The answer to the million dollar question isn’t getting any clearer.
Is the tandem of Zach LaVine and Coby White the Chicago Bulls backcourt of the future?
The two young guards combined for 76 points on 27-for-45 from the field (60 percent), hitting 17 of the Bulls franchise-record 25 three pointers. Their special performances powered the Bulls to a 129-116 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday evening.
But the two guys have a net rating of nearly -10 in the team-high 588 minutes they’ve shared the floor together this season. Part of the reason is that White is a shooting guard being forced to play the point guard position. Meaning the Bulls may have two ball-dominant shooting guards who don’t complement each other particularly well.
If you’re ready to give up on the ‘Coby White point guard experiment’ already that means another year has come and passed and the Bulls still haven’t found that elusive point guard of the future they’ve been searching for since Derrick Rose left.
Tonight, the Bulls face off against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Bulls have finally won a game against an East playoff team, and have another earlier this year against the Blazers, but both opponents were very injured at the time. In this case, the Clippers are without one of their top stars in Paul George, but a victory for the Bulls would deserve the ‘signature win’ label.
In George’s absence, look for Nicolas Batum. Yes, the Clippers randomly have Nicolas Batum on their team now.
Like every matchup against the current iteration of the Clippers, the Bulls are going to have their hands full.
Game Time: 7:00 p.m CDT; NBC Sports Chicago