Valentine will come off the bench in Saturday's game against the Pistons, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Valentine ended up starting 31 games for the Bulls this season, and is coming scoring off a career-high 20 points in Wednesday's overtime win over the Knicks. However, with the return of Zach LaVine to the starting lineup Saturday, Valentine will head back to the bench. But, with LaVine on a 20-minute restriction in his return from a torn ACL, Valentine should still see plenty of minutes off the bench and could serve as the primary ball-handler at time with the second unit.
Valentine scored 20 points (8-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT) while adding nine rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 122-119 double-overtime win over the Knicks.
It was a career high in scoring for the second-year wing. Valentine's now scored in double digits in five of his last six games, averaging 13.0 points, 6.8 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.7 three-pointers and 1.2 steals over that stretch, and while he's been up and down this season as a starter his production is definitely trending up at the moment.
Valentine recorded 19 points (7-12 FG, 5-8 3Pt), eight rebounds, five assists and one steal across 36 minutes in Monday's 116-107 loss to the Rockets.
Valentine has his most all-around game of the season Monday night, contributing heavily from three-point range, hitting a season-high five three-pointers. The Bulls are looking for playmakers, and Kris Dunn along with Valentine have both stepped up recently. The former Michigan State star could continue to see a lot of usage on a weak roster and starting lineup.
Valentine finished with 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-7 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes during Thursday's 115-112 loss to Cleveland.
Valentine had himself another strong performance Thursday, chipping in across the board in 36 minutes of action. After a run of poor performances, he has bounced back over the last two games. His value is going to fluctuate from game to game, especially with Zach LaVine (knee) nearing a return. He is not a must-own player but is worth a look if you don't like the guy sitting on the end of your bench.
Valentine scored 15 points (5-13 FG, 4-7 3PT, 1-1 FT) to go with eight rebounds, three assists and one block over 33 minutes in Wednesday's 98-96 loss to Indiana.
On Wednesday, Valentine bounced back from a four game stretch of scoring in the single digits, tallying 15 points against Indiana. Since joining the starting lineup 11 games ago, the Chicago guard has scored in the double-digits in five games for an average of 9.8 points as a starter. However, Valentine has improved overall from his rookie season, averaging 10.0 points compared to 5.1 points. He is also shooting 41.3 percent from three-point range, which is an improvement of 6.2 percent from a year ago.
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