Chicago Bulls: Grading the Central Division’s First Round

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Chicago Bulls: A

We all knew it and it happened. Colby White fell into the Bulls lap. The Minnesota Timberwolves jumped the Bulls by trading with the Phoenix Suns swapping the No. 11 and No. 6 picks. Which made Coby White or Jarrett Culver a lock.

Either would have sufficed and White fills the most immediate need so the Bulls made the better choice in a win-win situation.

White plays fast, aggressive and he’s an overall dynamic scorer that can put up points on his own. He averaged 16.1 points per game and 4.1 assists in his only season at North Carolina and broke the all-time North Carolina high school scoring record with 3,573 points.

Too fast for most defenders in transition, he’s been compared to De’Aaron Fox in Sacramento. White also adds a three-point shot to his arsenal. He shattered records at North Carolina sinking a ridiculous 82 threes. To compare, Otto Porter Jr. made 104 and Zach Lavine 120 in about twice as many games.

The Bulls didn’t make any more noise after White selecting not to trade up in the first round. Meaning they were comfortable with their second round board or didn’t have enough assets to pull anything major off.

There was talent late in the first round if management would have elected to make a move for a player like Brandon Clarke (No. 21), Nassir Litte (No. 25), or Kevin Porter Jr. (No. 30) that could fill needs for Chicago.

Overall there was only a handful of players the Bulls could have landed tonight to make an immediate difference, they did that, and did it without trading Zach LaVine.

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