1. He takes risks that the Bulls need to
The entirety of the Bulls fan base has to be yearning for GarPax to get out of the front office. Part of the reason why GarPax has a dwindling clock in the Windy City is how they weren’t able to construct a contending roster, or even come close to it in the last three years.
Karnisovas isn’t really known for taking risks year-after-year in free agency. But he didn’t really need to since he had a deep bench and a perennial MVP contender with Jokic in the fold. Maybe the time when Markkanen could turn into that level of a star is done, but there’s still building blocks in place for Karnisovas to succeed quickly with the Bulls.
And with such a weak draft class for 2020, and the Bulls likely having another early lottery pick, Karnisovas might need to take a big risk to find a player that will legitimately help the rebuild. Picking a prospect like 6-foot-7 point guard LaMelo Ball, shooting guard Anthony Edwards, or combo guard Tyrese Maxey might be the way to go in this draft class.
In his time with the Nuggets, Karnisovas took ample risks, some of which paid off in a big way in the last few years. Picking the former Mizzou Tigers five-star generational talent Michael Porter Jr. started to pay major dividends this season. The same could soon happen with former Oregon Ducks big man Bol Bol. It certainly already happened with Murray and Jokic.