With the second game of the Bulls’ 2012 Summer League stint in the books, let’s take a quick look at how Jimmy Butler, Marquis Teague, and Malcolm Thomas have fared so far.
Butler has been quite impressive. Jimmy’s averaging a very respectable 24.5 ppg on 48% shooting from the field while also showing efficiency and a knack for getting to the line. His form looks better than I remember, and his jumper appears to have some more arc to it than it did last year. Jimmy has also shown poise, maturity, confidence, and vision in both games.
Teague, on the other hand, has struggled early on. He’s made some careless passes and has turned the ball over a bit too much. However, I think we witnessed a bit of a turning point for Teague somewhere in the second quarter against Houston: from that point on, he seemed to be more cool, confident, and collected. Against the Celtics, Marquis shot 4-for-17 from the field and racked up 8 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, and 6 turnovers. He bounced back against the Rockets, putting up 14 points on a 6-for-13 shooting performance, 5 assists, and shaving a turnover off his Boston total.
Malcolm Thomas, the 6’9″ forward out of San Diego State, is a guy us Bulls fans should probably keep our eyes on. He has put up exactly 10 points and 13 rebounds in both games while facing some pretty solid Summer League frontcourts. K.C. Johnson had this to say about Thomas:
The caveat is back: “It’s only summer league . . .” That said, I’d be surprised if Malcolm Thomas doesn’t get training camp invite.
The Bulls have three Summer League games remaining. We have Thursday off, and then we’ll take on the Warriors, Clippers, and the Bucks over the course of three days.