BJ Mullens: "I really luv the organization and the tradition. Rose is one of my fav pgs too."
I was able to reach Mullens through my buddy Carlos (Thank God Lo lo). He told me Derrick Rose is one of his favorite Point Guard's - you take from it what you want. I also was able to get a twitter feed from his page:
Sounds like he wants to be a Bull!
I wanted Austin Daye but this guys has grown on me. He seems rejuvenated and his skills complement Bulls biggest need - inside scoring.
Mullens. My prediction is he will go to Minnessota at 18. They have 2 quality bigs in Jefferson and Love that he could learn from. And by the time he is able to contribute, they will have a guy with size and length to protect the hoop, something neither Love or Jeferson provide.
I feel he's too soft to play in the NBA... I'll take Mullens over him... I really feel like he will be a bum in the league... Stealing money... Adam Morrison will be a better player than him... LOL...
With the 16th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select BJ Mullens, center, from The Ohio State University.
[cue Stuart Scott's lazy eye and a highlight package that includes all of Mullens's six good plays from the season when he was groomed to be the #1 pick]
If James Johnson is available, the Bulls should take him. Though, my friend, who's a Bulls fan, says there's not much of a difference between Johnson and Tyrus Thomas.
Bulls would be stupid to take Mullens. There are much better players that will be available at 16. Maybe if Mullens falls to pick 26 then the Bulls might should take a chance on him.
By the way James Johnson and Tyrus Thomas have very different games.
No team guarantees the #16 spot, sorry all you Mullens fans. For the last time, MULLENS DOES NOT FIT THE CULTURE THE BULLS ARE TRYING TO BUILD THERE. He's Eddy Curry all over again. Blair is more there type of guy.
PiTTBulls is you okay? Blair isn't a player you draft. They would do better siging Brandon Bass, Landry, or Baby Davis. I think Joey Dorsey will be better than Blair. Mullens is seven feet with a rare skill-set. I never saw someone with his skill-set be threaten to the mid first round. This is the same guy whom Chad Ford said would go 1st overall last year. By the way, the page isn't a facade.
...in other words, lots of potential, but no heart or passions to reach it. Blair on the otherhand, fights for every rebound and point despite his size. He has plenty of game, heart and passion.
There's a difference between being an ATHLETE (Mullens) and being a BASKETBALL PLAYER (Blair).
Bulls should find a way to bring Blair to their team!!!
The Bulls should definitely think about signing Big Baby.
Joey Dorsey will not be better than Blair. Last time I check Dorsey had trouble scoring 2 points with nobody guarding him.
Mullens is whack. Dude is that tall and athletic but couldn't even start in college. What a joke of a prospect.
Yeah. I'll be honest I only saw like 2 of his games this year, but dude was absolutley getting pushed around by college kids. He had zero post moves other then the basic stuff that won't get it done in the league when you can't hold your own ground. Basically, he's 7 feet and can run and jump. I think the Bakersfield Jam just got a new backup for next year.
Bulls dont need Blair lol He wouldnt cure any of the problems we have right now, what are you talking about? The Bulls need to draft BJ Mullens....we need a bigman! Did Mullens actaully say that about Rose and the organization? Where did you hear that?
I would lover for the Bulls to get Mullens. He could be the scorer to Noah Defense and he is big enough to play center and quick enough and can shoot good enough to be a power forward. Rose is young and Miller has one year left so Mullens should be able to contribute in some form in 2 years so you only have to deal with one year of him making a lot of mistake and the first year he can learn behind Miller and Noah. Blair is not the player that the Bulls need. I thought maybe at one point then realized that maybe it was not the right move. there are better young bigs that you could get from a team then Blair who does not have much upside to me. Mullens has upside and if he can be like Chandler at worst than Bulls have a steal at 16.
They don't need Mullens they need Blair. How many times did Ray Allen stick a jumper because of the screens by BIG BABY and PERKINS? How many second-chance points did the Bulls give up because they couldn't get rebounds?
Mullens has NO HEART to go with his size. Blair has loads of HEART to go with his undersized frame. Clearly, you guys like POTENTIAL over HEART and ABILITY. That's a MISTAKE!!!
The Bulls aren't guaranteeing Mullens anything because HE DOES NOT FIT THE CULTURE THEY ARE TRYING TO BUILD. Blair and TWILL are the two guys they are zero-ing in on.
If they want a scoring Big-man go after Bosh or Amar'e, not Mullens.
Sorry Mullens fans, but the Bulls WON'T BE DRAFTING THIS GUY. Again, he has NO HEART to go with all his POTENTIAL.
Sheltwon knows a great deal. Much Respect. Crazy enough, Bulls have too many role players in Deng, Thomas, Noah, Hinrich, seriously, Shall I go on? Blair at best will never crack at being a All-Star. Mullens on the other, he has Star potential that fills a void at Center on Bulls. He can score, and the only reason he got no play by Matta was because they didn't want him to leave after his freshy year. Oh yeah, the link is real because it's on his twitter. My buddy Lo Lo hook me up with the scoop. He seems like the athletic version of Rasho whom played on Spurs. Better yet, he'll be the non injury proned version of Chris Kaman. Rose will make him better, just like he'll make Rose better.
sorry Pitbull, you just don't pass on someone with his talent. You can sign someone like Blair through free agency, for god sake, why not sign Milsap. You can't sign or trade for someone of Mullens caliber on any given day. People were saying the same thing about Brook Lopez last year and he turned out great. I'm betting Riley wish he could of traded down and heisted Lopez.
you can develop heart in Mullens case. You can't grow 8 inches in Blair's case. Blair's game is based on power and playing under the basket, that almost sounds dido Tyrus Thomas, he just loves to jump. Bulls never had a player you could dump the ball into at Mullens size and expect scoring. He's not a energy or strength guy; he's a finesse Center.
Big baby would be a nice addition for Bulls. They will not draft Mullens. Only one center in their entire history was a threat to score.....Artis Gilmore. They will not change their offensive strategy and Mullens is a huge project. They want immediate help and Mullens doesn't do that. Having Rose feed the post will enable a center with less ability to look good, just like CP3 did for Tyson Chandler when he left the Bulls. BTW Chandler was and is completely different than Mullens.
They don't want or NEED him on their team. No, you can't teach HEART, you have to be born with it. Clearly he wasn't. If they want a scoring big-man than, I'm sure they will work on bringing in Chris Bosh or Amar'e Stoudemire via trade. Blair is the role playing BIG-MAN they need in this year's draft. Outside of that, they should be looking at TWILL and/or Sam Young. That's it...Mullens is NOT AN OPTION!!!
All college coaches from big-time programs know this is a one-and-done era. If Mullens was so good why didn't he play him, especially given the fact Oden, a top recruit and freshman center, led them to the Final Fours just a few years earlier? Matta knows the goal of college basketball is to make it to the FINAL FOUR, not keep a guy around for fours years. You get players to WIN NOW not later.
THAT EXCUSE HAS TO STOP!!!
Mullens wasn't that good and he didn't understand 5 on 5 basketball at the college level, that is was why he didn't play, not because of Thad Matta.
I have to agree with PITTBulls. Ilchi is dead wrong here.
When you go after a top 5 recruit, you have to assume that there is a high likelihood that he may leave after a single year. If he is a big, that likelihood only increases because no NBA team can have enough size. That's why Saer Sene got drafted 10th (also, because the Sonics' front office were doing the cheebah). Matta did not play him very much simply because he did not play very well and lacked basketball IQ. If I had anyone on my team who had 1 assist for every 5.7 turnovers, I would have to find a great cardiologist. His 64% clip from the field is the only attractive statistical point of his game, beyond his height, weight and aforementioned upside.
I would definitely go after DeJuan Blair if he's available at 16 (IMO, he should go lottery), even if he lacks a game outside of 8 feet. Mullens averaged 4.7 rpg in 20.3 minutes while Blair averaged 12.3 rpg in 27.3 minutes. To boot, Blair averaged more offensive rebounds (5.6) than Mullens does.
Also, Millsap is not a real option. The Bulls aren't huge fans of paying the luxury tax, and they will have to clear some cap just to re-sign Ben Gordon. If Gordon signs elsewhere, then we have a conversation; however, the Bulls would then be motivated to go after Bosh or Amar'e.
Thank you PITTBulls for putting it on the money. Hey, think about his freshman year at Ohio State.
1. He only played about half the time.
2. He was never in the game during crunch time.
3. He averaged slightly more than 8 ppg, almost all of those on uncontested dunks.
4. He averaged slightly more than 4 rpg.
Those aren't the kind of numbers that merit a first round draft choice.
I don't know whether to laugh or cringe when NBADraft. net compares him with C. Kaman.
K. Kaman is a polished offensive weapon with a wide array of nifty moves.
Mullens has no offensive moves period. The only thing he can do is dunk.
K. Kaman is a bit of a stiff, he certainly isn't athletic.
Mullens is an excellent leaper, very agile for a 7 footer, and an excellent overall athlete.
Other than the fact that they're two 7 foot white guys who play the center position, I can't find anything similar about their games. So why did NBADraft.net compare Mullens with Kaman?
If this isn't Kaman-like then I don't know what is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vef5G3zTPns
BJ Mullens won't contribute is first year probably, but, Blair won't make a difference his first year too. Bulls have enough role players. It don't make sense to add another one when you have a guy that offers your need at the Center spot. Noah is better off served at Power Forward which makes Tyrus Thomas expandable. Don't make sense to add a 6'6'' Power Forward that has bad knees and can shoot the ball if his life depended on it. Like I said, if you want that component on your roster, you draft Mullens then sign Brandon Bass or some other undersized Power Forward. It's call maximizing your options. Watch and see, come year three, Mullens will be making a difference while Blair still be putting up his rookie numbers - it's call knowing what you're going to get.
ilchi90, I have to give you credit, that was an excellent video of what Mullens can do if and when he learns how to play the game. Unfortunately that type of move was extremely rare, otherwise he would have played far more than 20 minutes per game. Potential is often a fleeting glimpse of what someone could do if and when he dedicates himself to being great. The key words are "fleeting glimpse".
The fact is that Mullens was completely lost out on the court. He literally had no clue both on offense and defense. Now is that a criminal offense? Of course not, he was only a freshman. We as a culture are spoiled, we always want instantaneous results and it ain't gonna happen very often.
The big problem with Mullens, and where I think your argument is flawed, is the fact that he didn't return to school like Cole Aldrich did at Kansas. Aldrich went from a nothing freshman season to a very good sophomore year. And he was smart enough to return for his junior year. Next year he will have an excellent shot at being a lottery pick.
Why is your argument flawed? Because if Mullens stayed in school, he would be the focus of the program and they would give him all of the coaching he needs to improve. Then it would be up to him. However, in the NBA, you're just one more guy on a 12 man team who's supposed to be a professional from day one. They literally don't have the time to devote to teaching fundamentals that a college coach has.
As for D. Blair, he's a fantastic rebounder. You can't win without the ball, every coach says rebounding and defense wins games. Give me a superior rebounder any day of the week.