Will the Bulls trade their pick after taking BPA?
So, there is this rumor that the Bulls are shooting for #11 from New Jersey. Let's get creative with a quick mock because I am having a strong suspicion that after the Clippers at #1...
#2 - Tyreke Evans - I really think that this is a strong possibility. The Grizz have people (Steve Francis, Ricky Rubio) who are avoiding playing for the franchise. I don't see the "local boy" Tyreke Evans having any problem and according to a report on Minnesota's PG tryout (Flynn, Jennings, Evans, Lawson, Teague) Evans just tore it up making him a possible #2 if all his workouts go that well.
#3 - Rubio
#4 - Jrue
#5 - Thabeet
#6 - Jennings
#7 - Curry
#8 - DeRozan - maybe Flynn?
#9 - Hill - maybe Flynn?
#10 - Dejuan Blair
Look, I know that this is a bit of a stretch but I don't think it's outrageous either. I think that Thabeet dropping out of the Top 3 (possibly Rubio too) moves Hill down the BPA list for teams looking for big men. I also don't think that highly of Jrue Holiday but I read something about the Kings liking him. I think that Memphis coming out and making a statement with Evans could lead to some crazy maneuvers by teams looking for PG's because 3 would go in the Top 4. Curry is going to go pretty high as well. I don't see him slipping past #7...definitely not past New York at #8. I also think that Milwaukee is going to take Dejuan Blair (sorry PITTBulls, even though I give you the props for saying it for weeks now). Scott Skiles could give a shit about BPA or draft order (in my opinion he could give a shit) and I think that he REALLY likes what Blair could give him IMMEDIATELY in the absence of Charlie V.
This puts DeRozan, Harden or Hill in the Bulls laps, which is a stretch I know but entirely possible since so many teams are looking for a PG and this draft just so happens to have a bunch of them. Plus, it seems that the consensus #1 PG is...I don't know. Rubio? Probably, but I don't think that the rest of the guys at the PG position are separated by that much and not THAT far behind Rubio.
Now, if DeRozan, Harden, or Hill are all gone at #11 (which I don't think will happen) there will obviously be a PG sitting there (or 2) from the list I put above. Do you think that the Bulls would actually take one of these guys and use them for trade bait? You know, instead of moving Hinrich they would get the veteran help they need on the roster by trading away a rookie PG instead to a team that is in need? You know, the workouts that the Bulls had with Johnny Flynn kind of make me think that the Bulls are seeing what he can do in case they do draft him and can't move him. If they think that he could be a good player they can move Hinrich's hefty (sort of) contract or just hold on to both of them and wait until a Jameer Nelson type of situation comes up and trade him then.
It just seems like the more I look at this draft, the more a guy like Harden, Hill, or DeRozan (all of whom were nearly Top 7 locks last month) will fall and if they don't it seems like non-lottery teams will jump at the chance to slip in and take a PG. The one position that the Bulls DON'T need and this draft has an abundance of.
****On a side note, when making out our NBADraft.net mocks, do we put the player in the right spot or do we put the team that we think is going to draft him there. For example, if I think that Memphis is going to take Evans and Minnesota trades with them (maybe their 2 later 1st rounders) the Timberwolves' #6 for the Grizzlies' #2 so that Minnesota could snag Rubio (since Evans could VERY easily fall to #6 if Memphis doesn't take him #2) do I put Evans at #2 to Memphis and then Rubio #6 to Minnesota? Or, do I put a guy like Evans at #6 to Minnesota even though I don't think that he will be drafted by Minnesota at all? I am guessing that we are supposed to put the player in the proper draft spot but it looks strange putting guys together with teams where it isn't a good fit at all. I know that this seems like a no brainer for Memphis to trade down but they might have enough young talent and maybe they don't want to take a chance. Maybe they just feel like they want to be SURE they get their guy. I mean, Memphis can't afford to make a costly mistake like that!****
There is no way Harden slips down to the Bulls picking range, Derozan maybe. But I never understood why Evans wasn't rated higher myself in Mock drafts. The guy has the size and athleticism, he's coming out as a freshman so he has the upside, he was actually productive in college statistically and played both point and off guard at times showing his versatility...whats not to like? I personally think he's a better prospect than Harden and Derozan, so we shall see.
He's the PITTBULL in the paint they need and should draft.
He is clearly a better player than James Johnson.
I like Blair too but I don't see him falling to the Bulls and I don't think that they will be aggressive enough to go get him. I think that they could be aggressive to go get someone else with some more upside or somebody who falls for no seemingly good reason (like Harden) who shouldn't be anywhere near the Bulls range (not #16 but if they move up to possibly #11 he could fall pretty close #6-#9 range).
Dude you could put Hansborough in the stat comparison sheet and show he would "dominate" Blair too. James Johnson had 2 other NBA 1st round talents on his team eating up shots and rebounds and such. Your logic doesn't fly. We don't need undersized guys with no jump shots who are just going to clog the lane so Derrick can't operate in the lane. You put Noah and Blair on the floor, and the other team can play zone and camp in the lane all day. Plus Blair is too short to block shots (Johnson averaged more btw) I think he's a decent back up on a good team who can rebound and maybe get you 8 points a game. How many undersized players did the Lakers and Magic have playing in the finals? How many undersized guys did the Spurs have, or the Celtics, or the Pistons when they won it. None, hmm maybe there is something to that.
DeJuan Blair vs. Tyler Hansbrough
Blair had the overall better stats, especially when it comes to Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, and Turnovers. Although, I like Hansbrough too. However, I prefer DeJuan Blair for the Bulls.
If you look at your stat machine, you would see that Mark Madsen actually does have numbers similar to Hansborough and not too far from Blair...going by that I wouldn't take either. But all that stat stuff doesn't mean jack or take into consideration the individual's team and record, along with many other things. Both would be better then Madsen, I would hope, and if thats the case then you've got a wannabe John Hollinger stat analysis (who by the way was the one guy who had Rose ranked barely in the top ten in rookies most of the year according to his PER analysis and thought Brook Lopez with his 12 pts and 8 boards should have been the ROY...please anyone who watches basketball can tell you stats don't tell the story)
Blair led the nation in offensive rebounding. That has to say something about his DESIRE and INSTINCTS.
Whether they want them or not, however, they’re coming. This is a starting lineup likely to feature Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis, and Gustavo Ayon, with the top bench players being JJ Redick, Quentin Richardson, and Al Harrington. There are some vets on this team that have played in the postseason before, but without Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson—easily the team’s two best players last year—they look headed for the lottery.
“Work ethic. Defensive rebounds. Anchor the defense to be the kind of defensive player that helps my team get stops,” Smith said, referring to his strengths as a player. “Right now we’re second in the league in defense, and I want to be the kind of big man who can come in and keep that.”
The position he plays should also give him an extra bump because on a team full of forwards, the Rockets really don’t have much going on at the five behind Omer Asik.