As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 60 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit on the Bulls.
Olivier Hanlan, PG, Boston College
6'4" | 186 lbs. | 22 years old
19.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 3-pointers, 35.3 3FG%, 37.6 minutes
Second round to undrafted
"I was just ready for the next step. I was confident with my abilities to play on and off the ball, aggressive, and I see so many guys making that next step to the next level and I felt prepared for it."
Fit for the Bulls:
The Bulls do not have a second-round pick, but if they move back into it Hanlan is certainly an intriguing prospect. He has good length and height, can play both guard positions and had three solid years at Boston College in which he grew while dealing with two different coaching staffs. Kirk Hinrich likely will be back if he picks up his $3 million player option, but Fred Hoiberg will need to find a replacement for Aaronm Brooks. That guy could be Hanlan, who excelled with the Eagles playing against murderer's row in the ACC. He has excellent court vision, good range from beyond the arc and a quick first step.
Kevin Anderson is joined by SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell to talk Zach LaVine and the Bulls preseason.
0:55 - On Zach LaVine’s preseason and if he is the true star on this Bulls team
3:00 - What should we expect from LaVine this season?
4:45 - LaVine’s true ceiling is…
7:00 - Can LaVine be a top-3 scorer in the NBA?
9:15 - Concerns over Lauri Markkanen
12:40 - On the LaVine and Lauri 2-man game
15:50 - Ricky explains why he’s optimistic on the Bulls
17:25 - On Bulls depth and White vs. Dunn in rotation
21:15 - Expectations for Bulls win total this season
24:00 - Are Raptors likely to make the postseason?
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Bulls Talk Podcast
Zach LaVine is fed up with being underestimated and he’s going to do something about it. The Bulls guard has been having a strong pre-season so far but is looking to improve his skills as a two-way player.
“I’m just tired of people talking shit about my defense,” LaVine said. “I’ve always been a good on-ball defender. But there’s no reason I can be this good offensively and not be that on the defensive end.”
“I’m taking more pride in it,” he continued. “I’m pretty sure it’ll show. I’ll make sure of that.”
If you think LaVine sounds confident, he has good reason to be. Last season LaVine was one of only ten players to average at least 23 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, making him stand out as an elite player in the company of MVPs and All-Stars. LaVine’s personal triumphs, however, were overshadowed by the Bulls abysmal 22-60 record last season.
So far, this preseason LaVine has been looking better on defense, averaging 1.3 steals per game through three preseason games. Any improvements on defense will greatly help LaVine’s All-Star case.
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