Killian Hayes may be the poster child for what Artūras Karnišovas said on the draft lottery night where the Bulls moved from No. 7 to No. 4 for the Nov. 18 NBA draft.
“There’s going to be variations of opinion,” the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations said in August. “Some teams are going to look at that player at (No.) 4. Some teams are going to look at him at 18.”
One Eastern Conference executive, speaking on background to NBC Sports Chicago, didn’t have the French point guard in his lottery. An Eastern Conference scout listed the 6-foot-5-inch Hayes almost even with the more heralded LaMelo Ball, widely considered the top point guard prospect in the class.
Here’s what is unanimous about Hayes, who has played professionally in Germany: He’s a left-hand dominant player who may not wow you with his athleticism but seemingly gets to the spots he seeks on the floor.
Will he be able to do so at the NBA level? This is where the disparate opinions come into play.
Scoring-wise, Hayes leans more on floaters than jumpers and isn’t yet a strong catch-and-shoot guard. But he possesses tremendous court vision and, per a Malcolm Brogdon comp that one scout used, makes teammates better.
Is that enough to entice the Bulls?
There is widespread talk around the league that they are focused on finding a long-term solution at point guard, which would suggest Coby White playing off the ball more and Kris Dunn’s long-term future being elsewhere. But there's just as much talk that the Bulls are focused on other point guards, including a trade down target in Alabama's Kira Lewis Jr.