The Chicago Bulls stuck to the plan and held tight on any potential trades Thursday night.
The night finally came and went, and the 2019 NBA Draft was one of the more entertaining drafts we have seen in recent memory. In fact, the entire week was a blast. Whether you’re strictly a Chicago Bulls fan, or an NBA fan in general, this past week was one for the books.
Between the trades including Anthony Davis and Mike Conley, and every other draft day deal that went down on Thursday, this played out purely in favor of basketball fans. We saw some notable names fall, like Kevin Porter Jr., Nassir Little and Bol Bol. We also saw some surprises.
For the Bulls, though, we didn’t see a whole lot of action — and, you know what? That’s O.K.
Chicago saw its name in plenty of rumors and reports over the last week or two. Some of those rumors included names like Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr. A good amount of them featured the Bulls potentially moving up in the draft, which would likely have cost them one of the aforementioned starters.
In the end, the Bulls stayed put at no. 7 overall and went with North Carolina point guard Coby White. A lot of fans wanted White all along, and those fans received their wish.
In the second round, Chicago selected Daniel Gafford at no. 38 overall. It was not necessarily a flashy pick, but one which the Bulls can utilize almost immediately.
Following the draft, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself when assessing the picks. For now, let’s settle with some immediate grades on both picks, from an objective standpoint. I try to be fair, all things considered.