As we inch closer to the NBA draft, there are a lot of possibilities. Not just with the Bulls, but with a couple of other teams. Will Boston trade the No. 1 overall pick? Will Lonzo Ball land in LA? Is Jimmy Butler going to be moved.?A lot of questions that will be answered on June 22.
From my understanding and from Butler’s meeting with the Bulls last week, it appears Butler is not going to be moved. John Paxson expressed in the end of year press conference that “we value Jimmy.” Of course the team will listen to offers but unless they are blown away by one, Butler appears to be staying in a Bulls uniform.
The Bulls own the 16th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. This draft class is very deep with plenty of athletes with a lot of upside. There will be a wide selection of prospects for the Bulls to take at sixteen that can impact the roster from day one. And one of them is Harry Giles.
Giles, No. 1 prospect on ESPN top 100 class of 2016, endured a tough year at Duke. The former Blue Devil has suffered multiple knee injuries, two torn ACL’s and a MCL tear before graduating high school. So how did he land being the top prospect in the 2016 recruiting class? First, hes 6-10 230 pounds and his athleticism was off the charts. Next, his talent puts him in the category of one of the best players in this draft class.
Yes, the last thing the Bulls need is a player who has an injury history, but according to reports, Giles workouts are going well. Also, Giles spoke with the media on June 8th after working out for the Portland Trailblazers and said he is “100 %” healthy.
One of the Bulls biggest needs is a big man. After the departure of Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, the Bulls have had trouble finding a consistent big man, besides Robin Lopez. Their young players have gone through spurts of what they can do in the league but have had trouble stringing consistent games together. Cristiano Felicio is a great pick and roll player and a aggressive rebounder but lacks a post game and shooting ability. Bobby Portis has failed to be consistent player for the Bulls on both ends of the floor. He has the ability to be a great player but needs to bring it every night. And Joffrey Lauvergne is still a question mark because neither the staff or fan base has seen enough of him.
With all that said, the priority for the Bulls should be to go a athletic, skilled big in the first round. And Giles fits both those categories. He can play both the “stretch 4” and C due to his versatility and ability to shoot from long range. I think Giles could be a role player right away and work his way into starting for the Bulls.
He runs the floor well for a big man and is active on the glass … Shows a lot of physicality in the post and doesn’t shy away from contact on defense … Takes contact in the chest, isn’t easily moved off of his spots and is an above average rim protector … Moves his feet extremely well and has really good lateral quickness for a big man … Can play both the PF and C positions in the NBA from a defensive standpoint and while he is a work in progress on the offensive end, he has exhibited an ability to use a variety of post moves to score in the paint … Before his injury, he excelled in a face up game from about 15 feet and used his superior quickness, length and athleticism to get to the rim and finish with a purpose- NBAdraft.net player profile on Giles
The Bulls could go SG/SF at No.16 as this draft is full of them, but if they are looking toward development and the future, Giles is the guy. Again, he’s said to be the most skilled big man in this draft class and has the upside to be a great NBA player. And with John Paxson and Gar Forman potentially being on the hot seat, Giles could be the player to save their job.