By Kristen Fazio @Kristen_Fazio on July 9, 2014
The Chicago Bulls announced their Las Vegas Summer League roster on Tuesday. Tony Snell was left off the list because he has a year in the NBA under his belt, but it will be interesting to see how he has improved. Here are five players to keep an eye on during the summer.
Gardner enjoyed some success at Marquette, reaching the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons. At 290 pounds, he struggled to stay on the floor for long periods of time but did show he can score around the basket, averaging 14.9 points per game. In summer league, he will need to show his rebounding and conditioning have improved.
Baron filled it up at Canisius, a DIV-1 school in the MAAC, averaging 24.4 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field and 42 percent from three. Baron also played for Virginia and Rhode Island. In Summer League, he will need to show he can compete against NBA-caliber players.
Fans in Chicago and Illini fans are very familiar with Paul. He showed explosiveness and play-making ability but was very inconsistent. He can score in bunches and create his own shot, but he will need to prove his three-point shooting has improved. He averaged 16.6 points while shooting 40 percent from the field and 32 percent from three during his senior season at Illinois.
Bairstow flourished in his senior season at New Mexico, averaging 20.4 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 56 percent form the field. A second-round pick of the Bulls, Bairstow can hit the mid-range jumper and can be utilized in the pick-and-pop and pick-and-roll.
The first-round pick of the Bulls via trade, all eyes will be on McDermott when he takes the floor in Vegas. McDermott averaged 26.7 points and 7.0 rebounds on 53 percent shooting and 45 percent from behind the arc in his senior year at Creighton. He can score from all over the floor in a variety of ways and is without a doubt the top player to watch on the Bulls' Summer League roster.
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