In the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Marko Simonovic, a center from Montenegro. At 19 years old, Simonovic was a draft-and-stash player. The problem was Bulls fans didn’t know when to expect him to make his NBA debut. The sitution may have some more clarity now, however.
Simonivic has the option to join the team whenever, and it sounds like he is leaning in the Bulls direction. European players will typically wait a year to two years after being drafted before moving over to the NBA. With Lauri Markkanen most likely out the door, it would be beneficial for the Bulls to have another big man with promise to potentially fill the void.
Last year in the Adriatic league, Simonovic posted 15.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Simonovic comes from the same team as NBA 2021 MVP Nikola Jokic. Bulls President Arturas Karnisovas was the one who drafted Jokic in the second round during his time in Denver. Bulls fans hope Simonovic can become a second-round steal of a pick, just as Jokic was for the Nuggets. While they have had comparable seasons in the Adriatic League, only time will tell if Simonivic can excel in a similar manner at the NBA level.