UNC Basketball in the NBA: Coby White shows improvement as season winds down

The 2020-21 NBA season is coming to a close in the next few weeks and for a former UNC Basketball standout, his team is in the middle of a playoff push.

The Chicago Bulls sit just a few games out of the playin tournament spot but have had their fair share of struggles recently. Without Zach LaVine, the Bulls haven’t been able to find any consistency and have dropped several close games. But while LaVine has been out, another Bull has taken advantage of a return to the starting lineup.

Last month, head coach Billy Donovan made the call to replace Coby White in the starting lineup with Tomas Satoransky. White really struggled as a true point guard and did not really fit well with a ball-dominant player like LaVine. Just recently, Donovan made the switch back as White re-entered the starting lineup with the hope that a message was sent.

And it appears as if it was received loud and clear. Over a seven-game stretch, White averaged 19.1 points, 6.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Bulls while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point line, all improvements from earlier in the season:

White’s future right now in Chicago is unknown as they move into a critical offseason. The team acquired Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline, hoping to pair him and LaVine together for the long run. White is still a very young player that has a lot of developing to do at the NBA level and it’s hard seeing Chicago say goodbye this early in his career.

However, if a deal comes along this offseason that’s too good to pass up, it might be better for both sides.

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