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Bulls fill point guard need with Ayo Dosunmu in the second round

The Bulls selected Ayo Dosunmu with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. We break down his impact on the roster, betting implications and fantasy basketball outlook.

Loyola Chicago v Illinois
Ayo Dosunmu of the Illinois Fighting Illini motions to teammates against the Loyola Ramblers in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Photo by Jack Dempsey/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The Chicago Bulls selected Illinois G Ayo Dosunmu with the No. 38 pick in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft. The Bulls traded their first-round pick to the Orlando Magic as part of the Nikola Vucevic deal before the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline. The Bulls pick landed outside the top 4 after the lottery and was then sent to the Magic as part of the deal. So the Bulls will only have one pick, in the second round in 2021.

The Bulls have an interesting offseason ahead. Chicago has a RFA in Lauri Markkanen, who could be dealt in a sign-and-trade if a deal isn’t struck between the two sides. Zach LaVine could also use a contract extension heading into the final year of his deal. Thad Young and Tomas Satoransky each have a year left while Daniel Theis, Denzel Valentine, Garrett Temple and Cristiano Felicio are all set to be come free agents in August.

The Bulls have a decent core set up with LaVine, Vuce, Coby White and Patrick Williams. Will Markkanen factor into their plans? Can this core grow and take the next step into the playoffs? Those are the biggest questions before 2021-22.

Chicago Bulls 2021 NBA Draft picks

No. 38, second round: Ayo Dosunmu, PG, Illinois

Fantasy basketball outlook

Ayo Dosunmu — Given Chicago’s lack of a true point guard, Dosunmu could see immediate minutes as a lead ball handler next to Zach LaVine and Coby White. The Illinois product needs to improve his shot but can make plays distributing the ball and provides good defense on the perimeter. He’ll have to adjust to NBA schemes, but Dosunmu should get good minutes early. From a fantasy perspective, he’s one to keep an eye on as the season progresses and will offer good value in DFS lineups.