Chicago Bulls: Expect the unexpected at seventh overall

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With the 2019 NBA Draft set to begin tonight, what should expectations for the Chicago Bulls be in the first round?

The 2019 NBA Draft will be interesting when the Chicago Bulls are on the clock. So far, from what we know, the Bulls are in a market for a point guard this offseason to replace the much-criticized Kris Dunn.

However, the Bulls have been involved in multiple rumors ranging from Darius Garland potentially being a target to rumors swirling around saying that the Bulls have been in discussions with the New Orleans Pelicans about a possible trade for the fourth overall pick. All this means that it’s likely fair to expect the unexpected to happen when the Bulls are on the clock.

Look, the Bulls are in somewhat of an odd position this year. At seventh overall, they aren’t guaranteed any of the top tier talents in this draft class like Zion Williamson or Ja Morant. Both will likely be gone by the time the Bulls are on the clock. Then there are players like Jarrett Culver and Coby White that make sense for what the Bulls are trying to build.

One thing to also understand is that the Bulls will end up being affected by other teams well. There are teams like the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans who will try and ruin the Bulls draft plans.

The point being made here is this: The Bulls are guaranteed nothing. While the franchise isn’t leaking anything, the first four picks of the draft will likely end up determining who the Bulls get. The team could add a guy like Forward Sekou Doumbouya, but that would be considered a major reach.

It would realistically expect the Bulls big board to consist of Cam Reddish (Duke), Coby White (North Carolina), Darius Garland (Vanderbilt), De’Andre Hunter (Virginia), and Jarrett Culver (Texas).

Even then, the team could decide to go in a different direction, but ultimately, it comes down to what the Bulls want with the seventh overall pick and what’s a bigger priority. Does it make sense for the team to fill a need like point guard? Or is the team looking to add to any position on the roster?

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The 2019 NBA Draft is critical for the Bulls. Get things right and you’re likely on your way towards competing for a playoff spot for the 2019-2020 season. However, if not, then the Bulls arrow will continue to point sideways. Whatever the Bulls decide to do, when you’re watching the draft later tonight, just be prepared to expect the unexpected and hope for the best.