Re-Grading the Bulls’ 2023 offseason after early season impressions

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Bulls re-signed young guards: Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White

Young guards Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White also re-signed with Chicago this summer. It was widely believed that we would not bring back both, likely one was to be re-signed, but was not widely believed that both would be re-signed with Chicago. I believe that Ayo was the Bulls’ best draft selection so far since the firing of Gar Forman and John Paxson.

Dosunmu was a stud at Illinois where he averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game as a junior. He was a second-round selection by Chicago in the 2021 draft. He has started 91 games in his first two seasons showing lots of promise. Coby White has really helped the Bulls with his ability to score the ball in his first three years in Chicago, averaging 12.6 points per game. I expect to see these young guards take steps forward this year for the Bulls.

Coby White got the nod from Billy Donovan to be the starting point guard in Chicago this season with the injury to Lonzo Ball. White has played well so far for the Bulls this season averaging 11.9 points and 4.4 assists. The Bulls drafted White back in 2019 with the intention of him being the point guard of the future, however, he saw that role diminish when Chicago signed Lonzo Ball in 2020.

White has however struggled mightily from the perimeter early on this season, shooting just 28.6% from deep thus far. If the Bulls want to find success this season, they need to pick it up from the outside, and White is one of their better three-point shooters and needs to step up to help this team find some success.

Ayo Dosunmu has seen limited minutes so far this season and has played in just 7 of 9 games thus far, as he suffered a concussion early on and missed three games because of it, but when he has played in his limited minutes this year, he has stroked the ball well from beyond the arc.