Oregon’s Jordan Bell was selected by the Chicago Bills in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. He was the 38th overall pick from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday evening.
Joseph Young was the last Oregon basketball player to be drafted in 2015. He was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second round with the 43rd overall pick.
Chicago will certainly enjoy #ThingsJordanBellCouldBlock evolving over the next decade on Twitter. They are my personal team too, so I am beyond giddy.
Overall, the Ducks have NOW produced 48 NBA Draft selections all-time, including 11 first round selections. The Pac-12 (6) and the ACC (10) accounted for 53 percent of the first round selections.
The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year will be a welcomed addition to the —. They currently have a few openings on their active roster. Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez are by no means locked in the starting line-up. Bell can easily crack this unit for heavy minutes, trust me.
A lot could change over one NBA offseason, but the initial outlook is favorable for Bell to produce consistently.
Statistically, Bell averaged 10.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 1.8 APG and 1.3 SPG over the 2016-17 regular season at Oregon. Let’s not forget, he led the Pac-12 in shooting percentage at a ridiculous 63.8 percent during his junior campaign.
He left Oregon as the No. 1 shot-blocker (233) in program history and set the world on fire with a legendary postseason explosion.
His numbers during the 2017 NCAA Tournament were off the charts. Most people will notice someone posting 13.2 RPG, 12.6 PPG and 3.2 blocks per game during March Madness. Not to mention, he led the tournament in total rebounds with 66.
Yet, it was his magical 8-block performance against No. 1 Kansas in the Elite Eight that placed the Long Beach product on the map. You can watch highlights from that game at the bottom of this page.
Bell’s flexibility and versatility may be one of his best traits. Deciphering between the two would only hurt Bell. Oregon actually plays a slower defensive game and more uptempo offensive scheme. He can play in any system. In the current NBA, what is more valuable?
Prior to the draft, the Long Beach product worked out for the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers
Forget the comparisons and hyperbole, it’s time to go to work. Bell’s production on the floor will be the catalyst for all future comparisons. 10 years from now, college prospects could be saying they want to be the next Jordan Bell. Only time will tell that story.
We wish Jordan nothing but the best at the next level! It was a privilege watching him.
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