With the growing consensus amongst Bulls fans, draft analysts, and media personnel alike, it seems that the Bulls will draft Deni Avdija 4th overall in this year's draft. If not him, potentially Isaac Okoro, or even Killian Hayes. In spite of those repetitive scenarios, I wanted to shed light on another lottery prospect who I really like in this year's draft, and believe to be a nice piece for the Bulls, Tyrese Haliburton.
Despite him being a point guard, I feel he is a valuable asset with much to add to this Bulls team. Much like if LaMelo Ball were to still be on the board at fourth, it'd be a no brainer to most, for the Bulls to select him. With that being said, I don't see how selecting arguably the second-best, if not the best overall point guard in the draft while he's still on the board, would prove to be a bad choice for the Bulls. Although this might seem to be coming at an unfortunate time, being that Coby has stated that he would like to be the Bulls' starting PG next season. I think having a more offensive-minded lineup with Haliburton, White, Lavine, Markkanen, and Carter could prove to align with the vision of Karnisovas' ideal style of play given its potential for fast-paced offense and good ball movement with the addition of Haliburton's natural knack for passing, along with his non-ball dominant play style and unselfish demeanor. Haliburton could also prove useful as a spark plug off the bench. Do you feel that Haliburton fits with this Bulls roster? If so, do you think they'd draft him 4th overall?
The unusual and innovative, as the NBA might say, factor about this draft is how many different players I've seen those "experts" suggest as the potential No. 1 pick. I've seen Haliburton there as well as the other top point guards, Ball and Hayes. I've seen mock drafts (which usually come from the consensus of scouts or the imagination of draftniks) that have had Edwards on top, or Wiseman or Toppin. I saw one with Okongwu. Another had some Duke guard in the top five who isn't in the top 60 in another. Which means either it's a deeper draft than we think or one with four busts among the top six picks. So be careful.
I've read where the Warriors at No. 2 do like Haliburton and believe they could trade down to get him. Or maybe even take him there as a player who fits with their passing and movement philosophy. Bulls executive Arturas Karnisovas has talked about perhaps a dozen top players from this draft, leaving us I'm sure in mystery right up to the selection. If the Bulls do select a point guard there's no way, to me, White doesn't begin next season as the starter. Young point guards, especially, take time to develop. Though Billy Donovan did nice work last season with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. OK, having Chris Paul around helps. Haliburton checks a lot boxes for size, passing, shooting and the ability to play multiple positions. Miami seems to have found some interesting young players outside the top five. It doesn't seem like it would be a stretch for Haliburton to be in that top four. He seems like less potential star and less potential bust.