Those of you aboard the Coby White train might just be heading for Chicago Union Station.
Without question, White is the fan favorite for the Bulls to take in this year’s draft (among the more likely to be available options, of course). In fact, once the Bulls landed the No. 7 pick, selecting White began to feel like the obvious choice, given the pretty glaring hole at point guard. However, as the draft combine and team workouts began, speculation about where White could land grew wider and wider – especially after learning that he’d no longer be participating in the combine.
Indeed, an early departure from the combine normally means the player received a promise to be picked by an organization, rendering his continued participation useless. Highly ranked Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland did the same thing. Initially, the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported that league sources said they believe the promise came from a team that picks before the Bulls. With the Suns sitting right in front of Chicago at No. 6, and also in the hunt for a point guard, I have a detectives hunch that they would be the culprit.
However, at the end of the day, we all know absolutely nothing. Well, let’s me rephrase that, we think we know a lot and we basically know the top three picks will go (1) Zion Williamson, (2) Ja Morant and (3) R.J. Barrett, and then after that, we know absolutely nothing.
Fortunately, we can take solace in the fact that the guesses for the Bulls have all been the same in the latest mock drafts. Coby White is putting on the Bulls hat come June 20th in the following FIVE mock drafts:
- CBSsports.com – Kyle Boone
- Bleacher Report – Joe Tansey
- Bleacher Report – Zach Buckley
- Yahoo Sports – Krysten Peek
- Basketball Insiders – Drew Maresca, Jesse Blancarte, Spencer Davies, Stever Kyle
All right, so trust those folks to whatever extent you feel confident, but I would label it as noteworthy that eight different NBA minds are all guessing White ends up in Chicago.
We didn’t previously see this level of agreement from mock drafters out there, but now only one week away from THE night, we may have a more concrete idea on what (or whom) will be there for the Bulls at No. 7. I’m not going to hang my hat on this by any means, especially with all the news coming out about Chicago being open for business on the trade front (are we sure that’s a good idea?), but it’s good to register nonetheless.
Chicago may wish it could hold on to its own destiny, but the draft lottery gods have spoken. And now, all we can do is wait to see if the brewing consensus is correct.