The Bulls’ Summer League schedule ended with a 93-85 victoryover the Minnesota Timberwolves. That gave them three straight wins and a 3-2 record overall. Rookie James Johnson led the team with 18 points and 7 rebounds. In five summer games, Johnson compiled some nice all-around averages: 16.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 3.6 APG. His 40 percent shooting was a little low for a big man, but the Bulls are used to that.
Fellow rookie Taj Gibson missed the team’s final three games with a sore foot. In the two games he did play, Gibson averaged a double-double (13 PPG, 10 RPG) while shooting 55 percent. One concern, other than the injury, is that he swatted only one shot…and this is a guy who finished his college career as USC’s all-time leader in blocked shots— third Pac-10 history. He also racked up 19 fouls in those two contests.
The Summer League pretty much confirmed my suspicions about the two rooks. They have talent and potential, but they’re pretty raw. Fortunately, they won’t be expected to do much heavy lifting this season, barring an injury to Tyrus Thomas, Joakim Noah or Brad Miller. Still, it’s nice to have the added depth in the front court, especially since the back court depth is wafer thin.
Summer League Info
Chicago Bulls: Summer League Central