The Ringer has Chicago Bulls taking ‘lead playmaker’ with No. 4 pick

LaMelo Ball, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
LaMelo Ball, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) /

More and more discussions have the Chicago Bulls looking at a point guard instead of a wing with the fourth pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

In the latest edition of their 2020 NBA Mock Draft, from Kevin O’Conner, The Ringer had an interesting choice for the Chicago Bulls with the fourth overall pick in the first round. The Ringer had the Bulls taking the 6-foot-7 and 185 pound 19-year-old point guard LaMelo Ball. If the Bulls could pull that off, it could be a great move heading into the fourth year of the rebuild.

The reasoning for the Bulls picking a player like Ball fourth overall in the 2020 NBA Draft that The Ringer gave was pretty interesting. Here’s more on what they said about where the Bulls could be looking with the fourth pick, and what needs they could have to fill.

"League sources say the Bulls are likely targeting a lead playmaker in the draft, which is why last week’s mock had them taking Killian Hayes. But LaMelo is the most talented passer in this class and is a tempting pick, although one that would immediately raise questions about Zach LaVine and Coby White’s futures in Chicago."

It sounds like another prospect to watch for the Bulls to pick fourth overall could be the sizable 6-foot-4 French point guard Killian Hayes. That sounds like an increasingly real prospect that the Bulls could pick fourth overall if Ball is off the board.

Most mock drafts for the 2020 class don’t have Ball falling all the way to the Bulls with the fourth overall pick. But if the Bulls had that chance to get Ball fourth overall, they should definitely jump on it. He has one of the highest ceilings of any prospect in this draft class as it appears now.

Another notable nugget from this mock-up of the first round of the 2020 draft from The Ringer is the mentioning of a potentially uncertain future for shooting guard Zach LaVine and point guard Coby White in Chicago. It feels like LaVine and White could be the two most promising players for the Bulls heading into the 2020-21 season.

Any way you look at it, it would be a pretty proficient move for the Bulls to land a very capable playmaker that could be a true point guard for them such as Ball. While that would likely mean that the Bulls don’t see a future with either LaVine or White, it could still help to round out the rotation in the near future.

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In this mock from The Ringer, they had the Minnesota Timberwolves taking the former Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman first overall, Golden State Warriors taking former Georgia Bulldogs shooting guard Anthony Edwards second, and the Charlotte Hornets taking the Maccabi Tel Aviv wing Deni Avdija third.

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