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During the Thibodeau era, several undersized reserve point guards like John Lucas III, Nate Robinson and D.J. Augustin have flourished in Chi-Town.
Using the 49th pick on Jahii Carson makes quite a bit of sense, as he could turn out to be the next not-so-tall guard to make an impact.
The 5’10”, former Arizona State star possesses elite speed and quickness, and serves as a solid scorer (18.6 points per game last season).
Like Nate Rob, Carson can truly jump out of the gym. At the draft combine, he tied Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown for the highest max vertical leap of 43.5”.
With Rose missing a bunch of games over the past few seasons, the United Center crowd hasn’t witnessed enough exciting highlights. The addition of Carson to the lineup, though, could change things in a hurry.
CSNChicago’s Aggrey Sam gave an accurate description of Carson’s game:
Possessing upper-echelon quickness, Carson is a handful off the dribble, with the ability to get into the lane at will and finish over defenders with either high-arcing floaters or by elevating over them with his tremendous athleticism, as he doesn’t shy away from contact and gets to the foul line frequently. He also excels at using ball screens and when he’s feeling it from the outside, Carson becomes a matchup nightmare. An excellent transition player, he is also a solid playmaker, attracting defensive attention and then finding open teammates, as well as being a great rebounder for both his size and position.
By drafting Carson, the Bulls may wind up with a second-round sleeper who could eventually become a great backup for Rose.