The Bulls added necessary frontcourt depth with their second-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
With the No. 38 pick, the Bulls selected Daniel Gafford out of Arkansas. Gafford averaged 16.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and two blocks during his sophomore season. He shot 63.5% from the field during his career with the Razorbacks.
Gafford projects to be a rim-running, shot-blocking big man.
At 6-11, 233 pounds with a 32.5 inch standing vertical leap, he’s an explosive athlete who finishes strong above the rim.
His wingspan — 7-feet-2.5-inches — was the 12th longest from the draft combine and should help him continue to alter shots in the NBA.
Gafford should be a reliable threat as a roll man out of the pick-and-roll. He made over 70% of his shots at the rim during his sophomore season. Gafford has a knack for drawing fouls — averaging six free-throws during the 2018-19 season.
He’s raw offensively. Gafford won’t be a threat to score outside of the paint. He didn’t attempt a single three-pointer during his two seasons at Arkansas and was a poor free-throw shooter at 56.2% during his collegiate career.
In order to stay on the floor, Gafford will need to show more discipline on defense and stop carelessly committing fouls. He averaged 4.7 fouls during his two seasons at Arkansas.