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Mock Draft roundup: Experts weigh in on Bulls' options at No. 4

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For the first time since 2008, the Bulls transcended their pre-lotto slot at the NBA Draft Lottery Thursday, cashing in on 8.5 percent odds to move from No. 7 to No. 4.

That opens up a world of possibilities for Artūras Karnišovas and a fresh-faced front office regime. Could they look to inject some athleticism and all-around scoring punch with Dayton’s Obi Toppin? Take a star swing at the preternaturally gifted LaMelo Ball? Dip into the international pool with versatile point forward Deni Avdija or the silky-smooth southpaw Killian Hayes?

Or, might Karnišovas and Co. consider trading down from the spot in an asset-stack play? Maybe try to move up if they get the sense the apple of their eye might be plucked out from under them?

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During a post-lottery conference call, Karnišovas expressed excitement for the jump in pick position, but left ambiguous how the Bulls will play his first draft as executive vice president of basketball operations. In his seven seasons in the Denver Nuggets front office, the highest the team picked was seventh, twice, grabbing Jamal Murray in 2017 and Emmanuel Mudiay in 2015.

Karnišovas did make one thing clear, though, as it pertains to his draft philosophy.

“I don’t think you address needs at the 4. You get the best talent,” Karnišovas said. “That’s what we’re going to be looking for with the highest upside player.”

In the wake of the lottery, a wave of Mock Drafts came out across the interwebs. Here’s who analysts across the media sphere have the Bulls taking; 

Jonathan Givony, ESPN

No. 4: Obi Toppin, F, Dayton

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports

No. 4: Obi Toppin, F, Dayton

Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report

No. 4: Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Tyler Byrum/Chase Hughes, NBC Sports Washington

No. 4: Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Sam Vecenie, The Athletic

No. 4: Isaac Okoro, G/F, Auburn

No. 44: Jordan Nwora, F, Louisville

Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation

No. 4: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

Tankathon

No. 4: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

NBADraft.net

No. 4: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

No. 44: Malachi Flynn, G, San Diego State

James Ham, NBC Sports Bay Area

No. 4: LaMelo Ball, G, Illawarra Hawks

A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports Boston

No. 4: LaMelo Ball, G, Illawarra Hawks

Krysten Peek, Yahoo! Sports

No. 4: Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State

And check out NBC Sports Chicago’s latest mock, which has the Bulls taking Avdija. We also broke down 10 possible prospects for the Bulls at No. 4.