With the seventh pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select…
Blue Route is bringing you draft coverage leading up to the NBA draft on June 20th, 2019. The Philadelphia 76ers are slated to select 24th pick in the draft. The NBA draft often sees movement, trades and drama, so to prepare you for various potential outcomes, the Blue Route will be giving you draft profiles for the all of the likely top picks, as well as our very own mock draft.
2019 NBA Mock Draft Results
- New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson
- Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant
- New York Knicks – RJ Barrett
- Los Angeles Lakers – Jarrett Culver
- Cleveland Cavaliers – DeAndre Hunter
- Phoenix Suns – Coby White
Current State of the Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls have a collection of interesting pieces from one to five on their roster, and they’ll have a chance in the 2019 NBA Draft to add another. The Bulls are paying only two players over $10 million. Otto Porter will make $27,250,576 next year and Zach LaVine is set to earn $19,500,000.
It’s safe to say that Porter and LaVine are two of the more important pieces in terms of team success, but with regards to future success, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter may be on top of that chart. The Bulls also have some other pieces with upside such as Denzel Valentine, Kris Dunn, and Chandler Hutchison.
When it comes to wins, the Bulls seem to be a bit away. To sneak into the playoffs, they’ll need massive growth from Markkanen and Carter. We know what to expect out of Porter and LaVine. It’d be nice if they could get some solid production from Dunn and Valentine as well.
Looking ahead into 2019 Free Agency
The Chicago Bulls have a total of just over $80 million on the books for the 2019-20 season with a projected salary cap of $116 million, which gives them a max slot in free agency. When it comes to team needs, they certainly won’t spend max money on a big man, being that Lauri and Wendell are planted in the middle (even though Lauri is hardly in the middle) for the foreseeable future.
Otto Porter will be their anchor at small forward, and Zach LaVine is a franchise guard, which leaves a need at the other guard position; I say other guard because LaVine can play at the point or at the two.
This means Kyrie Irving (not going to happen), Kemba Walker (it could happen), Klay Thompson (not going to happen), Jimmy Butler (homecoming?), D’Angelo Russell (I don’t see him leaving the Nets), Malcolm Brogdon (seems likely they’ll be in play for him), Goran Dragic (the timeline doesn’t make sense), Danny Green (maybe), JJ Redick (maybe), Ricky Rubio (maybe), Terry Rozier (makes a ton of sense), Terrence Ross (meh), Patrick Beverley (maybe), Jeremy Lamb (maybe), and Derrick Rose (how awesome would that be?) are all possible targets.
The Selection – Cameron Reddish
Remember how we said the Chicago Bulls need a shooting guard? If they’re unable to do so in free agency, Cameron Reddish would be a perfect. Standing at 6’8″, Reddish does have the ability to play shooting guard or small forward. He isn’t much of a ball handler, so this cements LaVine as Chicago’s point guard, but don’t discount Cam’s passing ability.
Disregarding his size and athleticism, he’s a good defender. Now, factoring is his height and 210-lb. frame, I can’t see how he won’t be a more than capable defender in the NBA. The Bulls would be looking at a starting lineup of LaVine at point, Reddish at the two, Porter at small forward, Markkanen at the four, and Carter in the middle at the five.
As a freshman at Duke, Reddish averaged 13.5 points per game in 29.7 minutes. His shooting numbers weren’t great. He shot 35.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three. I often wonder what Cam would have looked like on a team without the likes of RJ Barrett or Zion Williamson; if he assumed the lead role on a lower profile team. Needless to say, this is a value selection (with fit as a conveniency) for the Bulls at the seven spot, and it’s not based off of what he did for the Blue Devils; it’s based off of what he has the potential to do in the pros.
Cam Reddish’s stats with the Bulls would completely depend on what they do in free agency, after the draft. As I said before, the flow of the draft could even determine this selection. Based on the fact that I entered us into a world where the Bulls don’t sign a franchise shooting guard this summer, let’s just say Reddish is placed into the starting lineup from the start of the season as the two.
With regards to usage, I expect LaVine to continue to get his. He will still take the most shots. Also, a lot of these projections will hinge on the health moving forward of Markkanen and Carter. Assuming good health, I think Reddish would get the least amount of touches in the starting lineup. Don’t forget about Otto Porter and the things he’s capable of as well.
Projected Stats, Per Game: 31.3 minutes, 9.2 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks, 1.8 turnovers. He will shoot 42.2 percent from the field, 34 percent from three, and 80 percent from the free throw stripe. I expect him to be a solid role player for the Bulls and a nice defensive asset as well, assuming he buys into his low-usage role.