Since Feb. 1, White averaged 20.9 points, 4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.4 turnovers on 43.4 percent shooting and 37.4 percent from 3. He also had a streak of three straight 30-point games, becoming the first rookie in NBA history to do so off the bench and the first Bulls rookie since fellow Tar Heel Michael Jordan to have back-to-back 30-point games.
Still, there have been some issues as White figures out the balance between scoring and facilitating. His shot selection still needs improvement, and at times he's looked apprehensive taking contact at the rim, instead settling for mid-range shots.
It remains unseen how well White would do as a full-time starter, only starting what might be the last game of his rookie season. But despite his early season woes, White proved his blinding speed, step-back jumper and slick behind-the-back dribble will keep him in the league and keep him scoring buckets for a long time.
Rating: Wow, bro, that's crazy
The sweetest shooter at UNC since Reggie Bullock, Johnson is currently second in 3-point percentage among rookies with more than 50 attempts at 39.7 percent. It may have seemed like a reach by the Suns when he was drafted with the 11th pick, but his role was clear the minute he was picked: shoot when open.
The 6-foot-8 forward has done just that, taking a little under five 3-point attempts per game — shots from long distance account for over 70 percent of his shots taken this season. Johnson was out with mononucleosis for the last three games before the abrupt suspension of the NBA, but in his prior 11 games, Johnson was averaging 9.2 points and 2.3 made threes a game, shooting 41.5 percent from the floor and 39.7 percent from deep.
His career high came in what might be the last game of the season, scoring 21 points in a loss to Toronto on 7-16 shooting and 5-13 from 3.
Rating: Don't jump with dudes from North Carolina
Little has had a relatively uneventful first year as a professional, playing in just 48 games. Transitioning full time into a small-ball power forward, Little landed with the Blazers, who have opted to keep his minutes low, even on a team that lacked quality wings.
Little averages 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists on 43 percent shooting. He struggled even more from distance than he did in college, shooting just 23.7 percent from three.
Still, the explosive forward showed some promise with his offensive rebounding and physical defense. It's possible he comes back next year with a better looking shot and a little more court awareness and can earn a larger role.
Rating: To steal a line from the great Walt Frazier — Little cruising and bruising for the and-1.
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