First things first, the Bulls didn’t trade their second-round pick for cash considerations this season, so that’s a win in and of itself, right? (They couldn’t technically execute that kind of trade until free agency opened.) At the same time, Oregon big man Bol Bol was still on the board and the Bulls didn’t take him. Whatever.
Gafford was a First-Team All-SEC selection last season after averaging 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in his sophomore season as a Razorback. He’s athletic but limited because he doesn’t have shooting range and gets most of his offensive production on the boards and as a roll man.
The Bulls’ frontcourt is inundated with young big men. Gafford joins Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. as 22-and-unders in this frontcourt. Cristiano Felicio is still around and Robin Lopez or another veteran will likely be on the roster, so it’ll be interesting to see how head coach Jim Boylen divvies up the minutes next season.
Gafford joins North Carolina point guard Coby White (drafted No. 7 overall) as the newest members of the Chicago Bulls.
We’ll likely get to see both guys in action when NBA Summer League starts on July 5 in Las Vegas.