Bulls Podcast #44

It’s the Bulls Podcast #44 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’re covering the Bulls wild week, Goodbye to PA Legend Tommy Edwards, Why Boylen Can’t Coach, Valentine and Gafford to the G-League with Bol Bol and Predictions for the upcoming week.  
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

Bulls Say Goodbye to Tommy Edwards
Does Coach Boylen Care?
Valentine and Gafford Head to the G League to join Bol Bol.
Game predictions for the coming week

In celebration of Bulls Podcast Episode #44, we celebrate the number #44 throughout Bulls History
Paul Ruffner 1971, Tom Kropp 1977, Andre Wakefield 1979, Quintin Dailey 1983-1986, Corie Blount 1994-1995, Mario Bennett 1999, Dalibor Bagarić 2001-2002, Trenton Hassell 2003, Adrian Griffin 2005-2008,  Brandon Sampson 2019 and the most prominent in our hearts and minds is #44, Nikola Mirotic. He was the three point sensation that never was. We heralded his arrival in Chicago as the second coming of Ray Allen. Unfortunately he played with the court vision of Ray Charles instead.
Niko is out of the NBA now, making headlines this past offseason season by turning down over 30 Million to instead return to Europe and be done with the league forever. 
 
Tommy Edwards Steps Down as Bulls PA Announcer and calls it a Career
A number of generations of fans have had the opportunity to hear his voice during games at the Chicago Stadium and the United Center. But after three different stints with the team, Tommy Edwards has decided to step away from the mic.
The public address announcer said on Thursday that this coming Saturday’s Bulls game against the Rockets will be his final at the United Center, deciding to retire after 25 years of work for the team.
“My time with the Bulls has been a dream come true, and I feel so fortunate to have spent a total of 25 seasons with this iconic franchise,” said Edwards in a statement released by the team.  “I want to extend my sincere thanks to Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf, the entire Bulls organization and the world’s greatest fans for their unwavering support. I will forever be a Bulls fan.”
Edwards was behind the mic for games at Chicago Stadium from 1976-1981 and then again from 1983-1990. Sixteen years later, Edwards returned to the team to be the PA for games at the United Center and continuing in that role for 13 years.
In total, Edwards was behind the mic for over 1,000 games.
Now secretly, and not so secretly if you follow me on social, I want RAY CLAY to resume his former role as the Bulls PA Announcer. For those of you new to the show that don’t know who Ray Clay is, Let me refresh Your Memory..

Beyond being the voice of the Bulls throughout the Jordan Championship years, he’s also the guy you hear at the beginning and end of The Bulls Podcast. He was gracious enough to do that intro for us and we are keeping it forever. So if you’re on social, Tweet, IG, whatever.. Tell the Bull that you want Ray Clay to come back. We need that energy again. Energize the fans and the fans energize the players. It’s all full circle.
State of The Bulls: Coach Boylen Doesn’t Care
When we started the year. Things were looking really great for the team. It seemed like we had all of the pieces to do a substantial run into the playoffs this year. That was the goal that Gar/Pax, Coach Jim Boylen and the rest of the team repeated over and over. “Our Goal is to make the playoffs this year and we think we can do it..”
Well, things haven’t worked out so far this year. The excuse that Boylen doesn’t have all of his players healthy at the same time, is not the case this year.

Bulls Podcast #43

It’s the Chicago Bulls Podcast 43 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’re covering the Bulls loss to the Cavs, Way Too Early ROY Odds and predictions for the upcoming week.  
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

Bulls vs Cavs Recap
Way too early Rookie of The Year Odds
Game predictions for the coming week

In celebration of Bulls Podcast Episode #43, we celebrate another #43.. Corie Blount, who wore #43. As a Bull he played 4 seasons total, playing in 231games total. 

June 30, 1993: Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (25th pick) of the1993 NBA Draft.
June 30, 1995: Sold by the Chicago Bulls to the Los Angeles Lakers.
July 31, 2002: Signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls.
March 2, 2004: Waived by the Chicago Bulls.

Initially drafted for his athleticism, Blount developed a reliable midrange jumpshot over the course of his career, and he retired in 2004 with 2,287 career points and 2,690 career rebounds. He also appeared as himself in the 1996 film Eddie.
Bulls vs Cavs Recap
The Bulls played the Cleveland Cavs tonight. The Bulls XXX the game by the score of 117 to 111. It seemed to be the Tristan Thompson vs Otto Porter show for the first half. The Bulls maintained a steady 8-10 point lead and let the Cavs get back right before halftime.
The 3rd quarter featured a lot more back and forth, with the Bulls and Cavs trading leads on several series and exchanges.
In the 4th, Tristan Thompson took over for the Bulls/Cavs and sealed the game down the final 2-minute stretch, closing out the game with 23 points 10 rebounds, 5 blocks.
Kevin Love had 17 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists for the Cavs.
For the Bulls it seems like we’re calling the storage armory and getting out the TANK.. ALREADY.
Lauri Markkanen had 16 points and 8 rebounds
Otto Porter Jr had 15 points 5 rebounds and 3 assists and for a long stretch seemed like he was the only Bull really trying hard out there.
Thad Young played well in the first 3 quarters but became a liability down the stretch.
What is Luke Kornet doing Granted he had 9 points on 4-6 shooting, but just 2 rebounds for a 7 foot 1 guy?
Coby White had only 8 points in 20 minutes on the floor. Shooting just 3 for 12 and only 1 assists.
Team Performance
The Bulls are -57 rebounding through 5 games, the second-worst rebounding margin through 5 games in the last 7 NBA seasons
Tomas Satoransky and Kris Dunn are a combined 16-of-51 overall and 2-of-16 from 3 to start the season.
Lauri seems to be less and less of a driving playmaker in the games this season. 
Zach said he was mad that they were pissing away games and that they should have a flipped record of 3-1 (yesterday) right now.. And he goes out and basically shits the bed in Cleveland on 6-14 shooting, no rebounds and 2 assists.
Way too early Rookie of The Year Odds
There is an updated odds card already making the rounds for Rookie of the Year candidates, or at least according to who Las Vegas thinks it will be.
Coby White is actually 4th on the list of favorites, with Zion right above him at #3 with Ja Morant the #2 favorite to take rookie of the year. The top pick of the bookies for ROY this year is NY Knick Duke standout RJ Barrett. 
So Right now with White at #4 with +700, I would be able to go to Vegas and lay down $100. If Coby wins it, I win $700. Vegas must have hacked into the Pelican’s front office or at least Zion’s doctor. If we were to lay down $100 on Zion, we would take home $400 if he won it. NO ONE would have guessed this a month ago. We were talking about the next LeBron.

Bulls Podcast #42

It’s the Bulls Podcast #42 with Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’re talking Bulls vs Hornets post-game from the 126-125 loss. A look ahead to the first week of the season and Kenyatta Wright drops in and expresses his disappointment with the first Bulls effort. You don’t want to miss this one!
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

* Bulls vs Hornets Recap
* Game predictions for the coming week

OK, opening night on the road didn’t go as well as we thought, but the Bulls played a good game overall against the Charlotte Hornets, but lost in the closing minute with a score of 126-125.
Lauri Markkanen had a monster game with 35 points and 17 rebounds. Zach Lavine had 16 points and 5 turnovers and Coby White and Thad Young each poured in 17 points off the bench.
But ultimately it was such a tight game, there was really no room left for error down the stretch, and the Bulls just ran out of time. Zach probably should have taken a three, Dunn should have reacted differently on the sequence before that, but all in all it was a good game down to the wire.
Some thoughts from the team after the game:
“I thought we battled back. Down 16 in the second quarter. We had a good talk at halftime and got ourselves back in the game. I’m really proud of the fact we battled, but we have to do a better job of executing down the stretch.” – Coach Boylen
“A lot of good moments, some bad. Just have to learn from it and build. I feel like I played hard, but I could have hit more shots. Would have love to come out with the win.” – Coby White
“They made a lot of shots, but we didn’t execute on defense and offense like we wanted to. Transition defense hurt us. We didn’t communicate the way we wanted to. They got comfortable and made the shots.” – Lauri Markkanen
OK we’ve got a number of games coming up out of the gate and they are going to be a big test for our young Chicago Bulls. Wins early on in the season come a lot easier than those late in the season, injury ridden, tired player games that seem to slip away from us in recent years. Let’s build some W’s early on and ride the momentum..
So here’s what we have coming up..
On Friday the 25th the Bulls travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.
This game features the attack of the J’s Ja Morant, Jae Crowder, Jaren Jackson Jr the Memphis Grizzlies.
Predictions:
Wyse: W
Kdub: W
Marcus: W
It’s a Back-To-back, as the very next day the Bulls will take on the NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors for the United Center home opener.
Predictions:
Wyse: L
Kdub: L
Marcus: W
Then on Monday you have the Bulls taking on Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Kevin Knox, RJ Barrett and the NY Knicks
Predictions:
Wyse: W
Kdub: W
Marcus: W
We’re still trying to work out our schedules for Wyse and I to record on a regular basis. We’re going to finalize that within a week or so.
Next week we’re going to try and get Kay-Dub, Kenyatta Wright on the pod and see what his take is on the 2019-2020 Bulls.
Wyse and I are going to be guests on The Bully Pulpit pretty soon, and also on Bawl! On Bulls with Big Dave and C-Dub. I am REALLY looking forward to that and I might revive the game show over there..
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Marcus Social Links

Bulls Podcast #41

It’s the Bulls Podcast #41 with Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’re covering the first 2 preseason games and a look ahead to the Pacers, Raptors and Hawks.
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

Our Take on the Bulls Off-Season
Impressions of the Bulls First Two Pre-Season Games
Things to watch for in upcoming games

Our take on the Bulls off season

Bulls Trained together all of September
Felicio Got new glasses and gained 20 lbs to 285!
Boylen hung out with all of the players (Bahamas with Zach, Finland with Lauri, DC with Otto)

Impressions of the Bulls First Two Pre-Season Games
Milwaukee Bulls lost 121-112

Yannis is even more of a beast
Robin Lopez still loves the Bulls, hates his brother

New Orleans – Bulls Lost 127-125 
Wyse Impression of the game in person

Scoreboard
Entertainment
Pre-Game
Food

Game Highlights

Zion
Luke Kornet
Coby White show
Thad Young is awesome
Sato is really good

Why can’t we hold the lead?
Things to watch for in upcoming games
Upcoming Games:
Friday Oct 11th – Bulls at Pacers
(Thad Young homecoming game)
Sunday Oct 13th – Bulls at Raptors
(Let’s see if they still got it without Kawai Leonard)
Thurs Oct 17th – Bulls at Atlanta
(Jabari Parker revenge game. Vince Carter, Trae Young, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter)
Wyse Social Links:
 

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If you can’t remember any of these, you can check out our show notes for this show over at our website, which is BullsPodcast.com where we have all the links we mentioned in today’s show.
Until next time, Thank you for listening everyone, Go Bulls!

Bulls Podcast #40

It’s the Chicago Bulls Podcast 40 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’re talking about the future of White and Gafford, Off-Season Training Wish Lists, and a Spin Around the NBA Rumor Mill.
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

White and Gafford Predictions for the Season
Our Wish List for Player Off Season Training
Another spin around The NBA Rumor Mill

We’ll be right back after this quick time-out.
Bulls Summer League
White was a mixed bag in Las Vegas, showing the ability to push the pace, get to the rim with a lightning-quick first step and knock down some mid-range jumpers. But he was also careless with the ball, made just 3 of 30 3-point attempts (and two of those makes came in a 20-second span) and didn’t shoot above 44% in any of the five games he appeared in. He’s still quite raw running the point, so the inefficiency was expected. The flashes he showed at times told much more of the story. 
In comparison, let’s frame those stats with a common reference point to Bulls fans. Cam Payne.
Coby White Summer League Stats: 15.0 points, 4.8 assists, 33.7% FG, 10.0% 3FG, 3.8 turnovers, 30.8 minutes
Comparison: Cameron Payne, 2015, Thunder: 18.8 points, 4.0 assists, 43.6% FG, 28.6% 3FG, 2.5 turnovers, 30.0 minutes
Don’t let this fool you though, as a lot of our guys didn’t do well in Summer League:
Summer League rookie stats:
Marquis Teague: 10.6 points, 29.4% FG
Derrick Rose: 9.5 points, 29.4% FG
Tyrus Thomas: 16.2 points, 44.4% FG
Lauri Markkanen: 14.0 points, 29.3% FG
Erik Murphy: 11.6 points, 54.8%
Cam Bairstow: 10.2 points, 53.1% FG
Joakim Noah: 6.4 points, 47.4% FG
A couple of days before the 2019 NBA draft, Donovan Mitchell talked to USA Today Sports about Coby White being a sleeper in the draft. Mitchell on White: “He’s a dog. He’s good, really good.” Let’s see if that recognition holds true.
Wyse, what do you think Coby White is going to have to do RIGHT NOW in the offseason to improve the holes that we saw in him during those Summer League games?
Gafford
The Chicago Bulls filled a much-needed role when they drafted Arkansas big man Daniel Gafford with the 38th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Frontcourt depth was an issue for Chi-Town last season, and it wasn’t going to improve for future seasons unless the Bulls made some smart decisions. Drafting Gafford was brilliant, but there were still some questions as to how NBA-ready he was coming out of college.
In the 2019 NBA Summer League, Gafford was amazing. He showed he’s ready to be the Bulls’ backup center immediately. Wendell Carter Jr. still projects as a far better player than Gafford, so it’s not like the Bulls found a starter in the second round. But Gafford showed he’s ready to provide at least 20 meaningful minutes per night, which says a lot about his NBA-readiness.
One of the most desired types of big men in today’s NBA is a rim-running, shot-blocking athlete (see Clint Capela, Jarrett Allen and Willie Cauley-Stein). Gafford fits that mold. He rolls to the basket hard after setting screens and he protects the rim ferociously. He also crashes the offensive boards with tenacity – something that the fans are going to love once the season starts.
Gafford was clearly one of the best big men in Las Vegas this summer. But there are still parts of his game he needs to improve. For example, sometimes when he catches the ball near the bucket, it takes him too long to get his shot off, allowing him to get blocked at the rim. This is something he’ll learn with time, so I’m not worried. But it’s important to note that he wasn’t perfect this summer.

Bulls Podcast #39

It’s the Chicago Bulls Podcast 39 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. Westbrook to the Bulls – What would you offer? Jabari jabs at Boylen, Coaches Challenge Flag Impact and NBA Summer League Reactions.
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

Bulls Summer League Reactions
NBA introduces the Coaches Challenge Flag
Westbrook to the Bulls? What Would you offer?
Jabari Parker rips Boylen and the Bulls.

Bulls Summer League
The Bulls have entered Summer League in Las Vegas with mixed results thus far. The first game vs the Lakers Summer League team went well with great performances by rookies Coby White and Daniel Gafford. The Bulls won the game tonight vs Charlotte, bringing them to 2-2.

Coby White
Coby White has impressed a lot of people during summer league. He has a lot of improvement needed in a few areas, but overall seems like he will be a great point guard option for the Bulls down the road. He’s not starter material just yet, but he has that capability within him.
Coby had a well balanced 11 points, 5 assists and 7 rebound game vs Charlotte tonight.  Coby White has averaged 19 PPG with 40% FG% and 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.7 steals in 26.7 minutes per game. 
Daniel Gafford
Daniel Gafford has impressed so far and will be a fan favorite this year with those hustle plays and high flying dunks. He reminds me a lot of rookie Taj Gibson. I’m glad we didn’t sign Taj actually. We already have his younger clone right now. In tonight’s SL game vs Charlotte, he got 20 pts and 10 rebounds and some real nice effort and hustle, closing out the game with some key free throws for the win.
Gafford has averaged 11.7 PPG with 68% FG% and 8.7 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game. 
Chandler Hutchison
Hutch is on the SL team and has had mixed performances so far. Hutch has averaged 11.5 PPG with 29% FG% and 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 0.5 steals in 21.5 minutes per game.
Justin Simon
I’ve also been impressed with Justin Simon, a 6’5”, 205 lb guard from St. Johns. Simon has averaged 8.3 PPG with 50% FG% and 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 24 minutes per game.
Other Summer League Stuff Worth Noting:
Cameron Payne is the Summer League GOAT
Cam Payne is on fire for the Mavs. He hit 7 threes in a summer league game to close out with 36 points. A player high for Summer league so far. Guy’s been in the league like 5 years and still in Summer League? This is like playing against grade school kids on an 8 foot rim. Cam has averaged 20 PPG in 29 minutes per game and is all over ESPN as some sort of resurged hero to replace Doncic. Little do they all know..
Jaxson Hayes for Nola is pretty good. The 6’11” F/C is going to be one to watch in the NBA. He’s averaging 28 PPG on just 21 minutes per game.
Dylan Windler is the shooting beast we all thought he was. He’s putting up 15PPG for the Cavs.
Kevin Hervey for OKC is averaging a double double. It looks like this Texas G League standout may have a future on the OKC roster.
NBA Challenge Flag
Summer League is also the birthplace of the “Coaches Challenge Flag” to challenge referee calls. During the Bulls vs Hornets game, we saw this put into play and it actually overturned a called foul. This will be interesting to watch during the course of the regular season and could have a monumental impact on how pivotal games end.
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Russell Westbrook on the Trading Floor

Bulls Podcast #38

It’s the Chicago Bulls Podcast 38 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’ve got free agent signings Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky and Ryan Arcidiacono, Full NBA League-Wide Free Agency Rundown and our Reactions to the Bulls Franchise Breaking News.
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

Free Agent Signings from The Bulls: Young, Satoransky, Arcidiacono, Kornet
Our NBA Free Agency Rundown
Franchise Inside News – Where are we REALLY?

Bulls Sign Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky and Ryan Arcidiacono
Right out of the gate, Gar/Pax and the Front Office struck with an early Free Agency signing by announcing the acquisition of Pacers vet Thaddeus Young. This summer was never going to be a splashy one for the Chicago Bulls. They weren’t going for the headliner signings, trying to lure big names like KD, Kawhi or Kyrie to Chicago in some kind of quick-fix attempt to shoot the franchise back to championship credibility.
When the Bulls acquired Otto Porter Jr. before the February trade deadline, they essentially declared the former Washington Wizards forward their major summertime pickup, just getting somewhat of a jumpstart on things.
Fast forward to June 30 and the start of NBA free agency, with teams looking to make huge splashes. Chicago did bring in Thaddeus Young for 3 years at $41 million to give the frontcourt much-needed depth. Next, on Monday, the team agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Wizards for point guard Tomas Santoranksy worth $30 million over three years. That makes two solid pickups for a team in dire need of some positivity this summer. On top of that, today we completed the free agent trilogy with the Bulls announcing the return of Ryan Arcidiacono for 3 years at $9 Million. All these signing were for 3 years with varied options, but this is our roster going forward for the next few years. Then today we got word of the Bulls picking up 7”1’ backup center Luke Kornet from the Knicks.
Let’s go over each of these signings.
Thaddeus Young: 3 years $41 Million
Thad Young confirmed the announcement by Tweeting to the organization. With this kind of message, it’s clear that Thad Young knows he has his work cut out for him. He seems like he understands the situation and is ready to put in the work with himself and the rest of the team to bring a winning franchise back to the City of Chicago.
Let’s break down a few of his stats:
Young, who just turned 31 years old last week, finished his 3rd season with the Indiana Pacers and was an unrestricted free agent. He’s a forward who has historically played both the 3 and 4 spots, though in recent years in small-ball lineups has drifted more to the power forward position. A stretch option in this role was a definite need off the Bulls bench, and presumably Young will play behind both Otto Porter and Lauri Markkanen.
The shooting has improved for Young in his career but still isn’t truly ‘stretch-4’ level. He upped his attempts and percentages the last few years, but still wound up at roughly 2 attempts per 36 minutes, and hitting at under a 35% clip.
Defensively, Young is generally used to guard the larger PFs. But he can more than hold is own against fellow combo forward options like himself.
And perhaps most importantly, he looks to be reliable, missing only 2 games the past two seasons combined. Plus he looks to possess that ‘good guy’ quality that John Paxson claims to value.
Tomas Satoransky: 3 years $30 Million
We talked about Sato back in March on this podcast, and it must be true that Gar/Pax listen to the show, because they went out and signed one of the guys we’re had our eye on for a while.

Bulls Podcast #37

It’s the Chicago Bulls Podcast 37 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’ve got NBA Draft pick reactions and evaluations for Bulls picks Coby White and Daniel Gafford, plus a preview of Free Agents for the Bulls to target going forward.
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:
NBA Draft Reactions
Free Agent Prospects and Targets Going Forward
All season long we have urged you to embrace the tank! Was it worth it? We’ll be right back after this quick time-out to find out!
NBA DRAFT REACTION
After a feverish amount of trades with Atlanta, Phoenix, New Orleans and of course, the blockbuster AD trade to the Lakers, the Bulls decided to sit this one out and made no trades prior to the 7th pick
Even before the draft, on social media the opinions were flying early and often regarding who the Bulls should pick, and even polls on if the Bulls would get it right concerning their own draft performance. Waddle & Silvy’s poll asking that very question resulted in an astounding 83% voting that the Bulls would screw it up.
In the end, The Bulls selected Coby White as their 7th pick. And we’ve got reactions and possibly a rant about this particular choice and what it does to our lineup with the Bulls.
He averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists as a freshman for the Tar Heels.
Obviously, drafting North Carolina’s Coby White means that the Bulls are going to try and pick up the pace in the offense. Coby is as fast as they come in Point Guards. We’re talking Derrick Rose level speed. He doesn’t have quite the shot, but he can dish it out to Zach, Lauri, Otto and WCJ with a quickness, so let’s see what this gets us.
Personally I was open to seeing the Bulls draft Cam Reddish, but I can understand why they went for a point guard of the future in this year’s draft. Reddish actually slipped down to the Number #10 pick by the Atlanta Hawks. One could have made an argument that Reddish was the better pick. Some may have even argued Doumbouya. But, when you take everything into consideration, White was the correct pick for the current state of the franchise.
Wendell Carter Jr was actually present at the draft and personally welcomed Coby White to the Bulls Family on nationwide TV. We’re looking forward to becoming Coby White fans over the next few years as well.
In the second round, Chicago selected Daniel Gafford from Arkansas at no. 38 overall. It was not necessarily a flashy pick, but one which the Bulls can utilize almost immediately. He’s a 6-foot-11 big man with a defensive tenacity matched by few. Gafford comes out of the University of Arkansas after earning First Team All SEC this past season, as well as making the SEC All Defensive Team in both of his seasons with the Razorbacks.
Like our last Arkansas pick, Bobby Portis, Gafford is a long, high-energy big man who produced strong numbers in his final year at Arkansas. In fact, the numbers are eerily similar. Take a look at their final seasons with the team:
Portis: 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 96.9 DEF Rating
Gafford: 16.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 95.7 DEF Rating
The points and rebounds are almost identical, but Gafford blocked more shots than Portis did in his final season.
Another aspect which Gafford has Portis beat is straight-up field goal percentage. Last year, Gafford shot 66.0 percent from the field. In Portis’ final year with the Razorbacks, he shot 53.6 percent.
Now, the one area which Gafford does not compare to Portis is from beyond the arc. In today’s NBA, it certainly helps to have some range as a big man. Gafford has zero outside shot, while Portis has developed his even more as a pro.