Although the 2019-20 season was overall disappointing for the Chicago Bulls, there has been some small positive moments here and there. One of them took place yesterday when it was announced Coby White was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. It’s a feat which hasn’t been achieved by many Bulls rookies as of late.
Coby White is just the third Bull to make an all-rookie team in the last ten seasons (Niko Mirotic - 2015, Lauri Markkanen - 2018 - both 1st team).— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) September 15, 2020
Looking at the voting distribution (as tweeted by K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago), White got eight first-team votes but garnered 74 second-team votes, the most of any rookie. Overall, he finished seventh highest in terms of total points of anyone on the ballot. Tyler Herro, Terrance Davis, P.J. Washington, and Rui Hachimura were also named to the second team.
It was overall a great season for White. He showed potential as he averaged 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Almost immediately he showed solid offensive potential as he scored 17 and 25 points in the first two games in the NBA. He ended up topping those performances by going seven of 11 from three to drop 27 points and save the Bulls from defeat against the New York Knicks. White was a spark off the bench and got named the starting point guard against the Cavaliers in Chicago’s last game before the shutdown. There are still questions about which guard position suits White the best overall but his rookie season was promising. He has the ability to shoot off the dribble from three, a skill which is highly valuable in today’s NBA. White can catch fire from the field anytime during the game and those scoring spurts are crucial to any team. But he still has room to grow as a player, particularly his playmaking and defense. He had a true shooting percentage of 50.6 and shot 35.4 percent from three so improving on these numbers should also be one of his goals for next season.
As the Bulls look for a new head coach, one of the questions they will have to answer is how can they get the most of White and his abilities. He’s viewed as a part of Chicago’s young core moving forward and getting named to the All-Rookie team is a good start to his career.