By: Will Farlow
Coby White has etched himself further into the Chicago Bulls history books in just his first year in his career. Coby White was awarded player of the month for February representing the Eastern Conference. White is the first Bulls rookie to receive these honors since Nikola Mirotic back in 2015. Coby averaged 20.1 points per game and leads rookies in three-point percentage per game through nine games in the month of February.
Coby White back on February 25th in a home game against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder set another milestone high in the NBA record books. Coby became the first rookie in NBA history to score 30 or more points in three straight games off the bench.
Coby in my opinion is the most stable starting point guard the Bulls have had at the position since Derrick Rose. White exhibits a good personality that has registered to his on-court play. White has also solved an issue where the Bulls have a good scoring defensive point guard that meshes cohesively with star Zach Lavine. Coby is a player that can be a cornerstone piece in the new era coming for the Chicago Bulls. Fans wonder what would have happened if Lauri and others were all healthy. The Bulls currently sit at a record of 21-40 on the year and just six games behind the eight seed in the Eastern Conference. Coby White along with players like Wendell Carter Jr, Zach Lavine, and Lauri Markkanen gives hope of the future in the eyes of Bulls fans.
Spectators along with many Bulls fans wonder why Coby White has not been starting at point guard at this point in the season. I agree to a small extent of not rushing his development in the approach by Head Coach Jim Boylen and Team President John Paxson. However, my individual opinion is that Coby White should play a fair portion of remaining regular season games starting at point guard to help him develop into those type of situations. This approach can help prepare Coby for a long-term envisioned future of being the starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls. Many analysts in sports media have given the view of Coby needing to start for Chicago.
The last Chicago Bull drafted out of North Carolina is the best NBA player to ever play the game Michael Jordan drafted back in 1984. The hope of Bulls fans is that a rookie with great scoring, defense, and confidence like Coby White can become another great former North Carolina Tarheel to wear a Bulls uniform.