CHICAGO (HOI) -- The Chicago Bulls have selected Patrick Williams with the fourth overall pick in the NBA Draft. Williams is a 6'8" forward from Florida State University, who plays great defense and has prototypical size and athleticism for the modern NBA forward.
Williams is the second youngest player in the 2020 draft, after playing only one season at Florida State. He played in 29 games with no starts, averaging 9.2 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 1.0 assists per game in 22.5 minutes per game.
While Williams' strengths point to being an athletic high-flying forward that can defend four positions, his biggest weakness is likely shooting the basketball. He shot only 32% from three-point range at Florida State.
"You can talk about everything else, but it's all about who gonna get in that gym and who gonna grind. I think that's got me to this point for sure, just never giving up and always being in the gym," said Williams after being drafted.
The Bulls, in their first year with Artūras Karnišovas and Marc Eversley as the lead front office executives, were considered a wild card in this years draft. With the consensus top three players in the draft being Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, and LaMelo Ball, who all went 1-3 respectively, no one knew what the Bulls were going to do and how it would affect the rest of the teams draft hopes.
Chicago had been rumored to be looking to move up and down in the draft, but decided to stay put and draft Williams.
The 2020-21 Bulls starting lineup could feature players all age 25 or younger with Coby White (20), Zach LaVine (25), Patrick Williams (19), Lauri Markkanen (23), and Wendell Carter Jr. (21).
The Bulls also selected Marko Simonović with the 14th pick in the 2nd Round (44th overall). Simonović is a mobile big man from Montenegro, who played for Mega Soccerbet in Serbia.
At 21-years-old, Simonović has a nice offensive skill set for a 6'11" big man with stretch-four potential, but needs improvement on the defensive end.