The NBA Draft is Just One Day Away: The Realistic First-Round Candidates

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The NBA Draft is Just One Day Away: The Realistic First-Round Candidates

Chicago Bulls

Whether we like it or not, the NBA Draft is happening tomorrow night.

Considering the Bulls didn’t end up with a top-3 draft pick like many of us were hoping, this entire process of guessing what the Bulls might do while slotted at No. 7 hasn’t been particularly easy. Not only are we dealing with the GarPax machine running the operation, but every player other than Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett comes with a solid package of flaws and question marks alongside whatever apparent ceiling we can see.

So as we sit here with no set expectations regarding what the Bulls will do tomorrow night, let’s at least look over the names that have come into the conversation over the past weeks.

Coby White

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Size: 6′ 5″ –  185 lbs
  • Check out: Getting to Know White, Popular in mock drafts, and basically every other story talking about the draft.
  • Summary: White has been the fan’s front-runner for the Bulls No. 7 draft pick since the beginning. If you have been following anything about the Bulls, you know the team is in desperate need of a point guard. White is a flashy and quick natural scorer that draws comparisons to the Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (but White can actually shoot the ball better).
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Jarrett Culver

  • Position: Shooting guard
  • Size 6′ 7″ –  195 lbs
  • Check out: Getting to Know Culver, Bulls workout
  • Summary: Culver has been rumored to be a popular selection for basically anyone following the No. 3 overall draft pick. However, the Bulls interest has seemed even more legitimate considering Culver was the first No. 7-caliber player the Bulls brought in for a workout. Culver will not shock you with his athleticism, but he could very well develop into a reliable wing starter thanks to his all-around understanding of the game.

Cam Reddish

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Size: 6′ 8″ –  208 lbs
  • Check out: Getting to Know Reddish
  • Summary: The Bulls have been tied to Cam Reddish more-so via circumstance, but he is one heck of a versatile athlete. Nevertheless, for a Chicago team that is desperate need of adding reliable depth, the first-year player out of Duke wouldn’t be a bad way to go. Reddish is a bit rawer than some other prospects but also has a much higher ceiling than many. A lot of people are buying stock in what Reddish can be, so the Bulls have to decide if they want to make the investment as well.

Darius Garland

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Size: 6′ 2″ –  174 lbs
  • Check out: Getting to Know Garland, Bulls watched workout, Could Garland fall?
  • Summary: Darius Garland felt out of the picture for the Bulls until really a week before this draft. Commonly thought to be the No. 4 overall draft pick, new rumors have made that a bit uncertain. The Knicks are reportedly considering him for as high as the No. 3 pick and other mock draft situations have it possible for him to fall past the No. 5 pick. Garland only played five games in his college career, but his incredible jump shot and NBA skill set have kept him right near the top of the rankings. Will the Bulls be aggressive and try to get him (probably not)?

De’Andre Hunter

  • Position: Guard
  • Size: 6′ 7″ –  225 lbs
  • Check out: Rumor Round-up
  • Summary: Yeah, so Hunter has not really been tied to the Bulls all that much, but his name is certainly worth putting on this list. The Virginia guard is expected to go right around the No. 5-8 range in this draft, and, you never know, the Bulls could end up with him. Hunter is definitely one of the more mature players in this draft and could be considered more NBA-ready than some. He is a 21-years-old guy who puts in a strong effort on both ends of the court. He would be a great addition to the Bulls roster mostly because of his sharp-shooting presence from behind the three-point line.

Sekou Doumbouya

  • Position: Forward
  • Size: 6’9″-  209lbs
  • Check out: Sekou Doumbouya in for workout
  • Summary: The Bulls second first-round workout came with overseas forward Sekou Doumbouya. Climbing up the draft boards, some people like Doumbouya to go right around where the Bulls are slotted to pick. Rumor has it the man really impressed during his workout with the team, and Doumbouya would certainly add an intriguing piece to this young-Bulls core. However, the scouting reports hint at his raw style of play and how Doumbouya can attempt to rely strictly on his athleticism more than anything. The pick would be a project for sure (he’s 18-years-old), but potentially one with quite a bit of upside.

Nassir Little

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Size: 6′ 6″ – 224 lbs
  • Check out: Interest in Little
  • Summary: The UNC product actually fell down the draft boards a bit this season thanks to the success of his team’s point guard Coby White. Little was the No. 2 prospect in the country coming out of high school in 2018. Little doubt about his athleticism is out there, but, on the other hand, his shooting percentage (specifically from behind the arc) was really rough this past season. Little has the potential to grow into a really solid player, but No. 7 may feel a bit high for the guy.

Jaxson Hayes

  • Position: Center
  • Size: 6′ 11″ – 220lbs
  • Check out: Speculated interest, Would the Bulls really do it?
  • Summary: Jaxson Hayes came out of nowhere. The Texas Longhorn put together a dominant season around the basket that put him as the No. 1 listed center in this draft (No. 11 overall product). A very efficient player and solid rim protection, Hayes could certainly give some teams problems that don’t have a true center. The only issue, he isn’t known for shooting the basketball. Oh, and I guess when you take into account the Bulls already drafted a 19-year-old center last year, it doesn’t feel like the most necessary pick. Trade down a little, and now we are talking.


Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.