With the Chicago Bulls having ranked last in the NBA in points per game at 93.7, the team will have to look at the free agency market this summer in order to cure their scoring woes. Their other options would be to draft high-volume scorers in June.
It’s been reported by the Chicago Tribune that the Bulls met with several players during the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Of course, it’s not uncommon for teams to meet with players despite the draft being more than a month away, and with combine being in Chicago, Bulls GM Gar Forman doesn’t have to travel too far in order to properly evaluate these future rookies.
One of the players that the team met with is Duke‘s Rodney Hood. Hood, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, has great size for a small forward and averaged 16 points to go along with four rebounds for the Blue Devils. With his ability to score the ball, Hood is already drawing some comparison to Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay. Hood could be a decent replacement for Luol Deng, who the Bulls traded in January.
The Bulls also had discussions with Creighton‘s Doug McDermott. As a senior at Creighton, McDermott will come into the league more prepared than most other one-and-done rookies who have entered the draft. McDermott can also score the ball in bunches, and averaged nearly 27 points per game during his final season in college.
Similar to Hood, McDermott stands at 6-foot-8 and plays the small forward position. He’s already drawing some comparison to fellow Creighton alum Kyle Korver, as well as former NBA All-Star Wally Szczerbiak. McDermott would be a great fit in the Bulls’ lineup, but that would possibly mark the end of the Mike Dunleavy era in Chicago.
Other players that the Bulls also had meetings with include Kentucky‘s James Young and also UCLA‘s Jordan Adams. The Bulls currently own the Charlotte Bobcats‘ 16th pick, as well as their own at 19 of the first round. With two first-round picks just outside of the lottery, it will be interesting to see which players the team will decide to draft. However, they could also try to trade the picks in order to move up and draft a player such as McDermott.
Either way, it will be fun to see how the Bulls can add more scoring to their roster.