It’s no secret the Chicago Bulls need help in the paint. Recent rumors indicate the team may look to acquire a post player via trade, but they also have a first-round draft pick at their disposal. If Arturas Karnisovas and co. decide to keep the 18th overall selection in the 2022 NBA Draft, Duke center Mark Williams could be an intriguing prospect.
Currently projected as a mid-first-round draft pick, Williams is a 7-foot-2, 242-pound big man with a 7-foot-6 1/2 wingspan (longest measured at the combine).
The 20-year-old is a terrific rebounder and defender who can alter opponents’ shots regularly and lock down the rim. Williams is a player that knows his role and executes it well.
The Norfolk, VA native posted 11.2 PPG while shooting 72.1 percent from the floor during the 2021-22 season. He also averaged 7.4 RPG and 2.8 BPG as a sophomore for the Blue Devils.
Much of Williams’ scoring came from put-backs and dump-offs around the rim. His paint presence would make him a premier inside and lob threat for the Bulls to utilize on the offensive end.
Mark Williams is everything the Chicago Bulls want and need. He is an enforcer in the middle with tremendous size and length accompanied by defensive instincts.
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