The Chicago Bulls do not presently have a selection in the NBA Draught on June 22, but that hasn’t prevented management from acting as if they do.
Top prospects Brandon Miller, Nick Smith Jr., Cason Wallace, and Anthony Black all reported they visited with the Bulls during the NBA Draught Combine on Wednesday.
Such gatherings are unquestionably a part of the due diligence process. They may give organisational intelligence for either the draught or a future trade or free agency decision.
But it’s noteworthy that so many anticipated lottery picks—and, in the case of Alabama forward Miller, an exceedingly high lottery pick—represented the Bulls’ primary emphasis.
“It was all positive vibes.” “It was just to see where my headspace was at, about my life, how I grew up,” Miller said of his encounter. “I believe it’s more about the bond, simply talking to someone.” The relationship is the most crucial aspect of anyone’s profession. I believe that you should always form a relationship with and trust someone so that you know what you’re getting yourself into.”
Wallace, a Kentucky combo guard, likewise used the words “good vibes” to describe his encounter. So, although the Bulls don’t have a draught selection right now, they do have a lot of positive vibe meetings.
“It was cool,” said Wallace, whose on-ball defence has garnered comparisons to Milwaukee Bucks All-Star guard Jrue Holiday in the pre-draft process. “We had time to laugh and cry. Wonderful folks.”
Here are some more highlights from the combine’s first day of media availability:
—Smith Jr., an Arkansas guard with high offensive potential, claimed that he studied a portion of DeMar DeRozan’s game.
“His footwork is exceptional.” “I believe I can get my feet to where he is—not right now, but over time,” Smith Jr. remarked. “The way he can hit a jump shot with just one or two dribbles.” Everything from how he utilises his hands to ball placement is important. It has a Kobe (Bryant) feel about it.
Smith Jr. will work out at Klutch Sports Group’s Pro Day in Los Angeles on May 25, which the Bulls will be attending.
—Victor Wembanyama will not be attending the combine since he is wrapping off his professional season in France. However, the French teenage phenomenon loomed over the whole process, eliciting some curious answers from other top prospects regarding his projected No. 1 pick.
Scott Henderson, the second or third choice, cut off a question about Wembanyama having “an otherworldly talent.”
“I’m a worldly talent, too,” Henderson said.
Henderson presented his flowers to Wembanyama once the light laughing stopped.
“I think Wemby is a fantastic player.” Henderson described Wembanyama’s height and shooting skill as “7-whatever with a flamethrower.” “That says a lot about his ability to stretch the floor.”
“He’s a beast. I’d give him the No. 1 pick–7-5 with an 8-foot wingspan. “You can’t really beat that,” he remarked. “He’s a good guard. I don’t dismiss him. I admire him. “I’d love to meet him.”
Smith Jr. struck a similar competitive note as Henderson did.
“It’s the same as Brandon Miller or the guy across from me doing interviews.” I take the game as seriously as everyone else who goes onto the court. “I’m going to try to win the game if I play against him,” Smith Jr. said of Wembanyama. “That’s all there is to it.”
—Henderson emerged as a very composed and confident prospect, even discussing his desire to make a difference in whichever community he ends up in during his off-court time.
When asked which talent he thinks would most easily transfer to the NBA, he didn’t mention the quickness and playmaking that has scouts interested—and may solve the Bulls’ point guard problem if they can trade for a high lottery choice.
But his response spoke a lot.
“My dawg, and how fiercely competitive I am, and how I fear no one.” “I think that will definitely translate,” Henderson added. “However, I don’t mind that I’m young when I start.” I’m going to strive to build a name for myself and have an instant influence on winning for wherever I go.”