Bulls selecting White is a perfect fit
With the seventh overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Coby White, a guard out of North Carolina.
The Bulls were looking for a point guard who can come in and make an immediate impact, and they got that guy in White. After Darius Garland was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the fifth overall pick, White was the obvious choice, with there being a steep drop off in point guards after that. White was also widely seen as the best player still on the board, so given their situation, this is a great pick for the Bulls.
In his freshman season with UNC, White averaged 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He boasted solid shooting numbers as well, shooting 42.3 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent from deep and 80 percent from the free throw line.
At 6-5, White has unprecedented quickness and the ability to score from anywhere on the floor, making him a nightmare for opposing defenses to guard. Pairing him up in the backcourt with Chicago’s leading scorer from last season, Zach LaVine, should make for a formidable duo. White can immediately step in and push Kris Dunn for starters minutes at the point guard position.
An area White can improve is his facilitating, needing to become a better overall passer and decision maker to succeed as a point guard at the next level. However, his lanky frame and shooting ability allows him to slide over and play the two and still contribute as a pure scorer while he develops these abilities. Given his size, athleticism and scoring ability, his game should translate to the NBA level.
While White isn’t perfect, he can step in and contribute right away, something the Bulls desperately need right now. While Chicago would’ve liked to have a higher pick based on the way their season ended, they ultimately made the best of the situation and got their best option in Coby White.