Bulls rookie two-way player Justin Lewis injured his knee in practice, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. The exact extent of the injury is still unknown, but sources have informed Johnson that the team is concerned the 6’7″ forward from Marquette may have torn his ACL.
Johnson says Chicago is optimistic about Lewis’ ability to help the Bulls as a rookie despite not having a spot on the team’s standard 15-man roster. The athletic forward has the physical tools to be a solid defender at the NBA level and has also developed into a long-range shooter in his second season in college, making 34.9% of his 5.2 threes a night.
Lewis averaged 16.8 PPG on 44% shooting, 7.9 RPG and 1.7 APG while being named to the 2021-22 All-Big East First Team in his final season with Marquette. Lewis posted more modest numbers while playing for the Bulls’ Summer League team in Las Vegas this year, averaging 7.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 0.8 BPG in 22.5 MPG.
Although the 20-year-old was expected to have his name in the 2022 draft, he instead went undrafted, then quickly agreed to terms with the Bulls on a two-way contract. The team still has one open two-way roster spot.
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