Gafford Goes 20-10 in Bulls Comeback
The Chicago Bulls ended Summer League play yesterday with one final game against the Charlotte Hornets. Despite being down all the way through the third quarter, the Bulls came back to take the win, 75-72.
The win, and their general play throughout Summer League play, was powered by the impressive play of second round pick (#38 overall) Daniel Gafford. Gafford racked up 20 points and compiled 10 rebounds, giving him two 20-10+ lines in the four games he played. Overall, Gafford averaged 14 PPG. 9 RPG, and also provided nearly 3 blocks per game. He has set himself up to fill an important, and open, role for the Bulls in the backup center slot.
Rookie, and #7 overall pick, Coby White showed flashes of his immense potential as well, as he led the Bulls in scoring with 17 PPG. White showed a willingness to pull the trigger on open shots and run the floor at will, as his athleticism and playmaking ability were on full display. The Bulls should be very excited with what they have here, as all the tools are there for White to become a great point guard.
One of the other intriguing stories in the Summer League this year was second year wing, Chandler Hutchison. Hutchison struggled to maintain a rotation spot and looked, frankly, lost on the court at times. He showed flashes of his speed, athletic and defensive abilities, but wasn’t able to carve out enough playing time to show the kind of player he could be. He came into the Summer League needing to prove he was worth the first round pick the Bulls used on him last summer, and he certainly showed us why. Hutchison averaged 13.7 PPG, and despite a weak 29% shooting percentage, showed a willingness to make plays and take his own shots, areas where he looked either uncomfortable or timid at times last season. If he can translate this kind of production into the regular season, he could very well carve out a nice bench role for himself in 2019.
Overall, this Summer League looks to have been a success for the Bulls, as White and Gafford showed off immense potential, and players like Hutchison, Adam Mokoka and Justin Simon showed that their may be room, worst case in the G League, for them in this organization.