by Colin Mieczkowski
The Windy City Bulls season is almost under way, and it’ll be a fresh, new experience for fans of the six-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls. Having a D-League team gives plenty of opportunity to build their fan base, as now, fans can enjoy a professional basketball experience right in the suburbs.
The team is full of young talent, including a couple of players with NBA experience in Spencer Dinwiddie and R.J. Hunter. Hunter had just signed with the Chicago Bulls after the Boston Celtics let him go.
Now, the former Georgia State star has a chance to make an early impression with the upstart Windy City Bulls. Dinwiddie, who played very well for Chicago during preseason games, will join Hunter, as they look to build a dangerous dynamic duo on the hardwood this season.
When playing for the University of Colorado, Dinwiddie averaged 14 points a game. In the NBA, he averaged almost five points per game with Detroit and Chicago.
During his D-League career, he’s averaged a little over 14 points a game. With all the experience Dinwiddie has already in his young basketball career, there is no doubt that he will be a key asset to any success the Windy City Bulls have this year.
Hunter averaged an impressive 18.4 points per game during his three-year career at Georgia State. This includes playing stellar defense, averaging almost two steals a game and what’s somewhat ironic is that former Chicago Bull, Ron Harper is his godfather who was also a terrific defender in his day.
After a slow start to his NBA season, Hunter came out and got buckets, going 5 for 6 and scoring 12 points in a game against the Atlanta Hawks. With his solid defense and the ability to heat up on the offensive end, it should be a treat for fans to watch Hunter this season.
The teams also has some stretch bigs as well, which could prove to be a dangerous weapon for the Windy City Bulls, as basketball has become a three-point shooting game. One man stands out, and that is the 6’10” Coreonte DeBerry who, during the first practice of the week, was drilling long mid-range shots and three-point bombs and had a small streak going, hitting at least five in a row.
Over the years, the sport has seen more stretch bigs come out of college and play professionally. Some of the current centers and power forwards in the NBA developed three-point shots such as Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
Basketball is already mostly a big man’s game anyway, and the fact that some of these guys can drill three pointers just makes the four and five positions that much more vital to team success. This is why the Windy City Bulls could open some eyes during their very first season as, with a well balanced offensive and defensive squad, there’s a little bit of everything that the team has to offer.
It should be an exciting season of Windy City Bulls basketball and the Sears Centre will no doubt be rocking with pumped up fans. First game is Nov. 11th vs the Long Island Nets.