My Thoughts On The Bulls First Round Draft Picks
Giving my thoughts on Bulls draft picks is always a difficult situation. Because when Lauri Markkanen was drafted, for one, I had nothing but SHIT to say about that pick. Granted, I didn’t mean it toward him as a player; he was still a very good player coming out of college at the time. But I just kept talking trash about how it was a bad pick, and how the Bulls could have done better.
…….then he ends up being one of the best rookies in the league last year, and I ended up feeling like the BIGGEST of all jackasses.
It’s a hard thing to do people; it’s difficult to try and determine how a draft pick is going to do. One minute, a kid could be the top pick in the draft and end up being a bust for that team. Then the next, a kid could be the very last pick in the draft and end up being a superstar.
But having said that, I still do have some thoughts on this year’s selections.
To start, as you all know, I was ALL IN on Mo Bamba. I kid you not, I was on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE first eight picks of the draft, hoping that the Bulls would be able to snag the big-man from Texas with their pick. To be quite honest, I had never watched a draft so intently until tonight.
Then, when the Magic picked him up at the sixth spot, I was PISSED! I shouted multiple four letter words at the screen, annoyed that Chicago was SO CLOSE to getting him.
With the very next pick though, the Chicago Bulls selected Wendell Carter Jr. When they did, I’m not going to lie folks, the first thing I thought was that it was a safe pick. They needed a center to replace Robin Lopez, and they didn’t want to risk taking a wing like Michael Porter Jr. who had health problems throughout his one year at Missouri.
But after seeing that Carter Jr. compares rather nicely to Bamba size wise, I felt a little better about the pick.
In the end, I wasn’t mad. But I wasn’t happy either.
After that, the Bulls had another selection at #22 that they got in their trade with the Pelicans. With that pick, Chicago selected Chandler Hutchison out of Boise State; a wing that has the potential to fill a spot in the lineup that they so desperately need.
To be honest, I know little to nothing about this kid. He’s coming out of a school in the Mountain West Conference, which didn’t always receive the greatest amount of airtime around my area. But from what I’ve heard of him, he’s a fairly large and versatile player that the Bulls brass has had their eyes on for a while.
Once again, I wasn’t mad. But I wasn’t happy either. (Will need to learn more/see more of his game in order to better grasp how he will do.)
Overall, the Bulls draft didn’t really stand out to me that much. They did fill the positions that they needed. But in the end, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens this season. I think Carter Jr. will do big things in the Windy City, and will help take a bit of pressure off of Lauri in the paint. But I can’t say the same for Hutchison because I need to see him play more.
In the end though, I’m just a little glad they didn’t fall into the Michael Porter Jr. hype when he was available at #7. I honestly hope the best for the kid, and can’t wait to see what he brings to the court in Denver. But the Bulls are in NO POSITION to take a chance on a guy with health concerns like his.
What were your thoughts on this year’s draft? Let me know in the comments section below.