Chicago Bulls: 3 emerging realistic first round draft prospects

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Tyrese Haliburton (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
Tyrese Haliburton (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images) /

3) Chicago Bulls emerging draft options at No. 4: Tyrese Haliburton

An often discussed possibility for the Bulls, no matter where they were set to pick in the draft lottery, was the former Iowa State Cyclones sizable 6-foot-5 and 180 pound point guard Tyrese Haliburton. If Karnisovas and Eversley still want to address the point guard position for the future of this Bulls rebuild, drafting Haliburton wouldn’t be the worst way to go.

Haliburton is one of those prospects in this draft class that the Bulls haven’t seen play in a very long time, 10 months+. He missed the last month or so of his sophomore campaign, in what was a shortened 2019-20 college hoops season in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, due to an upper-body injury.

During the shortened 2019-20 regular season with Iowa State, Haliburton played in 22 games (starting in all of them). He averaged 15.2 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks. And Haliburton shot a very solid 50.4 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from beyond the arc, and 82.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Haliburton is a really good two-way point guard that offers excellent length, shooting ability, one-on-one defense on the perimeter, and excellent basketball IQ. He’s a really good all-around prospect, but seems to have a limited ceiling as to what he could do at the next level. Maybe he’s an option if the Bulls don’t have the option to pick LaMelo, Wiseman, or Edwards at four. Or he could be a solid option if Karnisovas decides to trade down in the lottery.

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