The Bulls continued to address their need for wing depth at Thursday night’s draft when they selected small forward Paul Zipser with the 48th overall pick.
Zipser is 6 feet 8 inches and hails from Heidelberg, Germany. His professional basketball career started in 2010 when he was a part of USC Heidelberg. He then played for FC Bayern Munich starting with the 2013-14 season, where he has been ever since. His first season with FC Bayern Munich was also the season his team won the German national championship.
This past season, in Eurocup play, he performed admirably; he averaged 8.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.5 minutes while shooting 50.9 percent overall and 47.4 percent on threes. In 10 Euroleague games this past season, however, Zipser’s play slipped; he averaged 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 15.2 minutes while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 27.8 percent on 3-pointers.
Earlier this month, Zipser participated in Adidas Eurocamp, and ESPN’s Chad Ford spoke highly of his performance there:
German forward Paul Zipser goes to the Bulls at 48. Played really well at the Adidas Eurocamp.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 24, 2016
Last year, Zipser played at the 2015 European Championship alongside Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki. Per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Zipser won’t play for the Bulls at Summer League due to a prior commitment with the German national team.
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