Chicago Bulls: 5 options for pick No. 7 in 2019 NBA Draft

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1. Jarrett Culver

Another guard the Bulls should have their eye on is Jarrett Culver from Texas Tech. During his freshman season in 2017-18, he averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 boards per outing in more of a supporting role.

Given a larger workload last season, Culver’s numbers jumped up to 18.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Additionally, he doubled his assist numbers (3.7 per contest up from 1.8 a year ago) and as a result, he accounted for 35 percent of his team’s scoring plays.

At 6’6”, Culver has the size to defend either guard position and the 3 as well. He can also be a disruptive force in the passing lanes, as he averaged 1.5 steals per game. On the other side of the narrative, although he shot 34.1 from long range overall during his two years at Texas Tech, he posted an unimpressive 30.4 percent conversion rate from downtown last season.

Because of that low shooting percentage from distance, this could limit his ability to get by elite defenders in a half-court set at the NBA level. All in all, Culver is not going to overwhelm opposing players with otherworldly athleticism. However, the fact that he has proven to be a capable scorer, rebounder and facilitator, along with being a decent defender, should warrant interest from several teams picking in the top 10.

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While he is projected to go as high as No. 4, other mock draft boards have him going at No. 7 to the Bulls. Should he fall to the Bulls at that spot, they could certainly use a player that has the potential to be an asset at both ends of the floor.