Although the Warriors didn’t have a pick going into the 2017 NBA draft, they purchased the No. 38 selection from the Chicago Bulls to take Bell.
Per Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News, the move cost the team $3.5 million. As Zach Lowe of ESPN noted, this is the maximum allowable price for trades throughout the season, which indicates how excited the Warriors were to get their hands on the prospect.
Bell was also excited about where he landed.
“I think I’m in the best spot,” he said on 95.7 The Game following the draft, per Scott Gleeson of USA Today. “I think Markelle Fultz would rather be in my position that his.”
The Oregon product enters the next level with tons of upside as a 6’9″ forward with tons of athleticism who also runs the floor well. He averaged only 10.9 points per game as a junior last season, but his biggest contributions came on the defensive end, where he averaged 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
He also played a key role in the Ducks’ run to the Final Four, averaging 12.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in five NCAA tournament games, including four double-doubles.
The Warriors will now try to fit him into the rotation as they try to bring home their third NBA title in the last four years.
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