Could Chicago Bulls top two targets in the draft be set?

LaMelo Ball (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LaMelo Ball (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

It does appear that the draft night big board of the Chicago Bulls is beginning to get set in place roughly two weeks ahead of Nov. 18.

The more and more that we hear about the plans for Arturas Karnisovas, Marc Eversley, and the Chicago Bulls camp in the 2020 NBA Draft, the more it feels like they’re having traction with two particular prospects. Those two could be the Maccabi Tel Aviv 19-year-old 6-foot-7 shooting guard/wing Deni Avdija and the Illawarra Hawks 6-foot-7 19-year-old point guard LaMelo Ball.

The Bulls hold the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery. They also hold the Memphis Grizzlies original 44th overall pick in the second round of the draft. The Bulls caught a nice stroke of luck to nab the fourth overall pick in the lottery, jumping up three spots in the odds order.

So where are the Bulls looking to find the answer to help build up their roster heading into the fourth year of the rebuild with the fourth pick?

According to a recent report from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, if LaMelo does wind up sliding out of the top three, there’s a really good chance that the Bulls nab him at four. Apparently Ball didn’t do too well in some of the meetings and draft interviews, possibly even workouts. If that is the case, then there’s a chance that he does slide out of the top three in this draft.

Ball falling to the Bulls in the fourth spot could be a really nice situation for this team.

And another prospect that we’ve heard a lot about in various ties to the Bulls is Avdija. The Ringer had recently done an updated version of their 2020 mock draft, with the Bulls taking Avdija. Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer apparently sourced that the Bulls are looking for a playmaker like Avdija on the wing.

Landing either Ball or Avdija with the fourth pick in this draft would not be bad at all for the Bulls. Getting Ball could mean that the Bulls draft the player with the most star potential in this class. And landing Avdija would both fill a positional need along with giving the Bulls potentially one of the best players on the board at the time.

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The 2020 NBA Draft is set to take place on the night of Nov. 18. Last year, the Bulls took the former North Carolina Tar Heels point guard Coby White in the first round (seventh overall) and former Arkansas Razorbacks center Daniel Gafford in the second round (38th overall).

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