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NBA Draft Profile: UC-Santa Barbara F Alan Williams

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NBA Draft Profile: UC-Santa Barbara F Alan Williams

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.

Alan Williams, F, UC-Santa Barbara

6'8" | 261 lbs. | 22 years old

2014-15 stats:

17.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 45.6 field-goal percentage

Projection:

Undrafted

Quotable:

"Every team needs a guy that go in and bang and fight and scrap and rebound the basketball on the defensive end. And if I'm able to do that, I'll have a shot to make it in this thing. ... There's a select few that go out and do it at a high level. And even if that means not playing 48 minutes a night, it's going in there for spurts and bringing that energy off the bench and being able to motivate teammates and keep guys kind of on track. It's something very special for an organization, and I think all the great teams have one or two guys like that. If I can fit into that mold, then I'd be more than willing and happy to do that."

Fit for the Bulls:

Williams is one of those guys who flourished in a smaller conference, and though he didn't go up against the kind of opponents on a nightly basis that most NBA Draft prospects did, he's proved himself worthy of being in the conversation for a potential shot at being an NBA Draft pick. He averaged a double-double during his senior season, something even projected top-five picks can't claim, and he espoused his willingness to do just about anything to fit in on an NBA roster, something teams ought to appreciate. That being said, Williams might not be a target for a Bulls team that is flush with big men. Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic all demand a good deal of minutes — they're all taller than Williams, too — and there might not be too many for a rookie at either the power forward or center positions. But, Williams' projected status as an undrafted player could warrant the Bulls taking a low-risk chance and adding him as a potential depth piece.

Taj Gibson signed with Knicks to be closer to father recovering from heart transplant

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Taj Gibson signed with Knicks to be closer to father recovering from heart transplant

For as long as he's been in the league, Taj Gibson has been considered one of the ultimate good guys.

That reputation won't be diminished in the slightest considering his reasoning for signing with the New York Knicks this summer.

Many expected the Bulls to make a run at Gibson to back up Lauri Markkanen at power forward. But as it turns out, the Knicks were going to be difficult to beat as a landing spot.

Via Marc Berman of the New York Post, Gibson decided to return home - he grew up in Brooklyn - to be closer to his father who recently underwent a heart transplant.

Gibson said he spent a large portion of June - in the lead-up to free agency - in New York as his father awaited a new heart. Gibson agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Knicks on the first day of free agency, just a few weeks after Wilbert Gibson had successful surgery in June.

The entire article is worth a read, but let us also add an anecdote Gibson shared about one of the first calls he received from a familiar voice.

Gibson knew lots of winning in seven seasons in Chicago — mostly with ex-Knicks assistant Tom Thibodeau. A known taskmaster, Thibodeau brought Gibson to the T’Wolves and knew of Gibson’s dream to one day be a Knick.

“Once I signed with New York, one of the first phone calls I got was from Thibs,” Gibson said. “That’s all we ever talked about throughout my time with Thibs — we always talked about New York.

“For it to finally happen, being able to say I was finally a New York Knick was a crazy feeling. We laughed for a minute. Then he was serious. He was like, ‘If anyone is capable of playing in New York, you’re a New York-style player.’ He knows me that I will play hard every night.”

Report: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah will work out for Los Angeles Lakers

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Report: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah will work out for Los Angeles Lakers

Buckle up, nostalgic Bulls fans of the 2010s. There's a chance Joakim Noah teams up with LeBron James.

That's according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Tuesday that the Lakers plan to work out Noah - along with two other centers - as they search for replacements for the injured DeMarcus Cousins.

As much as it will pain Bulls fans to hear it, Noah makes the most sense of any players listed above. Howard has a bad back that limited him to nine games last season (and we all know about his first stint with the Lakers), Speights last played in the NBA with the Orlando Magic in 2018, and Gortat played sparingly (47 games, 16.0 minutes) for the Clippers last season.

Noah had a resurgence in Memphis last season, averaging 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in just 16.5 minutes. He'd obviously be an excellent locker-room presence and high-energy defender for a Lakers team that will need it. We also know that the fire in him hasn't run out. Just ask Devin Booker.

James and Noah have a long history of in-game scuffles, and while they undoubtedly have respect for one another, it'd be weird seeing the two team up in the same uniform.

Then again, James and Derrick Rose played together in Cleveland two seasons ago, so how much weirder can it really get?