Bulls’ Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history with impressive 3-point feat
Coby White of the Chicago Bulls set a rookie record on Tuesday night by becoming the only first-year player in NBA history to notch at least five three-pointers in three consecutive games. Justin Kubatko of StatMuse had the statistic:
The @chicagobulls Coby White is the first rookie in NBA history to make 5 or more 3-pointers in three consecutive games.
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) February 26, 2020
White was selected out of the University of North Carolina with the 7th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which marked the third consecutive No. 7 pick that the Bulls took (following Lauri Markkanen in 2017 and Wendell Carter Jr. in 2018).
One of the best freshman in the country in his sole collegiate season, White was widely believed to be one of the best point guard prospects available in his draft class, and he impressed in the NBA’s Summer League – though that is rarely an indicator of regular-season success.
Such has been the case with White, who has had a rather tough go of it to start his NBA career, even though the 20-year-old (who just turned 20 this month) has shown plenty of flashes.
After scoring above 25 points four times in his first 20 games, White had not scored 20 or more since late November until he began a streak of scoring at least 33 in three consecutive games, including tonight’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Prior to these three consecutive games, White had only notched five or more three-pointers in four games – including a career-high seven triples in a November win against the lowly New York Knicks.
Though White is only shooting 34.7 percent from deep with an ugly 49.2 percent true shooting percentage, the 20-year-old still has plenty of growth in his game, which the Bulls will be happy to let him develop to start his career.