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RUMOR: Bulls think they could get the next Bam Adebayo with 1st round target

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The rebuilding Chicago Bulls are eyeing to snag former USC Trojan Onyeka Okongwu with the fourth pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. The young big man drew comparisons with another promising front liner in the league in Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo.

Via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports:

“Perhaps no player has created more predraft buzz and helped his standing than the 6-foot-9 USC product. There’s a reason for that beyond Okongwu’s youth, athleticism, and defensive instincts.”

“That reason is Bam Adebayo.”

Okongwu’s versatility is one reason why Chicago has really taken a shine on him. It allows him to play angles effectively in pick-and-roll coverage and switch onto smaller opponents. His long body frame along with his reported 7-2 wingspan was deemed fit in today’s modern NBA.

In addition, a scout told NBC Sports that the 19-year-old cager possesses a high motor and pursues offensive rebounds and lob dunks with purpose, similar to Adebayo. Apart from his athleticism, Okongwu needs to work on his game away from the rim and improve his shot to be able to stretch the floor for his team moving forward.

In his one-and-done campaign in the 2019-2020 season, the California native tallied norms of 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game, shooting on a 61.6% percentage from the field in 30.6 minutes of action through 28 appearances for USC. His stellar play eventually earned him a spot in the First-team All-Pac-12 and the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team last season.

Based on their pre-draft assessment, the Bulls are keen on grabbing Okongwu with their valuable pick. If he manages to remain on the boards after the top three picks, fans can expect the athletic big man to find his way to Windy City for the coming season.