Chicago Bulls: Pre-NBA Draft offseason primer, hype manual

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This is all about the best of the rest.

The aforementioned players aren’t the only options at seven. There are plenty of directions the team could go:

De’Andre Hunter, F: Another plus three-and-D prospect, Hunter will forever be remembered for drilling a clutch corner three in the National Championship game with seconds to go (along with giving Culver fits all game long). He’s one of the safer prospects in this year’s draft, but his ceiling isn’t particularly high.

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His jump shot is kind of a slow developing motion, which is just about the only major knock I could find. Much like the guys on this slide, earning his minutes will be a challenge to come by out of the gate. But in five or so years. I wouldn’t be shocked if he became a poor man’s Kawhi Leonard.

Sekou Doumbouya, F: Put this 18-year old in the “All-Draft Intriguing Team”. Sekou is probably seen as a stretch four at the pro level, and well worthy of that title. His projected three-point shooting (34.3% last year for Limoges CSP) will really make NBA decision makers think hard if he’s available. He would be considered plus depth behind Lauri Markkanen, and could probably make spot starts whenever he gets hurt. But for his size and position, he’s not a good rebounder.

Also, much like Lauri, he’s going to take his lumps on defense. But he’s young and still learning how to play the game. With proper coaching, he could be special. For what it’s worth, the team brought him in recently.

Brandon Clarke, F/C: Clarke is just about as pro-ready as they get in this class. In the NBA, he will be what I think is a very solid stretch four. The point being, you know what you’re getting with the Gonzaga product. He does *everything* well. Finding holes in his game is hard. I think there are some questions with his three-point shooting being a little spotty.

One possible problem with Clarke is that he would be jockeying for minutes with Markkanen, Carter, and Porter Jr. among others. It may not be the most ideal selection to target the frontcourt for a third straight year. Also, he has minimal upside as he fits the mold of the rare elder statesman going in the lottery, not to make any previous comparisons, but that sounds like Doug McDermott or Denzel Valentine.