Chicago Bulls 2020 NBA Draft: Guards to target with a trade back

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2. PG Tre Jones, Duke

Another guy who should go in the mid-to-later first round is Tre Jones out of Duke. If the Bulls don’t bring back Dunn, Jones would be the perfect replacement. He is not going to light it up offensively, but rather Jones projects as a phenomenal defensive player.

Jones put up over 16 points per game last season and shot over 36 percent from long distance. He also led the Blue Devils with 6.4 assists per game. He’s one of the more well-rounded guards in the class and offers a lot of potential as a 3-and-D type point guard.

His lengthy, athletic style should hold up really well over time in the NBA, especially because he is a fantastic scorer in transition. He can push the pace and passes the ball with plenty of vision. Again, he won’t blow you away by scoring in bunches or creating many of his own shots off the dribble, but he’s a smart facilitator.

For the Bulls, they really need defense. Therefore, Jones makes a ton of sense. Being able to land a kid like Jones later in the first round obviously also means the Bulls would have acquired more assets by dealing their no. 4 pick.

Getting one of the more intriguing guards in the draft, plus additional assets, is well-worth giving up that fourth overall selection. It’s up to Karnisovas to build stronger depth, and Jones fits that mold.