After reading your draft column, I checked out James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball and Obi Toppin. They all look like pretty good prospects, but given my choice... LaMelo. LaMelo looks to be an even better passer than his brother; sees the court well, very creative and usually right on the money. He's not quite as quick as Coby or Zach, but has nice moves (esp. at 6'7") and makes good decisions. He doesn't shoot the 3 well (20%) and his shooting form needs to be overhauled, but he has a decent floater (like Denzel) & good touch. He'll need to beef up and not avoid contact so much. He's potentially a good defender, but needs to commit to D. Wiseman has the size and athleticism we need.
He'll run and dunk and defend the rim. Also has a nice touch around the hoop, but no offense outside the lane.A little skinny right now, but looks like he has a frame to build on. Maybe a project, but probably a short-term one w/ good potential. Toppin may have the best overall skill set. He's a 6'9" FWD who shoots over 50% from the arc and has a good inside game as well – the prototypical stretch 4. He has solid fundamentals and may be quick enough to play SF as well. We'll probably need a top 3 pick to get any of them. My choice would be LaMelo, not just because we need a PG but because I see him as a very exciting prospect at perhaps the most important position... and filling our biggest need. Based on need, Wiseman is next, but Toppin is tempting! The trouble is that gives us 3 starting-quality PFs (incl. the one who plays center). That is, unless Toppin can fit in at SF and eventually replace Otto. With the Bulls' luck, we'll draft no higher than 7th and maybe more like 9th. So we should also consider the next tier (Tyrese Haliburton?) and also look for hidden gems, like Giannis, Jokic or Draymond.
Yes, the hidden gems. The Bulls get a lot of draft flak, obviously, but who did better than Jimmy at No. 30? Not to say they hit all the time, though no one does. Perhaps the point also is to increase the overseas scrutiny the way international players have been making such a dramatic impact. Draymond was a great fit, though he does seem to need Steph and Klay somewhat. There's a wing player from Israel who looks like he's rising fast even as nothing much is going on. Which is why several months before the draft we often have a very different idea about things. This year will be different with the likelihood of none or fewer draft camps and fewer workouts and interviews if any. Plus, it seems to be one of those years like the 2013 draft when any of a half dozen players could go No. 1. That year it was: Anthony Bennett, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr., Cody Zeller, Alex Len, and Nerlens Noel. Giannis was No. 15 and the only other All-Stars have been Oladipo, but not until he was traded twice, and C.J. McCollum.
I've spoken with Bulls broadcaster Stacey King about this. Fit matters. The 1989 draft was like that with Stacey among six players thought to be possible No. 1s. He ended No. 6 to the Bulls after Pervis Ellison, Danny Ferry, Sean Elliott, Glen Rice, and J.R. Reid. Had Stacey gone to the Kings, I believe he likely would have been a multiple All-Star with the way he could score in transition. He wouldn't have had any titles, however. But the Bulls had Horace Grant and wanted Stacey merely to be a defensive backup playing out of the triangle offense for spot shooting. Not that there were any great choices for the Bulls after No. 6 with then George McCloud, Randy White, Tom Hammonds and Pooh Richardson. Nick Anderson was No. 11. Probably wouldn't have beaten out Michael Jordan, however. The best player from that draft was Shawn Kemp at No. 17, who'd had a shaky prep career and hadn't played in college after suspensions and being accused of theft. Not what then-general manager Jerry Krause considered OKP—Our Kind of People. Tim Hardaway at No. 14 was pretty good, though a bit too much ball dominant for the Bulls.