Joel Embiid, Geez, he's a very large person (7-feet tall, 280 lb. – I looked it up). Vucevic is not exactly small, but Embiid looks so much bigger. Basically, he looks like Shaq without the baby-fat. I thought he fouled DeMar on that last block (on the body, before the actual block), but it was close. I don't blame Billy for accepting that call and not getting fined over it. That is not what lost the game for us. It was that 0-15 run in the 2nd qtr. Even on TV you can see how big he is and how ‘normally' he moves for a guy that size. Even scarier if he could stay healthy. Even with Embiid on board, I still don't like ‘the process'. They suffered for years before getting Embiid, and still haven't built a great team around him.
Not that teams didn't do that before...after all, the lottery came about in 1985 because so many teams—including the Bulls—were dumping games to try to get the No. 1 draft pick, then Hakeem Olajuwon. I know all the great players come from the draft, but as the Bulls experienced and why the Thunder, Magic, Pistons, Pelicans, Rockets and others probably are doomed for years to come is that when you build with draft picks instead of just filing in with them you usually become the history of the Sacramento Kings. Sure, the 76ers got lucky with Embiid after basically blowing about five drafts with No. 1s for Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Markelle Fultz and it seems now Ben Simmons as well. Embiid saved them after, by the way, sitting out about two years, so they were even lucky with him. But who still sees them as a likely finalist? And Embiid doesn't have a long shelf life. That's why it's a relief to see what the Bulls did, moving a bunch of those picks for adults. Like Tex Winter always told Jerry Krause, "You win with men."
You didn't find many No. 1 picks with the championship Bulls. Sure, if you can get LeBron. But even Anthony Davis—top 75, not on my list—could barely get the Pelicans to the playoffs for years. Look at the Raptors nice early run now. Sure, Scottie Barnes looks like he could be Rookie of the Year. But it's not a training ground as much as working in some young players with veterans and not so much talking about the future than trying to enhance the present. GMs might persuade their bosses it's good to have future draft picks, but they're not that interesting for fans to watch.