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Bulls: Is Drafting Cam Reddish Worth the Risk?

Should the Bulls take a risk by drafting Cam Reddish? Nikhil answers that question here.

Much talk has been made of the fact that the Bulls have a glaring hole at the point guard position. Many people have proposed the idea that they should look at drafting prospects in Ja Morant, Darius Garland, or Coby White to fill that hole. This is a great option and one that should be taken into consideration. However, the Bulls should do their best to not ignore Duke Forward Cameron Reddish in their evaluations.

Let’s first take it back to August 2017. At this time, there were three top prospects that many colleges were hoping to attract to their programs. These were Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cameron Reddish. We all know what eventually happened. All three came together at Duke University with the hope of forming one of the greatest college teams of all time. In reality, Zion and R.J. took the college landscape by storm and we were left wondering what happened to Reddish in the process.

Despite the constant attention and pressure, Reddish had himself a solid season with the Blue Devils. He averaged 13.5 points per game while shooting 35.6% from the field. He also collected 3.7 rebounds and had 1.9 assists. Despite having a 5-Star rating coming out of high school, many draft analysts have his stock falling. This can be attributed to Williamson and Barrett requiring the ball to make plays and run the offense. Due to this, Reddish wasn’t able to make as many plays and showcase his talents. One would think that he will be able to do more if given the opportunity.

The Bulls currently hold the 7th overall pick. Cameron Reddish would be an ideal pick at this slot. Reddish is a fantastic 3 and D player. In this NBA, you can’t have enough shooters. The Bulls have struggled to have good three point shooting. This past season, they ranked 16th in the NBA shooting 35.1% from the field. Part of this is due to injuries as Denzel Valentine and Lauri Markkanen missed many games during the season.

Reddish possesses good footwork and creative shot making ability. Especially with young teams, it is very important to have strong depth and competition in order to ensure that everyone is improving their skills in the hopes of helping the team improve overall. These types of players are integral to building a championship caliber team.

With a draft filled with only three certain prospects, it may not be a bad idea for the Bulls to roll the dice a bit with Cameron Reddish and draft for pure talent rather than for need. And who knows, the number 7 seems to be a hit for these Bulls. First Lauri Markkanen. Then Wendell Carter. Now maybe Cameron Reddish? I don’t know about you, but this sounds very good to me.

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