OPINION: The Chicago Bulls Should Draft LaMelo Ball
The Chicago Bulls should draft LaMelo Ball, and here’s why.
I’ve been doing extensive prospect research during this quarantine and I have come to the determination that the Chicago Bulls should draft LaMelo Ball.
LaMelo is surely going to be a top-four selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, whenever that may be. The Bulls have a 7.5% chance of securing the first pick if the season were to end today, a 7.8% shot at the second pick, an 8.1% shot for the third pick, and an 8.5% shot for the fourth pick.
According to Tankathon.com, the Bulls are now slated for the seventh pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. That would be the fourth year in a row the Bulls have selected seventh. The Bulls need to do all they can do under the new leadership of VP of Basketball Operations Artūras Karnišovas and newly hired General Manager Mar Eversley to make a big draft splash.
The reason I chose LaMelo is pretty simple. The youngest Ball brother stands at 6-foot-8 and is a dynamic playmaker. He struggles on defense but has a knack for finding an open teammate and getting to the rim. In 12 starts this year for the Illawarra Hawks of the NBL in Australia, here are his numbers:
LaMelo averaged 17 PPG, 6.8 APG, and 7.6 RPG. Keep in mind this young man is only 18 years old. He has shown range to shoot the ball from deep even though he didn’t shoot it particularly well in his 12 games in the NBL. He also displayed the ability to be the main facilitator on the squad while not turn the ball over a ton. Ball can finish through contact, play fast while looking up the court, and get his teammates involved regularly.
The new Bulls’ front office has stated they want to play fast and shoot the rock. With the right guidance, LaMelo Ball can be the person that initiates the new-look Bulls. If the Bulls are not fortunate enough to land in the top three or four, they should look to trade up if possible.
There is young talent on the current roster that could be intriguing to other franchises, so the Bulls could package someone of interest with the seventh pick to make the deal a little sweeter. Depending on who the Bulls would look at trading, I would personally love to see a core of LaMelo, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, and a defensive-minded big like Daniel Gafford/Wendell Carter Jr. Add a veteran three-and-D wing and the Bulls may be on to something.
I would assume that Coby White and the seventh pick would have to be packaged together to move up. Personally, I would rather have LaVine than Coby on the squad to pair with LaMelo.
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