With the NBA draft just three weeks away, teams are busy putting prospects through workouts and interviews at their training headquarters, hoping to get a little better insight on which players will fit best in their system and also some intel that could come in handy down the road in trades and free agent signings.
Bulls fans have their typically strong opinions on which players they’d like to see end up in Chicago this summer. Here’s a look at some of the questions sent via Twitter.
Anthony Segarra @Asegarraventure Thoughts on Romeo Langford? You think he’ll move up in the draft?
Actually, it looks like Langford might be sliding out of the lottery after an underwhelming freshman season at Indiana. The 6’6″ shooting guard was projected as a top 10 pick back in November, but he struggled to make shots from the college 3-point line, hitting only 27% from beyond the arc. Langford has the size scouts are looking for on the wing, but he was inconsistent in being able to drive by an initial defender and get to the rim at Indiana. He’ll need to play well during individual team workouts to rehabilitate his draft stock and maybe go late in the lottery.
That’s a great comp for Coby White, who really impressed scouts with his speed and ability to score in transition. Fox is another speedy 6’5″ point guard who showed tremendous improvement in his 2nd NBA season with Sacramento. The Bulls would love to see White on the board at No. 7, but speculation at the combine had White receiving a promise to be drafted by a team that picks ahead of them. Reddish could be a factor in how this all plays out, since a number of teams believe he has more “star” potential than any player outside the top 3. If the Lakers decide to take Reddish at No. 4 or the Cavs draft him at No. 5, another quality player will drop to the Bulls, potentially giving them a choice of either White or Darius Garland. Individual workouts and trades over the next 3 weeks could shift the order of the top 7 picks dramatically.
Brandon Moss @brandonmoss587 What do you think of Jarrett Culver? Could he be the pick? Or what do you think of Cam Reddish as our pick?
Culver looks like an ideal fit for the Lakers at No. 4, given their need for an upgrade at the shooting guard spot, but it appears they’re more intrigued by the idea of going with a two point guard look with Lonzo Ball and Darius Garland, or taking a gamble on Reddish’s upside. Culver reminds some scouts of DeMar DeRozan with his 6’7″ frame and ability to score in the mid-range. Others compare him to Jimmy Butler as a strong perimeter defender with yet to be untapped offensive potential. I think he would be a really good value pick for the Bulls at No. 7, and might be able to eventually take over as the starting small forward when Otto Porter Jr.’s contract expires. Reddish could potentially play the 2,3 and 4 positions at the NBA level, and would add some much-needed scoring to the Bulls’ bench. If both are on the board, I would take Culver.
Ko Kong @365jerry How likely is it that Robin Lopez will be back? If not, how about Taj Gibson as a solid bench piece? I think Pat Beverley as your starting vet PG is okay for 2 years.
I can tell you Taj loved his time in Chicago, and he represents exactly the type of quality veteran player the Bulls are hoping to add this summer. But if the front office pursues Gibson, that probably means Lopez won’t be back. Ideally, the Bulls would like to add a player who can provide backup minutes at the center and power forward spot, which is something Gibson can definitely do in today’s small-ball era. As for Beverley, he’s not your prototypical point guard, but he would provide some of the toughness and physicality the Bulls want to add. The Chicago native has already been having some fun with Bulls’ fans on social media who have offered their support to bringing Beverley home next season. But the draft comes first, and we’ll have to see if the Bulls get a point guard there before speculating which free agents they might be interested in to compete with Kris Dunn.