Expectations don’t always align with reality. There is an element of surprise involved in any decision one makes. That holds particularly true in the NBA.

Coby White is living proof. Three years into his NBA career, he hasn’t made the impact the Bulls hoped he would.

After all, they selected him with the 7th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. It’s fair to assume that they had higher hopes than what his career has amounted to thus far.

That’s not to say he hasn’t flashed potential: his career average of 13.7 points per game suggests otherwise.

Still, White has failed to take a major leap. That may be partly a product of the Bulls’ trajectory. They started making moves to get competitive shortly after drafting him. It’s possible that they haven’t provided him with the proper developmental situation.

Here are three teams that we think could.


Houston Rockets

Depending on who you speak to, the Houston Rockets either desperately need a point guard or would avoid adding one like the plague.

Current starter Kevin Porter Jr. is that divisive. Arguably, point guard is not his natural position. The Rockets have spent two years trying to convert him into one. The results have been mixed. The flashes have been there, but the consistency has not.

Perhaps he’s owed one more year. Acquiring Coby White still makes sense for this Rockets team. Adding him to the mix gives the Rockets flexibility at the position.