After losing big in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, the Chicago Bulls own the seventh pick in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft. Surely, the biggest names such as Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Ja Morant will be off the board by the time they’re on the clock.
Chicago may have missed out on some potential superstars, but there are still plenty of options that could be available outside of the top-five. It’s a blessing in disguise that the Bulls have so many holes to fill; this means they will likely go after the best player available when their time comes, but who will that be?
Here’s three names to keep in mind when it’s their turn to be on the clock.
De’Andre Hunter – Virginia
2018-19 stats: 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 52% FG (10.4 attempts), 43.8% 3PT (2.8 attempts)
This may be wishful thinking, as many mock drafts have De’Andre Hunter as a top-five selection. However, should he drop a couple of spots, Chicago should be all over him. The 21-year-old is coming off an incredible sophomore campaign. leading his Virginia Cavaliers to their first NCAA Championship.
Hunter is an athletic 6-foot-7 wing player that could probably be effective playing anywhere from shooting guard to a stretch-four in the NBA. He’s displayed the ability to drive the ball well and knows how to take advantage of smaller defenders with his 7-foot wingspan. Combine that with his wonderful jump shot and efficient scoring and Hunter has the potential to be a legitimate offensive threat at the NBA level.
This would huge for Chicago. The 22-win Bulls had one of the worst offenses in the league, both in total scoring and with three-point shooting. Hunter would also be a strong complement to the team’s young front court of Lauri Markannen and Wendell Carter.
Jarrett Culver – Texas Tech
2018-19 stats: 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 46.1% FG (14.5 attempts) 30.4% 3PT (4.2 attempts)
The Bulls have focused on the frontcourt in recent drafts, so it’s possible that the team will look for some guard help at #7 this year. Going that route, Jarrett Culver would be a very strong choice. The 6-foot-5 sophomore is a dynamic scorer that plays effectively both on and off the ball.
One main concern is his inconsistency. Culver shot just 35.8 percent (22.6 percent on threes) during Texas Tech’s deep NCAA Tournament run. Including the team’s lone Big 12 Conference Tournament game last season, the 20-year-old shot just 7-of-37 from beyond the arc, including going 0-for-5 or worse three times.
During his freshman campaign, he shot over 38 percent on three-point attempts, so the shooting ability is there. Still, he was one of just three NCAA guards to average at least 18 points, six rebounds, and 1.5 steals this season. He knows how to use his size to his advantage, especially when attacking smaller defenders.
Cam Reddish – Duke
2018-19 stats: 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals 35.6% FG (12 attempts), 33.3% 3PT (7.4 attempts)
Cam Reddish was the third-leg of Duke’s big-three behind projected top-three picks Williamson and Barrett. He was often overlooked due to his inconsistent shooting and overall play. However, he’s a pure shooter that possesses great size and athleticism that should translate to the NBA level.
Reddish took 12.8 shots per game during the regular season. However, in the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament, he averaged just 7.8 attempts, scoring just 9.5 points per game. He was nonexistent in Duke’s Sweet Sixteen loss to Michigan State, scoring eight points on 2-of-8 shooting.
Still, as mentioned, Reddish has the makeup of an NBA star. His 7-foot-1 wingspan gives him defensive upside and he can still create his own shots off the dribble. Should the Bulls target him in the draft, they’ll have to understand that he’s more of a project than the two aforementioned prospects.
If Reddish can grow into his own game and size, he might be the best of this bunch though.