GM Calls Bulls Rookie Dalen Terry ‘NBA Ready’

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The Chicago Bulls begin summer league action on July 8, and all eyes will be on first-round rookie Dalyn Terry, the 18th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. And they won’t be just eyes inside the Bulls either.

Bulls summer coach John Bryant Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago said Terry and second-year striker Marko Simonovic will appear in Las Vegas.

Simonovic has also been receiving attention because he has benefited significantly during the season.

But Terry, whose energy has been tapped since the draft of the night, may have a better chance of making a more immediate impact than expected. As one of the competing CEOs said Hevi’s Sean DevineTerry has a straightforward “NBA Ready” skill.


Terry already has fans around the league

The 6-foot-7 athlete played guard in college. But Bulls general manager Mark Eversley has already said he expects Terry to be a winger at the NBA level. Its versatility was intriguing to Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnsovas.

Even if he doesn’t get a chance to view it all right away – he’ll be on a roster of three All-Star caliber players – Terry has another skill that should get him to the ground.

“The thing everyone loved about Terry is that he’s ready for the NBA with his defense alone. It was the same way with Ayew, and I think that can make you sit on the ground. [Bulls head coach] Billy Donovan now. It would be hell for him, Io and Caruso to come off the bench for a defensive trio.”


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Dosunmu, the 38th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, was the Bulls’ only choice. He earned honors in the All-Rookie after averaging 8.8 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting over 52% from the ground and over 37% on three-pointers.

If Terry could repeat it, Donovan wouldn’t be able to get him off the ground.

“I don’t know if Terry is ready to attack,” the CEO said, “if he can take enough shots to keep him there. You can’t have a black hole in there aggressively. It might take a while before he feels comfortable.”


Terry Show in Las Vegas

Terry’s selection came as a bit of a surprise to those expecting the bulls to either craft an rim guard or trade one. None of that happened because the team took late Terry to boost their wing depth.

His shaky offense was a concern of some initial draft. He was expected by some to go in the latter stages of the first round rather than the middle where the Bulls took him.

In the summer league, he will have a great opportunity to prove why he is the right choice.

As Karnisovas noted during Terry’s introductory press conference, the former Arizona Wildcat improved his touch from behind the arc as the season ended. He fired 60% in 2.5 attempts during the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments.

He also averaged 12 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists (for just 1.7), and 1.8 steals.

But, if his defense goes public, his shot could come at its own pace given the needs of the bulls around the trio of DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic.

Bulls Big Three posted an offensive rating of 114.1, ranked 64th, for all their glass-cleaning. But their defensive rating was 114.6 which gives them a net rating of 0.50.

Which came in thirty-second place.

Karnisovas acknowledged the bulls need to improve defense if they are to take the next step. Terry could go a long way to help in this regard if he can make enough shots to keep the defense honest.


Don’t fall into the trap

Donovan mentioned that one thing Terry can’t do is lose his enthusiasm and energy throughout his 82 game season. The way it bounces after playing poorly or too little will matter.

Terry also cannot fall into the trap that we have seen from Patrick Williams over the past two seasons.


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Williams showed aggression when he was on the ground alone but could disappear when on the ground with the best Bulls players. Terry carries a similar warning with him in the league. But his response to questions about it is that he was simply playing his part.

It will be his turn to play the summer league championship. And while that won’t be his turn next season, he can still get an instantaneous turn with his tenacity and defence.

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