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.
Andrew Harrison, G, Kentucky
6'5" | 213 lbs. | 20 years old
9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 38.3 3FG%, 25.5 minutes
"I just want to be on the best team with the best opportunity for myself. I just felt like I was ready. I felt like I accomplished the college game and I matured over the two years. I think I was ready and that I was the best point guard in the draft."
Fit for the Bulls:
The Bulls don't have a second-round pick in this year's draft, and Harrison isn't an option at No. 22. If the Bulls were to get back into the second round, Harrison certainly would fill a need. The starting point guard on last year's historic Kentucky team, Harrison has excellent size, distributes out of the pick and roll well and has an improving 3-point shot. Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks simply didn't get the job done behind Derrick Rose, especially late in the season and into the playoffs. They need to upgrade behind Derrick Rose, and while the last Kentucky point guard the Bulls drafted didn't work out so well (Marquis Teague) Harrison is an intriguing prospect on the second unit.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?
It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.
"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.
"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."
Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it.
“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’
LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.