The basketball gods failed to answer the prayers of Bulls fan yet again, sending Chicago in disarray by granting the Bulls the seventh pick for the third straight year.
Normally I’d feel confident in their decision and have faith that they’ll select a future star in the 2019 NBA Draft. The difference is that this year’s draft class is significantly weaker than the previous two; so the front office must dig deep and find a player that can contribute for years.
Bulls VP John Paxson spoke to the media following the results of the Draft Lottery.
“We feel that at the 2,3,4,5 spot we are really good.”
Which leaves one spot for the organization wanting to upgrade at. They’ve made it clear that dropping to the seventh pick will incline them to select a positional need as opposed to best available.
While obviously not guaranteeing anything, Bulls VP John Paxson conceded that dropping to 7 could bring positional need more into play than best player available.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 15, 2019
So who should they draft?
How about 6’5″ guard Coby White out of UNC?
Coby White should be the Bulls number one option, assuming no trades are made and that Darius Garland is off the board. Meaning White would be the third point guard taken off the board.
Don’t get discouraged.
Averaging 16.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Shooting 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from three. This 19-year-old has a tremendous amount of talent and upside. Being one of the best shot creators coming out of the draft, he can get to any spot on the floor with his crafty dribbling and first step quickness.
The Bulls won’t have to worry about this kid getting buckets. He’ll make opposing defenses have to game plan for his offensive ability. Something that teams didn’t have to worry about last year with Kris Dunn at the helm.
He’s a genius in the open floor and pushes the pace as soon as the defensive rebound is gathered. That is something that bodes well for Jim Boylen and the Bulls, a team that ranked 27th in offensive pace this past season. The addition of White can possibly get this young, fast, athletic team playing with the pace that they should be playing at.
He’s a shifty guard with a quick first step that makes it nearly impossible for defenders to guard him one on one. Also, an elite finisher at the rim. He has the ability to contort his body and the strength to finish through contact.
A flashy playmaker with passing ability that resembles Trae Young in my opinion.
His quickness allows him to defend well laterally and get around screens in a quick motion. Giving Chicago a guard that can still defend at the point guard position with an added inch on his height; allowing White and LaVine to switch players if necessary.
With all these great things about White, why is he outside of the top 5?
He has some weaknesses that place him in this draft range. Due to his incredible ability to score, he often forces unnecessary shots and takes them at inopportune times. The quality of his shots are questionable at times which has cost his team in crucial situations.
Sometimes White will force the unnecessary pass over the simple play. And will be too focused on scoring the ball that he misses the open man.
He has great athleticism– not vertically. He won’t leap into the sky and poster a player like Ja Morant or Zion Williamson. His athletic ability consists of speed and strength to finish around the rim.
Overall, Chicago can get a great player in Coby White, a combo guard that can defer guard duties to Zach LaVine at times as the perfect compliment. The point guard position is a glaring need and selecting Coby would fill that spot nicely.
If all goes well the North Carolina product will be wearing a Bulls Jersey this upcoming season.
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