The phrase “positionless basketball” seems to apply to every spot but point guard, leaving many to believe Trae Young and Collin Sexton are unlikely choices for the Bulls.
But they have no such trepidation with taking either player, sources tell NBCSportsChicago.com. The Bulls appear enamored with Young and are high on Sexton and aren’t worried about how it would affect Kris Dunn’s development in the near future.
Young was a dynamo in his lone season at Oklahoma, drawing comparisons to Stephen Curry for his shooting range and even Steve Nash for his playmaking ability. He launched triples as if they were going out of style and was must-see-TV for the better part of the college season, before struggling in the last two months.
Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists for Oklahoma, shooting 36 percent from 3 while taking over 10 triples per game.
Oklahoma’s struggles were largely pinned on Young, but the Bulls believe he’ll be better in a pro setting where all of the defensive attention doesn’t fall on him, that he’s best-suited with good players around him where his court vision and creativeness will be on full display.
Young’s shooting is an element the Bulls don’t have at point guard with Kris Dunn, who cemented himself as a bonafide option early in the season and never looked back. Dunn was making strides before he was shut down, shooting 38 percent in March but shot 32 percent for the season.
The scouting report on Dunn is to give him the long jumper as opposed to crowding him on the perimeter, where he can use his quickness to explode to the basket and compromise defenses.
Having Young on the floor with Dunn, or even Sexton, would give the Bulls multiple ballhandlers and shot creators while also giving Dunn the opportunity to play off the ball more.
Taking that burden from Dunn was something the Bulls were going to have to negotiate next season, as Zach LaVine has the ability to create shots on his own. If the Bulls take a guard and expect him to contribute immediately, LaVine would have to slide down and play small forward in some instances.
Sexton isn’t the shooter Young is—nobody in this draft is—but he’s plenty explosive and the Bulls appear to like that about him. Sexton is bigger than Young, at 6-foot-3, long and wiry, although it looks like he can add bulk to his 190-pound frame.
Sexton can get to the rim as quick as anyone in college basketball and had little trouble finishing once he got there. At Alabama he was more of a scorer than distributor but still possessed the ability to create for his teammates.
With Dunn and LaVine on the roster, he would be able to develop at his own pace while bringing his open-court explosiveness in Fred Hoiberg’s pace-structured offense.
The Bulls have long said they would take the best player in the draft and their lack of fear in evaluating the likes of Young and Sexton could be proof of that.