Chicago Bulls: 3 prospects to avoid with the fourth pick

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
2 of 4
Tyrese Haliburton
(Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images) /

G Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

Strictly looking at his stats from this past season, I’m more than willing to bet that when I say “no” to Tyrese Haliburton, most people will respond with “WHY THE (insert preferred word) NOT?!”

I mean, he’s a 6-5 guard who averaged 15 points on a 59-41-82 shooting percentage split on top of six rebounds, six assists, and over two steals per game. What’s not to like?

Don’t get me wrong, Haliburton is still a first-rounder with a solid floor and ceiling ahead of him but this pick doesn’t fit with the Bulls current lineup. Karnisovas has gone on record to say he will take the best available player, but Haliburton at number four just doesn’t make sense.

First of all, for a SHOOTING guard, shooting form is pretty important and Haliburton’s shot gives me the willies.

The release is very set and a little bit slow, and the shot release point makes me think his shot would be blocked frequently against the bigger guards or wings in the Eastern Conference.

He could struggle to play against bigger guards in general.

Bulls have work to do before the draft. light. Related Story

Now, his ability to command an offense and get to the basket is quite admirable, not to mention he runs well in transition. He could really help as a guard off the bench setting up the pick-and-roll and could run out on the floor with either Coby White or Zach LaVine if one of them isn’t on the floor.

His pull-up game, however, is weak sauce. Don’t let the above video fool you.

He has the potential to be an impact player off the bench the way White was to start his career, but unlike Coby, Haliburton would probably stay there for the foreseeable future.

As a combo guard, he also doesn’t address a huge need like the Bulls have at wing.

No real injury concerns, though the Cyclone star did have his season end needing surgery on his left wrist.

While his talent is definitely top-10 worthy in the 2020 draft, Haliburton coming to the Bulls would be a luxury over anything, and because of that, he should end up elsewhere.