2nd year players
Who have improved(Based off Summer League):
I know there are others, put down anybody you've seen improved
John Henson has looked improved.
Thomas Robinson is looking pretty good in this Bulls vs Trailblazers game.
Also, although not a 2nd year player, Andrew Goudelock has looked more like the scorer he was in college (though struggled today).
Henson has played pretty well in the summer league but he had 8 TO's in the last game which is horrendous for any player....especially a forward.
Goudelock has always seemed to be a capable scorer to me when given minutes. He averaged 17 a game the last two playoff games against the Spurs when he was forced into the lineup.
I have been impressed with Teague. He's able to play with a little better pace now than he had coming out. Outside shot and decision making look a tad better as well.
looks to be much improved for my Bulls. He seems to but much more composed and under control with the ball this year. With a summer league team basically comprised of just shooters, he has done a great job of getting penetration and looking for the open man rather than contesting the help side big.
Hinrich is still the back up PG in Chicago, but he is often injured, so Teague has a chance to log some minutes this year.
(Side Note: I hope we sign Goudelock)
Teague is super quick and very strong with a nasty handle, if he gets a consistent jumpshot its over.
I havent seen Henson yet, but alot of people are saying he looks good and he's put on some size as well.
I was going to put Drummond but him dominating didn't suprise me, he averaged 8 and 8 in 20 mpg last year, I knew SL wouldn't be a challenge...but yes he deserves to be on the list for sure.
Austin Rivers dude was so bad last year and it looks like he's solved some of those problems he's finishing at the basket, not dribbling too much and playing good defense.
Don't know how much time he's going to get but Kendall Marshall looks much more comfortable running the team and his shot seems to be improved.
Oh and jonas valanciunas for sure!
Marshall's on the trading block
2nd Year Guys:
C- Andre Drummond- Physically dominating SL, ready for 30+ rotation minutes this year
C- Jonas Valanciunas- Really built up strength and has slowed down decision making process, fewer turnovers, fouling less.
PF- John Henson- Still rail thin but less so.....more confidence close to the basket....I've been surprised by him for a long time now.....good rookie season. More potential than I thought.
PF- Malcolm Thomas- Impressive SL again this year....needs to translate to a guaranteed contract.....I thought he waited to sign way too late last year and ended up bouncing around.
SF- Jeffery Taylor- Doing a good job being go-to outside scorer.....has actually driven the lane some....being older than most 2nd year guys helps.
SG/PG- Andrew Goudelock- Reminds me some of Josh Selby last year.....shooting lights out and his confidence is sky-high. Needs to make sure to keep playing hard when shot isn't falling though.
SG- Austin Rivers- It's easy for him to improve this SL because last year I don't think he did a SINGLE thing right......looks more like a man and less like a boy this year.
PG- Marquis Teague- Seems to have made a big jump.....looks comfortable being the leader out on the floor and telling other pros where to be. Turnovers down, shooting percentages up.
Also, there are two 3rd year guys who deserve mentioning:
SF/PF Jan Vesely- This guy has endured brutal reviews and calls of 'bust' for 2 years. While those calls have been warranted and correct.....it also seemed to have seriously effected his confidence. He's put up good numbers in pts, FG% and rebounds and its a welcome change from a guy who has only ever filled up the 'fouls' category when he has seen garbage PT in the regular season.
PG- Cory Joesph- His stent in the finals seems to have given him a big boost in confidence. Like Teague, he looks more comfortable running a team. I really thought he was going to wash out after his rookie contract but he looks revitalized. Also very young for a 3rd year player.