Chicago Bulls: 3 lessons learned from the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery

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3. The sky isn’t falling; the Bulls still have a nice core

Of course grabbing one of the top two picks would have been incredible. The Bulls needed Zion Williamson for more than just his talent. He’s a once in a generational type talent, and he could have transcended the Chicago sports landscape in a way not seen since maybe Michael Jordan.

If it wasn’t Zion, Ja Morant could’ve settled in nicely, fulfilling the team’s need for a dynamic point guard. Of course, that’s not happening either.

Immediate sensibilities are often thrown out the window and panic and despair can swirl around a franchise. Despite Tuesday’s disappointment, though, the sky isn’t falling around the Chicago Bulls.

The seventh pick is hardly a throwaway pick. It’s not hard to forget that Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. were also picked seventh in their respective draft classes. There was also a skinny guard from Davidson named Stephen Curry who was selected with the seventh overall pick a few years ago. Ever heard of him?

Whether the Bulls select North Carolina’s Coby White, a 6’5″ electric point guard, Vanderbilt freshman guard Darius Garland or even Duke’s enigmatic forward Cam Reddish, they’ll be joining a talented core of Markkanen, LaVine, Otto Porter Jr. and Carter.

The sky isn’t falling — though head coach Jim Boylen hasn’t demanded any pushups or extra wind sprints quite yet.