By: Camron Miller
This year in the 2018 NBA Draft the Bulls drafted Wendell Carter Jr. from Duke with the 7th pick in the first round and Chandler Hutchison with the 22nd pick in the first round. With these new acquisitions to the team, the Bulls looked poised to make a playoff run in the Eastern Conference. Wendell Carter Jr. may have not received the recognition he deserved while playing for a Duke team whose biggest names that stayed in news headlines were Marvin Bagley, Grayson Allen, and Chicago native, Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
This kid has serious game, in just one season at Duke he averaged 13.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, with a .561 FG% and .413 3P% while playing center. Wendell will be a nice piece to fit into are front court right next to Lauri Markannen who earned first team all-rookie honors this year. Lauri Markannen and Wendell Carter Jr. should give the frontcourts in the Eastern Conference some trouble as they both have that ability to get inside and finish around the rim with their length and body size. But they can also stretch the floor and knock down a 3 right behind the arc.
A lot of fans might be shaky about this other pick Chandler Hutchison, thinking to themselves there were a lot of more quality wing players up their we could’ve drafted with the 7th pick instead of getting Carter Jr, but it’s time to put the doubters to shame. Hutchison didn’t play on as big of a national level as our first draft pick, but he put up some amazing numbers at Boise St that should put the haters and doubters at rest. Hutchison average 20.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, and .359 3P%. Hutchison will provide the spark and fire power we need from our wing spot this year.
The biggest challenge for the rookies will be adapting to the 82 game regular season which could be brutal on players bodies that are not used to playing that many games professionally yet. Hopefully this doesn’t hurt them and the vets on the Bulls team guide them in right direction, so this team get back to the esteem of its former self. These young bulls might teach a few of our vets some new tricks and teammate chemistry will be better than it was especially since the core is revolved around so many younger players. The young Bulls are taking over and let’s follow them all this season as they face the many challenges that come with being in the league.