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.
Jonathan Holmes, F, Texas
6'9" | 242 lbs. | 22 years old
10.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.3 3-pointers, 38.9 FG%, 26.1 minutes
"I can be an every day guy. Effort and energy are the things I can control. Bring it in practice and bring it games. Be a good locker room guy and somebody they can count on. Being able to guard anybody on the court helps my draft stock a lot. It gives myself more versatility."
Fit for the Bulls:
The Bulls don't have a second-round pick, but if they get back into it Holmes would make for an intriguing fit. This Bulls frontcourt is led by a pair of 30+-year-old bigs in Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, and while they have reinforcements behind them in Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic the Bulls could look to upgrade at Nazr Mohammed's spot. Holmes creates plenty of mismatches with an athletic inside presence and the ability to shoot from beyond the arc. He didn't light things up at Texas but a more spread out NBA game may help his talents more.
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.