James Johnson looked really good to me, and let me tell you the Bulls are very high on this guy. It will be interesting to see what type of role he’s able to fill for them this year. Judging by this game he’s clearly playing with a SF skill set.
On offense he was knocking down his jumpers, finishing at the
basket, leading the break, and made great passes all night. All in
all, about the only negatives I could say about his game offensively is
that he seemed to struggle to get involved off the ball, and that he
looked pretty awkward in the post during the one post up attempt I saw.
Defensively, Johnson was a bit more suspect. He lost focus on
his man a few times even if his man didn’t necessarily make him pay for
it. He seemed to struggle with Joe Ingles size at times, though
again, Ingles didn’t necessarily make him pay. It wasn’t a terrible
performance, but it was enough to give you a little pause on how
Johnson will fit defending the four.
I was hoping the Bulls would switch Johnson onto Randolph who was absolutely torching Gibson for most of the game.
of Gibson he had an okay stat line offensively and on the glass, but he
was just destroyed by Randolph defensively. Gibson still looked okay
to me though. Several of the fouls he was called for were straight
BS, and much of Randolphs work was done in transition. Much of
Randolph’s success appeared to be great offense rather than poor
James Augustine had a great stat line shooting 10 of
11 from the field, however most of his attempts were of the garbage
type variety or attempts where another player created the shot for him
by drawing his man away. Still, even though his baskets weren’t
coming from set offense he was playing hard and effectively on the
I don’t think there’s a place for him on the Bulls
roster, but it wouldn’t be out of the question for the Bulls to pull
Gray’s QO and replace him with Augustine if he’s impressive enough.
However, Gray’s bulk probably fits what the team needs otu of a deep
reserve moreso than Augustine.
Anthony Roberson and DeMarcus
Nelson showed us why it’s a good thing the Bulls came to terms with
Jannero Pargo. The duo looked to be competing to see who could shoot
their way off the team first. Both guys were jacking shots, both guys
were missing shots, and both guys seemed to get frustrated and throw up
some crazy bad shots in isolation.
Linton Johnson also did
little to distinguish himself looking very poor handling the ball and
missing both of his attempts. On the plus side, at least he didn’t
jack up 12+ shots.
From a scheme perspective, the Bulls
seemed to really lack playmaking out of their guards. Roberson and
Nelson both played poorly. The offense came down to Johnson,
Augustine, and to a lesser extent, Gibson playing well while the rest
of the team combined for a 7/36 night from the floor.
end, the Bulls lost the game to a stacked (from a summer league
pespective) Golden State team, but wins and losses in Summer League
aren’t as important as the play of the players, and the most important
player had a very nice debut.