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Zach LaVine believes Coby White is ‘going to be special’

Zach LaVine, Coby White, Bulls

Chicago Bulls 2019 NBA Draft first-round pick Coby White, a point guard out of the University of North Carolina, has made a splash during his team’s five-game preseason schedule. Some have taken notice, including his Bulls teammate, Zach LaVine.

Per Darnell Mayberry in The Athletic:

“I know he puts in a lot of hard work. I know people who put in hard work expect themselves to do that. So I’m happy for him, and I want him to continue to do that.”

“He’s going to be special,” LaVine said. “He knows it. We know it.”

The 19-year-old White, selected by Chicago with the seventh overall pick in last June’s draft class, is fighting for the backup floor-general role in the Bulls’ lineup alongside former fifth overall pick Kris Dunn, who has struggled at times cementing his spot in the starting lineup. Earlier this week, Bulls head coach Jim Boylen named Tomas Satoransky the starting point guard. Both Dunn and LaVine, entering his sixth season in the NBA and third with Chicago, were acquired by the Bulls in the Jimmy Butler trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in June of 2017. Satoransky was signed and traded from the Wizards this offseason.

White is making his impact felt by teammates and outside observers, averaging 19.2 points and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from the 3-point line. While the lead guard has failed to wholly involve his teammates yet—he has tallied five assists as he works to integrate himself with new teammates—a 6-of-8 perimeter shooting performance in Thursday’s win over Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks is sure to be noticed.