The Chicago Bulls tipped off their 2021 Summer League slate Monday afternoon with a matchup against the Pelicans.T

After trailing for the majority of the first half, New Orleans came alive late to win by a score of 94-77, underscoring an underwhelming defensive effort from the Summer League Bulls.

Here are four observations from the exhibition:

Patrick Williams’ Summer League debut a tale of two halves

In sum, Patrick Williams’ Summer League debut was a productive one.

Early on, he was persistent in placing his fingerprints on the game offensively. Williams took seven shots in the first quarter, 13 in the first half and 20 by game’s end to lead all players and easily surpass his NBA career-high of 14, which he’s done twice. 

He scored his 15 points by way of pull-up jumpers from floater, mid and 3-point range (even canning a deep long-ball off-the-dribble), and putback and transition finishes. He flashed ability as a pick-and-roll ball-handler, drive-and-kick distributor (handing out 3 assists) and fastbreak front-man after pulling down one of his 12 rebounds.