The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery took place on Thursday night and the Chicago Bulls were rewarded with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 Draft. That was a jump up from their initial draft slot as the team with the seventh-best odds to win the first pick. The Bulls are coming off another failed season in 2019-20, but have reason for optimism. Arturas Karnisovas was brought in to run the front office and a new coach will be installed before next season. Let’s take a look at what the Bulls should do with the No. 4 pick.
2020 NBA Draft Targets
I wrote a little bit about this last night, but in a perfect world one of LaMelo Ball, Obi Toppin or Anthony Edwards somehow drops down to Chicago at No. 4. If that’s the case, perfect, you take whoever is left and run for the hills. If that isn’t the case, I think the Bulls can take some risks with this pick. The roster has a lot of young talent in Zach LaVine, Coby White, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. Adding another lottery pick obviously wouldn’t hurt, but the Bulls can also be crafty and look to add a trade chip to flip for an All-Star.
If the Bulls keep the pick and draft somebody, Devi Avdija seems like a perfect fit. Arturas is known for selecting a few stud Euro bigs in Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Avdija is a G/F combo in the mold of a Luka Doncic-lite. He doesn’t have generational talents like Doncic but has a lot of upside and is position-less in the NBA. Ideally, the Bulls are looking for a wing to play SF with White, LaVine, Markkanen and WCJ. Avdija could fit right in after playing professionally for Tel Aviv in Israel.
Isaac Okoro out of Auburn would probably be the other wing the Bulls should consider at No. 4. It may be a bit of a reach, but Okoro possesses the slashing ability and can shoot from outside. Okoro doesn’t have the ideal frame for an NBA 3 — he’s more of a tweener SG at 6’6” — so that may turn the Bulls off a bit. Still, Okoro was a highly-touted prospect out of High School and was solid as a freshman for the Tigers. Okoro would be more of a project, is the only drawback if Chicago wants to start putting pieces together right now.
Should the Bulls trade the No. 4 pick?
If the right deal comes around, I would say there’s a lot to back dealing this pick. There’s been a lot of talk about Zach LaVine being on the block. His contract is up in two seasons, so if LaVine has plans to bolt in free agency, trading him now at near peak value wouldn’t be bad. Does LaVine and the No. 4 overall pick land you an All-Star? I would say yes. Is No. 4, LaVine and a future first enough to get, say, Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid from Philly? I don’t see why not but the salary would have to match up. The Bulls feel on the cusp of getting into the playoff picture. The roster has tons of talent and really just needs one more piece and an actual NBA coach to get into the top 8 in the East.