent shot opportunities to dish it out to more accomplished players like Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. This is Dalen’s time to be a premier player and have a heavily featured role in the offense. It may not be a job he’s accustomed to, but this trial by fire may just be what it takes for Chicago to discover if they’ve found a diamond in the rough, or just a quality role player.