In their last game of the “regular season” of NBA Summer League, the Chicago Bulls will square off against polarizing rookie point guard Trae Young and his Atlanta Hawk teammates.
But while the high-profile Young has captured the media attention this summer, his second-year teammate John Collins has been their star so far. Collins averaged 24 points per game in two games (the second highest average of any Summer League player) and has been shut down for the rest of NBA Summer League.
Meanwhile, Young has averaged 10.5 points per game on 29 percent from the field, although he has averaged seven assists per game.
As for the Bulls, Antonio Blakeney was a disastrous 2-for-15 from the field in a 69-60 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. He led the team in field goal attempts and his total shot attempts matched the shot attempts of Chandler Hutchison (10) and Wendell Carter Jr. (five) combined. That’s a problem, especially when his shot selection was questionable as well. In that game, the Bulls scored 60 points in 40 minutes and shot 30.4 percent from the field while committing 18 turnovers.
But new day, new game.
Tonight, the game against Atlanta will go a long way towards determining the all-important (sarcasm) seeding for the end-of-the-NBA-Summer-League tournament. So, it’s basically must-watch television and you better tune in today.