1. Coby White
There should be no debate over who deserves to occupy the top spot here, as Coby White stakes his claim at No. 1. Entering the season as the starting point guard, Coby has more potential to have a breakout season than anyone else on the roster.
After displaying significant growth in his ball-handling, playmaking, and defense at the end of last season, Coby carried this positive momentum and combined his new skills with his already elite shooting ability. As training camp and the preseason progressed, it became increasingly clear that White is the right man for the job.
Coby White is in prime position to have a career year with the Bulls.
As such, I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest to see Coby massively exceed his meager expectations from ESPN. One of the most promising signs I’ve seen from Coby is his year-by-year development. His BPM supports this notion, showing his feel for the game is only getting better.
- 2019-20: -2.9 BPM
- 2020-21: -2.4 BPM
- 2021-22: -2.1 BPM
- 2022-23: -0.8 BPM
If he keeps this up, I have faith that he can become a genuine two-way player, an archetype that’s worth its weight in gold these days. In fact, Coby’s recent three-year, $33 million contract extension will look like an absolute heist if he becomes even 80% as good as the player I believe he can be.