1. Coby White
A gentle reminder for Bulls fans and maybe, the team’s front office: This is just the beginning of the third season of the rebuild. As difficult and frustrating as a rebuilding situation can be, patience is key. Another key in any rebuild is building a roster organically that grow together and learn how to win together.
The Golden State Warriors are a prime example of a roster (besides Kevin Durant) that was built through the draft and grew together to be a championship team.
All of which is to say, between Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., the Chicago Bulls are building an impressive roster of young talent. Of course, LaVine was acquired via trade, as was Otto Porter Jr., but the fact is, drafting a point guard like Coby White makes a lot of sense for Chicago.
Obviously, the Bulls need White to be available at No. 7, but if he’s there, it would be surprising if they passed on him.
White may not be the perfect fit with the current roster, but he’s ready-made for today’s NBA style of play. He’s a downhill guard, looks to push the action and isn’t afraid of the stage or the pressure. The 6’5″ freshman from North Carolina averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game for the Tar Heels last season.
More of a shoot-first point guard, White may struggle to mesh with a ball-dominant LaVine and with Markkanen needing his touches as well. However, the former Tar Heel should enliven the Bulls stagnant offense and bring the firepower the team has lacked from the 1 position since Derrick Rose’s departure.
The Chicago Bulls will have plenty of options when addressing the point guard position. Maybe they swing for bigger targets like Kemba Walker or D’Angelo Russell. Perhaps they make a run at Terry Rozier, believing he’s a good roster fit.
Whatever happens, expect a new point guard in the Windy City this winter.