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Dalen Terry #25 of the Chicago Bulls poses

We keep getting more and more signs that energetic Chicago Bulls rookie Dalen Terry “just gets it.” First, the 18th overall pick explained how personal his arrival in Chicago was for him. Then he showed it by selecting number 25 as his jersey number in honor of Chicago hoop legend Benji Wilson.

Terry’s enthusiasm also took the form of wearing a Dennis Rodman shirt for his pre-game outfit, another tenacious figure in Bulls history.

But the tower isn’t just limited to former Chicago or Bulls legends.

It also honors current ones while showing love to another fallen basketball hero. All of these are signs of Terry’s energy and enthusiasm as the Bulls have made it their business to target this type of player.


I must be the shoes

Terry took part in an official rookie photo shoot ahead of the Bulls’ Summer League Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers on July 16. He donned the Bulls’ “icon” red jerseys for the shoot. But it was her shoes that caught the most attention.

The rookie wore matching red Nike Kobe 1 Protro TV PE, also known as “DeMar DeRozan’s”.

DeRozan made his debut with the shoe on April 4, 2018 while with the Toronto Raptors against the Boston Celtics. He finished that game with 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal as the Raptors won 96-78.

He wore the all-white or “Noise Canceling” versions the night he dropped a season-high 50 points – including 10 points in the fourth quarter – and lifted the Bulls past the Los Angeles Clippers 135-130 in overtime in March . 31.

The three-time All-NBA selection spoke about the impact the late Bryant had on his career.

Terry said at his introductory press conference that he watched DeRozan “so much” last season.

He averaged 14.0 points in four games with 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 56.3% from the field and 42.9% on three-pointers. The twist is that Terry also averages 4.5 turnovers. But his steady progress through the summer has been a good sign for a Bulls team still trying to manage some health issues.


A theme for Terry

The positive reviews for Terry have been as consistent as his ability to rise to the occasion. Bulls general manager Marc Eversley cited Terry’s energy on draft night while team vice president Arturas Karnisovas and head coach Billy Donovan said similar things.

Donovan went so far as to challenge the 20-year-old to keep his energy up through the ups and downs of an 82-game NBA season.

Terry delivered his best effort of the summer in an 89-73 Bulls win over the Charlotte Hornets.

He wasted 20 points, five rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist while shooting 66.7 percent overall and saving his two triples.


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As Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago wrote, Terry “was an agent of defensive chaos throughout the game, harassing running backs, deflecting countless passes and even flying from behind to interrupt an alley attempt- oop”.

While discussing signing his max contract, teammate Zach LaVine said he was lucky enough to meet Terry in Vegas.

“A very exciting and very competitive kid.”


See red

We saw that competitiveness on display when he committed a technical foul in the Bulls’ 101-69 loss to the New York Knicks. Terry had a curt answer for Sam Smith of Bulls.com who asked why he had committed the offence.

The Bulls could probably get away with the blame. But the mindset of never letting anything come easy for your opponent when on defense is the one they need to permeate the entire roster.