September 30, 2017, 7:36 am
Fully healed after an arthroscopic surgery in May due to a severe left ankle sprain, Denzel Valentine is ready for the opportunity this season presents and wants to make the most of it.
Valentine was not required to do much last year other than spot-up shooting with Chicago’s Big-3 of Butler-Wade-Rondo doing most of the play-making. “This year, my role is going to increase. I’m going to be able to make more plays and do things I’m comfortable doing.” Valentine knows what it will take to stay on the court and said he wants to prove himself defensively as well, to show that he can guard anyone from point guards to power forwards. Valentine only averaged 1.3 triples in 17.1 minutes last year but the guy can shoot, as he averaged 3.4 triples at Michigan State his senior season. He is no stranger to play-making either with 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists that year as well. With Zach LaVine currently injured, the Bulls starting shooting guard job is open so Valentine might be a decent dart throw in the final rounds.