Chicago Bulls: 5 players worth trading back for in 2019 NBA Draft

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Chicago Bulls, Bruno Fernando
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Center Bruno Fernando, Maryland

One particular player the Bulls could draft while stockpiling assets is Bruno Fernando out of Maryland. The 6-foot-10 center is coming off a strong sophomore season and currently projects to be a pick anywhere from the late teens to late 20’s.

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In 2018-2019, Fernando put up 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. As a backup center to Wendell Carter, Fernando would provide the Bulls somewhat of a Taj Gibson type of player.

Fernando’s jump shot needs work, and he probably isn’t going to contribute much from beyond the arc. But, as someone who clearly needs a little development, he’s worth stashing on the bench as a role player.

Fernando brings a ton of energy, athleticism and physicality to the table. He hits the court at 100 miles an hour every time he’s out there, and would give the Bulls a totally different feel than Carter’s smooth, quiet approach.

If the Bulls are truly looking to find additional assets and build depth, rather than selecting at no. 7 overall, Fernando could be a fantastic addition to the youth movement.