The NBA Draft came and went yesterday, and no Buffalo Bulls were selected. While this was not unexpected Bulls fans were holding out hope that perhaps CJ Massinburg would hear his name called. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but that isn’t the end of the UB seniors’ NBA dreams. Nick Perkins has already signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for summer league and ver the coming days many more un-drafted players will be scooped up on two-way contracts or with NBA Summer League opportunities. We took a look at the rosters of teams that the UB alums have worked out with to see where we thought each has the best chance of sticking with an NBA roster.
In my opinion, for any of the UB alums to stick in the NBA they have to land with a team that’s deficient in their most NBA ready skill. For CJ Buckets that’s clearly his shooting ability. Massinburg worked out for his hometown team, the Dallas Mavericks, whose players currently under contract shot 34.1% from 3 last season. That figure would have been good for 4th worst in the league last season. Massinburg can provide an immediate boost in perimeter shooting which is a clear path to the league in this era of basketball. P.S. we don’t think he’ll have any problems with moving back to the NBA 3-point line.
Bulls fans know that Dontay Caruthers’ biggest impact was typically on the defensive end, although his offensive game did come along this season. Caruthers is relentless on the defensive end, providing energy, and quickness in a sturdy frame. Caruthers will be most valuable to a team looking for defensive playmakers. With a turnover rate of just 12.7% the Los Angeles Clippers struggled making plays on the defensive end last season, which is likely why they brought in Caruthers for a workout. If Caruthers impressed in his workout he could have a shot at making a summer league roster with the Clippers.
Workout: Miami Heat
Coming into last basketball season, I was of the opinion that Jeremy Harris was the best NBA prospect on the Bulls roster. Harris possesses a combination of length, fluid athleticism, and shooting touch that is attractive to teams in the modern NBA. Unfortunately, Harris was not able to replicate his shooting success from ‘17-’18 in ‘18-’19 and his NBA stock dropped, only receiving one known workout with the Miami Heat. It’s unclear what caused Harris’ slump this past season but I believe in Harris’ ability to regain form in the future. If Harris gets a chance with the Heat or any team in the summer league, Harris could flash the form that he showed in ‘17-18’ versus future #1 pick DeAndre Ayton and stick with an NBA team.
Stay tuned throughout the summer as we will have coverage of the Bulls pursuing the NBA.