Next month the NBA 2020-2021 season will officially kick off on Dec. 22nd. Now that the draft is over there will be some new players officially stepping their game up to the pro level.
Unlike last year, with phenom Zion Williamson, there was not a guaranteed first overall draft pick. However, there was a rotation of who the top three players were going to be. It was just a matter of where they would land. There was a wide array of ways that the rest of the teams could go outside of the top three picks, and right outside the top three with the fourth pick, was the Chicago Bulls.
There were a lot of solid prospects to choose from, given that the Bulls were one of the worst teams in the league when the season ended. They could have picked up a better small forward, since Otto Porter Jr. is just okay. The Bulls also needed defensive help, and there were a lot of players they could have chosen. Ultimately, they decided to pick up the Florida State forward Patrick Williams.
WIlliams is a 6’8 forward, who averaged 9.8 points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block a game coming off the bench for Florida State and won the ACC Sixth Man of the year. When scouted, he was projected to have a high motor, and is a great defender. He has the potential to develop a better perimeter shot and become an even better playmaker.
The Bull’s current Vice President of Basketball Operations, Artūras Karnišovas, spoke of Williams saying he is “a physical specimen, one of the youngest prospects in the draft class. Defensive versatility is what we liked. Long arms. Big hands. Such an upside and potential. This is what the NBA is today. He can play from 1 through 5.”
At face value, for the average fan, this may not look like a great pick, getting a guy who didn’t even start in college, but the Bulls organization seems to have a lot of faith in him. Hopefully, this faith isn’t misplaced, because the city of Chicago would love to have a good team to cheer for again.
By Devin Foster, Sophomore, Bradley University
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