Bulls Sign Patrick Williams To Rookie Deal, Devon Dotson To Two-Way

Bulls rookies Patrick Williams and Devon Dotson have inked their new deals with the club, per the NBA’s official transactions log.

Unless the No. 4 pick out of FSU accepts a deal worth less than the maximum allowable 120% of the rookie scale, Williams will earn $7,068,360 in his rookie year and about $32.1MM over the first four years of his NBA career. A full list of anticipated rookie scale salary figures is viewable here.

The 6’8″ Williams is viewed as an athletic, defensive-oriented forward with room to grow on offense as a long-distance shooting threat. His physical attributes (he has a 7′ wingspan) and tantalizing upside saw him vault into the lottery conversation relatively late this season.

Williams will compete with incumbent starter Lauri Markkanen for minutes at power forward, the No. 4 pick’s most natural positional fit. Ahead of the draft, Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer hailed the ascendant Williams as potentially being one of the biggest steals this year.

As was previously reported, Dotson signed a two-way deal with Chicago. The 6’2″ point guard, who went undrafted this year, will join the team in training camp and compete for a roster slot, though as a two-way player he may log significant time for Chicago’s G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls in Hoffman Estates.

For Kansas last season, Dotson averaged 18.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 4.0 APG with 2.1 SPG. Dotson was John Hollinger of The Athletic‘s highest-rated undrafted player, and was actually listed at No. 15 overall in Hollinger’s pre-draft rankings. Williams, meanwhile, was No. 14.

Dotson’s biggest assets are his scoring and his speed. At the NBA Draft combine earlier in November, he recorded the second-fastest three-quarter-court sprint of the past ten years at 3.02 seconds, per CJ Moore of The Athletic. 2019 lottery pick Coby White and veteran Tomas Satoransky currently project to play the lion’s share of minutes at the point for the Bulls.

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8 thoughts on “Bulls Sign Patrick Williams To Rookie Deal, Devon Dotson To Two-Way

  1. parx

    Dotson is goin to make the team and play a role as a depth PG I’m guessing, and I’ve been thinkin, Patrick Williams actually is not a garpax type pick, they picked high floor low ceiling players whereas Patrick Williams in the opposite, I apologize for my rude words about AK, this is a different move

  2. thebare54

    I heard he never was a starter for Florida State not a basketball school and he’s a lottery pick for the new Bulls omg I’m wide eye about that pick wTF is management thinking a 14 & 115 why ??

  3. thebare54

    Why a non starter at a non basketball school why WHY Why WTF hope he prove everyone wrong. I

  4. nentwigs

    With his signed contract, Devon is now positioned to accomplish an unfulfilled goal that he has harbored for many years; changing his last name to NISSAN !!

  5. Williams was the smart pick at #4, and, for AK, I’m sure not a particularly difficult one. There were at least two (probably three) lottery teams that were trying to trade up to #5 to get him if the Bulls went in another direction.

  6. anthonyd4412

    The Williams pick reminds me too much of the Tyrus Thomas pick. Hoping I’m wrong

    • Could turn out the same, or different. Odds get better based on who makes the pick. AK ran Denver’s drafts since 2014, and has a pretty good track record. Never had a pick this high though.

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