Bulls rookie makes NBA history…again.


Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

Bulls’ guard Coby White etched his name in the record books by becoming the first rookie in NBA history to score 30 or more points in three consecutive games while coming off the bench. White also became the first Bulls rookie to reach the 30-point mark in two straight games since Michael Jordan accomplished the feat in 1984-85.

White scored 33 points in both the Bulls’ Friday night loss against the Phoenix Suns and Saturday night’s victory over the Wizards, shooting 55% between those two contests. White erupted for a career-high 35 points–his third consecutive career-high effort–on 62% shooting in Tuesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Between Saturday and Tuesday, White converted 19 of 30 three-point attempts.

“You can see how explosive he is,” said Bulls’ guard Zach LaVine. “Trying to figure out some nicknames for him. Either like propane or gasoline or something like that. His scoring is special. He can do it in a variety of ways. He’s finding his rhythm. Kid’s good. He’s real good.”

The seventh pick in the 2019 draft, White’s previous high scoring mark was 28 points in a Nov. 23 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. For the season, White has scored 20 or more point eight times.

Should White continue to light up box scores, he will eventually force head coach Jim Boylen to consider starting him. In just over 24 minutes per game, White is averaging 11.9 points per game, 2.4 assists per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. White is also converting 34% of his three-point attempts, though he’s only shooting 37.3% from the field.