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LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 26: Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 64-59 during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional at KFC YUM! Center on March 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

If the Bulls draft Mikal Bridges with their # 7 pick, would they just bee settling for filling a position of need?

Raise your hands if Mikal Bridges is your top choice for the Bulls when they draft #7 on June 21st.  If you did you’re probably alone.  More notable names like Michael Porter Jr., Wendell Carter, and Mo Bamba have teams and their fans hoping one falls to them.

That all makes since seeing as how Bridges wasn’t even the best player on his team.  That  notoriety went to collegiate player of the year Jaylen Brunson.  Bridges also wasn’t the most dynamic and or clutch player on his squad.  Those traits were reserved for the uber athletic Donte DiVincenzo whose play landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

But Bridges will likely hear his name called before both of his teammates come June 21st.  And the Bulls wouldn’t regret making him their top draft choice.

By then, the Bulls would have done their due diligence and study of Bridges growth as a player.  Entering as a rail thin freshman too overwhelmed to play against the varsity squad to turning into the prototypical modern NBA wing is no easy feat.  And yet that is exactly the place that Bridges has placed himself in.

But what truly stands out for Bridges, other than his 7’s wingspan, 43.5 3 point shooting accuracy, and 91 percent free throw shooting is his versatility.  Bridges often defended four positions in college.  He is seen as a five-position defender in a league that has shifted away from traditional centers.

Bridges is the kind of player that HOF coaches in today’s league stress are needed to win a championship.

Rangy, 6’7 to 6’9 guys that can defend.

So raise your hand now if your team’s No. 1 position priority is a versatile 3 and D wing-man. If that’s the case Bridges is the main prize.

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