Bulls Summer League team dominating, #1 seed in elimination round

Bulls Summer League team dominating, #1 seed in elimination round

The Chicago Bulls Summer League team blew out another opponent on Tuesday, destroying the Wolves 107-73 to finish with a perfect record in the preliminary round.  The 34-point win was the second largest in Samsung Summer League history.

Doug McDermott once again showed why the Bulls traded so much to acquire him on draft night, as he led all scorers with 20 points on 7/13 shooting, including 4/7 from behind the arc. Game Highlights

McDermott added a game-high six assists and five rebounds in just over 26 minutes of action.

Bulls Summer League Box Scores

The Bulls sent Denver the #16 and #19 picks in this summer's draft for McDermott, plus they had to use a traded player exception (from the Luol Deng trade) to take Anthony Randolph in the deal. They then had to send two second-round picks, plus enough cash to pay Randolph's salary this season, to Orlando so they could rid themselves of Randolph's contract.

McDermott Bullsville

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So in total, the Bulls gave up five draft picks to get McDermott - but so far, he has proven to be well worth the cost. Even though he struggled in Game 1, he is now sixth in scoring in Vegas (20.3 points per game). He is shooting .485 from the field, including .524 on three-point attempts, and .947 on free throws.

Even though he isn't necessarily known for his passing, McDermott is also tied for 10th in assists so far in Vegas.

Tony Snell only hit 4/12 shots against Minnesota, but he did make two of his four 3-point attempts in finishing with 12 points. Snell's 20.7 points per game is good for fifth overall in the SL, and he is shooting .522 from long range on 7.7 attempts.

Bulls Summer League Team Stats

As a team, the Bulls Summer League squad really could not have played any better. Not only have they won all three games by an average of 25.7 points, they have two of the three 100-point games in Vegas. They have also won all 12 quarters they have played, which gave them the tiebreaker over the Knicks, Cavaliers and Wizards (the only other teams to finish 3-0).

The 24 teams now enter the elimination phase of the SL, and the Bulls have a first-round bye. Their next game will be Thursday at 9:30 PM CT against the winner of the Sixers/Lakers contest. The game will be broadcast on NBA-TV at 8 AM CT Friday morning.

If the Bulls win on Thursday, they will advance to Saturday's quarterfinals and would play at 7 PM CT on NBA-TV. If you haven't watched any Bulls Summer League Games yet, I highly recommend you check out their next game. McDermott has been much better than I thought he would be, and Tony Snell has really improved over the summer as well.


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