Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Chicago Bulls

June 14th, 2024

by Alan Lu

The Chicago Bulls had a disastrous season as they missed the playoffs yet again, despite having multiple former All-Stars on their roster. It doesn’t help that they have a slew of at best B-tier star players that are mostly on undesirable, albatross contracts, and the Bulls have been underachieving for two seasons in a row. On the plus side, they do have some talent on their roster, and Coby White had a really good season for them as he’s improved considerably this year. They’ll have to continue to manage and tweak their roster, but they’ll have to find ways to maximize their team for next season.

DeMar DeRozan has been a solid player for the Chicago Bulls, and he’s made numerous All-Star teams in the NBA, but his team hasn’t been relevant since 2022, but they were able to win a playoff game against Milwaukee back then. (Photo: David Zalubowski/Associated Press, via Sportsnet)

As for trades, I thought about possible Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic trade ideas, but there wasn’t one I could find that would make sense for both the Bulls and the other team that would be involved, so I didn’t make one there. On one hand, LaVine is a former All-Star and is still a talented player, but he’s been very injury prone and is on a massive, multi-year contract, so it would be difficult to trade him in a way that would beget both good value for the Bulls and the other team that he would be traded to.

At 11, the Bulls should go with the best player available, and if they can get one that also has an extremely high upside, that would be an added benefit and bonus, too. Here is what I did for the Bulls in ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the Chicago Bulls.   Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Chicago Bulls. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the Chicago Bulls. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Chicago Bulls. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3:

A mock draft board for the Chicago Bulls. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Chicago Bulls. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Ron Holland is a tremendously athletic, energetic swingman that excels as a downhill driver, and he’s a rangy defender that relentlessly competes on the defensive end. He’ll still need to really improve his jump shot, but he is a high-motor player that has enormous potential. While there are other good options at 11, I think Holland would be a very good pick for them there, especially for the long term.

Cody Williams and Matas Buzelis also would be very good picks if available there at 11. Williams is an athletic, energetic two-way wing that whose versatile skill set would be useful for the Bulls, but he will need to stay healthy and be a more consistent shooter. Matas Buzelis is a very tall, skilled combo forward that can knock down shots and could project to be a plus-level defender, but will need to improve his shot selection, but he also would be a versatile player that could be a three-level scorer and finish plays above the rim.

The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. Thank you for reading.

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