Who should the Bulls draft ?
The Bulls aren't going to be in the lottery, they also have starter caliber players in all their position other Sg. Rip Hamilton is still solid, but is somewhat injury prone and in his mid 30's. I'm not including the point, because Derrick Rose will be back and hopefully 100# percent healthy next season. So realistically who could they take in this upcoming draft that would be available and help ? The person that comes into mind and a logical move in my opinion is Tim Hardaway Jr. He isn't great at any one thing, but good at everything and doesn't have a weakness. A player I think he compares well to is Courtney Lee. He'll be a solid smart defender, good shooter and can handle the ball some.
They have Jimmy Butler. He is a very good defender, but doesn't have much of anything offensively. I kinda see him as Bruce Bowen/Thabo Sefolosha type of player without a jumpshot. Marco Belinelli is too flaky on both sides of the court for me.
I would love to see Kentavious Caldwellpope join the Bulls.... but i don't think he will drop that far.
Oladipo's likely out of their range now, so I'd be fine with a back up big. They need a 4th big.
THjr is just ok. I personally wouldn't take him in the first round. KCP has more potential and he looks like he's sorted out his shot selection... for now.
I'd be fine with any of: Dieng, Withey, Olynyk, KCP. If they can trade back and still land one of the first 2, I'd do that. If they're targeting a SG and KCP's not available, I'd trade back then too.
I personally don't think they'll draft a starting SG. Their starting SG is either on their roster already or will be acquired via trade.
Hmm maybe it's a pipedream but could Chicago possibly trade up in this draft by dangling charlottes first round pick to possibly snag a guy like Bazz or possibly BMac? It would be better for them to try and gauge the value of that pick instead of waiting until 2016 to get it.
If the Bulls are picking from 21 to 24 there should be an good player to pick from this year. I know they have Marquis Teague but if Trey Burke is there that's where I would go. Next like a few people stated I would choose Olynyk or Oladipo. Both are energy guys and would fit Thibs defensive principles. One thing about the move to a greater emphasis on metrics in basketball, is teams and fans are learning to appreciate energy bigs more. There not just the lovable hard workers that sometimes get lost on offense they once were, there seen as very efficient valuable assets. These guys are best case scenario and all are guys that will go ahead of were they are currently projected in most mocks by draft time. There is no real center behind Noah outside of Nazr Mohammad, on a one year deal, so a big will be needed even if they did this potential swap of Booz and Bargs. Bargs can't anchor a Thibs defense not even in small stretches. If Chi is trying to avoid the luxury tax, a center is the way to go, because they cost so much on the open market. Just ask the dumb a$$ GM's that keep giving Kwame Brown free money.
I would shy away from Hardaway Jr, his jumper doesn't seem like it would be consistent enough at NBA range to make up for his lack of ball handling as opposed to what we would view as good fits in Chi next to Rose like JJ Reddick and Korver. At least not for a few years. The more I think about it though he wouldn't be a bad fit. He could be a good defender in the League and his Dad was a Chicago kid. He has a good spot up J, but seems to blend in a lot (you can forget he's out there) and is streaky. Those are qualities that do actually mesh well with the old Rose. Withey is an option as is Caldwell Pope (who I never saw play a whole game so I going off highlights, stats and ranking, published opinions etc.).
What about Doug McDermott, a coaches son that has enough IQ to play for Thibs defense in a principled fashion. He can shoot and is a good passer. He can play the 2 on offense and the 3 on D with Jimmie Butler and gives Chi a potentially very cheap starter backcourt with Rose at the one him and Butler on the wings. He is going to be there and could end up as the best fit of all.
Again as a BCS (best case scenario), CJ Mcollum may fall because of the foot. His athleticism was always going to be questioned anyway, plus his lack of height as primarily a shooting guard. If he doesn't make it back or is sub par in the Tourney he would be a good option and a knock down shooter. Most of the late lottery teams he would be projected to go to need instant help and Phoenix, Dallas, Charlotte and Milwaukee (just draft Lamb) don't seem like good fits.
OKC drafted JLamb, not Milwaukee...
Oops, forgot about Doron, my bad :P
I'm hoping for a SG with their late 1st rounder, like KCP or Tim Hardaway Jr. I think either one of those guys could end up being a long term solution in the best case or a capable bench contributor, at the worst, at that position for the Bulls, despite being late 1st rounders. I think both have staying power in a position of the draft where many guys never pan out. They've made great picks in Butler and Teague the last two years, I think a young SG is a good way to go. Erik Green may also be in the mix, I think he could have a similar rise as John Jenkins did last season.
I hope they will get Alex Oriakhi or Kenny Kadji with their 2nd round pick. They need to upgrade from Nazr Mohammed, next season, and I feel both guys would give them a good option for a 2nd string center that would be able to make a roster.
Great comparison between Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. Their play styles really do emulate one another's.
At this point it doesn't seem like Oladipo will be available at their pick. If CJ Mccollum is available with their first round pick, I think he is worth the risk. Yes he's tweener, but when he's healthy he has the best range out of anyone in this draft and I'm convinced he can operate effectively off the ball. Hardaway should be a safe pick but his jumper may not be on par. Otherwise Jeff Withey would be a great addition, personally I think he's really underrated and plays with a lot of energy.
Second round I think Michael Snaer may be a great piece for them, rock solid defensively and has proven time and again that he can hit the big shot.
I think Jeff Withey would be a good fit they need a good back up Center.
I honestly think Withey could be off the board by 20 or 21 if he finishes the year strong.