November 24, 2020

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Bulls Breakdown: Recapping the Draft and Other Moves

By: Jay Patel (@jpatel2444)

The 2020 NBA Draft has come and gone, and the first draft under Arturas Karnisovas had its fair share of surprises. Moreover, the Bulls extended a qualifying offer to Denzel Valentine, but decided not to with PGs Kris Dunn and Shaquille Harrison. Karnisovas has definitely made some interesting moves, but he seems to have a vision for what the new-look Bulls will look like.

NBA Draft:

Round 1 Pick 4: Forward Patrick Williams (Florida State University)

The 19-year old Williams soared up the Bulls draft board. New HC Billy Donavan was a fan of the 6’8, 225 pound forward. In his lone season as Florida State, Williams averaged 9.2 PPG and 4.0 RPG. However, he’s a versatile player who can guard and play multiple positions. Williams gives the Bulls another young, talented, and potential-filled player.

Round 2 Pick 14: Forward Marko Simonovic (Overseas)

The Bulls looked overseas to find their second draft pick. Simonovic is a 6’10 forward who can shoot and play the pick-and-roll. Arturas has already said that Simonovic will spend at least one year overseas, but the Bulls are excited by his shooting abilities.

Bulls Extend QO to Valentine, Dunn and Harrison to Hit Market

In a bit of a surprise move, the Bulls did not extend a qualifying offer to either Kris Dunn or Shaquille Harrison. They will both now become unrestricted free agents. Dunn already has several suitors including the Los Angeles Clippers. Dunn, 26, came to the Bulls as part of the Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota, and has had ups and downs with the Bulls. He could never fill the PG of the future role, and instead found himself giving way to a number of other PGs on the roster. Dunn was a defensive specialist who could make the mid-range jumper. However, the new Bulls front office is looking for two-way players who can score and pass.

The Bulls will not extend a QO to Kris Dunn

Harrison was a nice reserve player for the Bulls who flashed his defensive abilities. He was most likely the odd man out as the number of spots remaining on the roster are limited.

Valentine has seen very limited playing time the last two seasons due to injuries and benching. Valentine is a career 36.6% 3-point shooter, and has shown improvements during the Bulls off-season workouts. Karnisovas must see value in bringing Valentine back after a downhill ride.