Who the Bulls will select Thursday with their No. 7 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is up in the air.
Zion Williamson seems to be the consensus top pick. Ja Morant and RJ Barrett will likely be taken with the second and third picks. After that, it’s a crapshoot for the Bulls largely depending on what the teams in front of them in the draft do.
The Bulls have made it clear they’re looking to make an upgrade at point guard. But our own Joe Cowley reported the front office is zeroing in on wings De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Sekou Doumbouya as higher priorities. Like I said, it’s a crapshoot.
Here are seven players the Bulls could select with their No. 7 pick in Thursday’s draft.
Darius Garland, Vanderbilt guard
Garland has climbed NBA Draft big boards despite only playing five games for Vanderbilt last season. Even with limited playing time, he showcased his ability to knock down a variety of perimeter jump shots at a high level and to stretch defenses out. He went 11-for-23 from the three-point line in college.
Garland is a creative ball handler who can make plays for himself and his teammates. But there is some risk in taking Garland. He was turnover prone in high school and his assist-to-turnover ratio was second rate. Garland had 13 assists to 15 turnovers in five games at Vanderbilt. He also has to make significant improvements to become a positive contributor on defense at the NBA level.
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech forward
Culver seems like the obvious choice for the Bulls. That is if he drops to No. 7.
Culver is the best all-around player in the Bulls’ range. He’s a versatile, unselfish two-way wing who can make plays on both sides of the floor.
Culver has a multi-dimensional offensive game that will allow him to be a secondary ball handler. He is also an above average shot creator, passer and finisher.
He doesn’t have the tightest handle, and he isn’t an explosive athlete. His three-point shot could also use some work. He shot 34.1% on 4.1 attempts average with Texas Tech over the last two seasons. But Culver is one of the safest bets to have a productive career in the NBA.
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia forward
Hunter’s game isn’t flashy, but he’s a fundamentally sound 3-and-D prospect who will make positive contributions immediately.
He made 41.9% of his 160 three-point attempts during his two seasons at Virginia. Standing at 6-7 and weighing 220 pounds, Hunter has the height, size and length to defend both forward positions. This ability gives the Bulls another option in the frontcourt for when they put Lauri Markkanen at the center position in doses.
Hunter isn’t the best creator for himself or others, and he doesn’t excel at many skills. But similar to Culver, Hunter is one of the safest options for the Bulls.
Coby White, UNC guard
White is the prototypical speedy lead guard. He’s lighting quick in transition and can blow by defenders in the halfcourt.
White excels as a spot up three-point shooter, so he can play off the ball offensively in the halfcourt next to Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.
White, who is 6-5, will need to improve his decision making and playmaking. Though he has the quickness and size to be a solid defender at his position, he will need to get stronger and improve his technique on defense to maximize his efforts.
Cam Reddish, Duke forward
Reddish is one of the most polarizing players in the draft. On one hand, his scoring upside is tremendous. Reddish is a good passer for his position, a threat to knock down perimeter shots and should be a reliable multi-position defender.
But on the other hand, Reddish struggled in his lone season at Duke and didn’t fully display his skillset. Reddish showed a tendency to settle when creating his own shot and could’ve been more aggressive attacking the basket.
His production at Duke wasn’t stellar, but he has the potential to be a high-level scorer in the NBA.
Jaxson Hayes, Texas center
Would the Bulls select a big man with their top pick for the third year in a row? If they do, Hayes would be the only player deserving of that choice.
He’s an athletic, rim-running center who finishes plays above the rim and will be a respectable shot blocker. His solid free-throw shooting numbers and soft touch on the interior suggests he could be a threat to develop an outside shot.
Hayes doesn’t display the best instincts and needs to become a better rebounder. He has a high upside, but will need to develop significantly on both ends of the floor to make a positive impact in the NBA.
Sekou Doumbouya, Limoges (France) forward
Doumbouya is probably the rawest prospect the Bulls are considering. The 6-9, 231-pound forward has the combination of size, length and mobility to be a high-level defender. Though his skills aren’t yet polished, he can finish plays above the rim.
Doumbouya will need to improve his ball security, decision making and fundamentals. He’ll also need time to develop, but he has the outlines of valuable defender who will make positive contributions on offense.