The Chicago Bulls stood pat in the 2022 NBA Draft, taking Arizona’s Dalen Terry with the 18th overall pick. We will not truly know how well they did for some time. But Summer League does start on July 8 for the Bulls.
In the end, Terry is the pick and the Bulls got a very encouraging grade from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor who gave them an ‘A-’.
Bulls Grade Out Well
They were one of 16 teams to earn at least an “A” grade. Nine of those teams graded out better than the Bulls. But only two of those were after the Bulls in David Roddy to the Memphis Grizzlies at 23rd overall and Patrick Baldwin Jr. to the Golden State Warriors at 28th overall.
It is not necessarily the grade itself that is most encouraging. The way O’Connor describes Terry should have Bulls fans excited.
“I love Dalen Terry. I love him so much. Just like Arizona fans do. And I bet Bulls fans will love him, too, just as they love Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball. Because Terry is a hustler. That dude grinds on defense, and on offense, he’s so selfless. There isn’t a moment he’s on the court that you feel he’s doing anything but trying to win.”
His hustle and grinder mentality should play well at the next level. Terry certainly thinks so, citing both in his first media availability as a Bull.
“I believe my defense, my versatility is gonna come over immediately. Those are things I do every day. I think my leadership…my grit…all of the things that made me who I am are going to keep me in this position.”
What Dalen Terry Brings to the Table
The soon-to-be 20-year-old Terry did not put up gaudy numbers in his two seasons at Arizona. He averaged 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds as a sophomore and displayed his passing prowess with 3.9 assists per contest.
Those numbers were up from 4.6 points and 3.2 boards as a freshman.
As for why he did not shoot a lot in college (just 6.2 attempts per game), Terry cited his passing ability. His growth as a “glue guy” helped guide the Wildcats to the top seed in the NCAA Tournament, explains The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry.
Terry’s motor and nearly 7-foot-1 wingspan should help him get his hands on plenty of passes after he averaged 1.2 steals in his final collegiate season.
Bulls general manager, Marc Eversley, noted that Terry needs to work on his shooting, something Terry noted as well. But he did shoot over 36% from downtown this past season.
He was also very confident in his ability to mesh with this group during his presser.
“I feel like I fit in perfectly. I’m a lengthy guard who will do anything to win. I watched so much DeMar DeRozan this year, it’s crazy. Him just getting to his spots. Zach LaVine, smoothest player ever.”
Planning for Now and Later
Terry figures to offer immediate contributions with his skillset. But his age means he has a long time before he reaches his prime. That could allow the Bulls the ability to straddle timelines with several young players to help buoy the team as players age out.
Vucevic, however, is heading into the final season of his deal. He has expressed an interest in re-signing with the Bulls. But Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported that they were exploring their options with him.
He will need running mates as he takes full control of the team, particularly, ones with the defensive upside Terry offers.
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