In other good news, the Bulls will draft 17th

In my excitement over the Bulls win last night, I forgot to give the update on the other important Bulls news.   With Miami's win last night, they wrapped up the 5th seed over Milwaukee.   That means the Bucks will draft 17th [and transfer that pick to the Bulls].   If Miami had lost, the Bucks would have finished one slot higher giving the Bulls the 18th pick.

The pick swap option on the John Salmons trade was enough to have some fans screaming that Bulls management should be fired for all the value they lost us, well at the end of the day, the Bulls will move from 15th to the draft to 17th.   I'm good with that to ensure cap space in 2010, though with Salmons end of season play, I'm guessing he opts out of his contract anyway.

Still, no reason for the Bulls to gamble on that type of event happening or not happening.  They needed certainty.   They got it.   You don't miss out on the biggest FA class in the at least 10 years because you're scared to get a worse mid first round draft pick.   That's why those guys make the big bucks.

Start planning your draft boards Bulls fans, and in my case, I need to get my butt in gear when it comes to analyzing draft prospects.

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  • He sure seemed to me like Miami wanted that 6th Seed and not the 5th Seed.

    They rested Wade, O'Neal and Haslem vs. the New Jersey Nets yesterday.

    Let's hope the Bulls can find a strong JUMPER SHOOTER or COMPLETE SG with that pick.

    - James Anderson
    - Xavier Henry
    - Quincy Pondexter

    Those 3 seem the most logical with LaceDarious Dunn also an option, if he comes out.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Didn't Jrue Holiday go 17 or 18 last year, after we took James "Dickey" Johnson at 16.

  • So the Bulls aren't picking 11th, like you had practically guaranteed a few weeks back? Doug, Doug, Doug...

    And you owe me $1 since the Bulls made the playoffs.

    You're welcome.

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    Anybody know if E'twan Moore is entering the draft this year? He's a big game guard who can hit from pretty much anywhere on the floor. I'd take him over even Henry at this point.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    He plays for Purdue, right? I think he declared without an agent.

    I'm happy we got the 17th pick. If Miami and Milwaukee had ended up tying, Milwaukee would've had the better seed due to tiebreaker but they would've shared the same record so draft position would've come down to a coin flip. So techincally, we still could've picked 17th but now we're assured of it.

    The early prospects I really like are the obvious ones: James Anderson, Xavier Henry, Paul George, or trading the pick possibly for a player like Rudy Fernandez. There are also a lot of good second round prospects I'd love for the Bulls to buy some picks for: a big PG/combo guard like Alexy Shved or Mikhail Torrance would be a great longterm prospect to add to the squad, and there are some bruisers (the Belorussian from Radford, Art Parakhousi sp? comes immediately to mind) who could be a bigger Chris Richards as a deep reserve big.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Get on the E'Twaun Moore bandwagon.

    Sadly, I think he goes back for his Senior season.

    He can play though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-uQg217Lic

    * Don't forget he was 1st Team All BIG TEN and he did outdual Eric Gordon, now of the Clippers, in the Indiana State High School Final a few years back.

    * He was also the 24th BEST PLAYER coming out of High School the same year Rose, Beasley, Love and the rest of those guys entered college.

  • Im pretty sure it was a dollar : )
    But I'm not going to bet on it......

  • In reply to Vohaul79:

    It was something along the lines of "I normally don't bet money, esp. on blogs with people I don't know / have no way of collecting on, but I'll take your bet...you'll just have to remind me later because I will inevitably forget..."

    Why I remember this Im not sure...Id take the dollar of an act of humiliation myself :)

  • JORDAN CONGRATULATES BULLS:

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/65987/20100415/jordan_offers_playoff_congratulations_in_chicago_locker_room/#

    That's a classy move on his part.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I was actually really pleased to see he still had some love for the bulls (and why shouldn't he?).

    Knowing how competative MJ is, I was actually worried he'd demand to break it off in the Bulls. Then afterwords, when the paranoia of losing leaves, you have to think, yeah, he loves the bulls, has friends int the org. and wouldnt want the city of chicago being peeved with him for needlessly knocking them out of the playoffs.

    Big props to bulls for winning 3 games against better record teams to force out the Raptors..What a roller coaster ride this team has been the last 2 years...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Is the 2007 High School Senior Class the best class ever?

    http://www.draftexpress.com/RSCI/2007/

    It has to be up there.

    * Derrick Rose #5, Evan Turner #53 and E'Twaun Moore is #24 among others.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Let me be the first one to say that the Bulls should take a very long look at JORDAN CRAWFORD. This guy would be the perfect fit to run with D-Rose. He has the perfect game and he is a slasher, can finish on the fast break, and can create his own shot. I know a lot of people will say that he is young and he is, (sophomore) coming out of college, but this guy has the most talent in the draft, I mean raw talent. All of these other prospects that are mentioned who maybe the best fit for the Bulls have flaws that I think would have to worked with and they would not be able to contribute to the Bulls right away. JORDAN CRAWFORD on the other hand would not only be ready to contribute right away but this guy has the potential to be one of the top two players on the Bulls. In other words the Bulls would definitely have another dynamic duo to turn to. There will never be another Jordan and Pippin but I feel like a Rose and Crawford would be a nice second tandem. So lets remember the name JORDAN CRAWFORD!!!! JORDAN CRAWFORD!!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I agree, I really liked what I saw out of him during the tournament. I am not a college expert but so far he is one of my top choices

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Doug, I'm curious if you share the same view as me for this draft. I feel whoever they draft will be a strong indicator who we go after in free agency. If we are drafting a big man with our 1st, watch out for some Joe Johnson.

    The only way I see this not happening is if there is a can't miss big man who drops and all the good SGs are taken. Although I don't see this happening.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Bulls get me the best player available....i dont care what position.

    What we need to do is buy a 2nd rounder this year. With so many players entering the draft this year...(hopefully they stay in) we can still grab a couple solid rotation players in the 2nd round. You guys should check out Renardo Sidney. Big time recruit that had some kind of problems with paying for school. But in the 2nd, to get that kind of talent is great for your buck. Plus you might be able to grab a guy like Lance Stephenson possibly or Jarvis Varnado or Craig Brackins. Were gonna have 4-5 players next year that are pretty much D Leaguers, might as well get some talent in the draft.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Trading up for Xavier Henry would be a good move too. Maybe our pick and James Johnson could move up enough spots to get it done.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I can see the headlines now - JORDAN BACK IN CHICAGO

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm too elated with the Bulls playoff excitement if they can just play well(especially D-Rose), and win one(or steal two) to spend much time right now on the draft.

    But right now my top guys based on who might be available would be: 1)Dominique Jones(his athleticism is underrated as his rebounding totals in the Big East are Wade like, and though he's not the shooter Marcus Thornton is, he's a can't miss scorer in the NBA though only probably 6'3.75 or.5 in shoes). 2)Luke Babbitt(yes, an American born white guy ala Adam Morrisson. Difference is this guy scores with ease in the lane, hits shots consistently while moving laterally, and has exceptional scores in rebounding/athleticism from the get go. Plus good, competitive attitude. He will hopefully bulk up enough to play some four though only 6'8 because defenisvely he will be too laterally slow to defend wings with any success. But his offensive skills are freakish for any dude white or black). 2)b would be Ekpe Udoh( legit 6'11 shot blocker rebounding stud with definable post skill and handles the rock in a face up game to be at min. an excellent sixth or seventh man/big off the bench plus solid attitude/presence). 3)I'd like to go with James Anderson, but he will be gone by 17 most likely, and not being mean but you don't see too many successes with the muted speaking skills and blase persona he displays plus his right hand might not as well exist handling the ball). Still, if they did take James I'd be intrigued/hope for the best. My choice though Elliot Williams(lock down freak defensively shoots the three well, and athleticism that enabled him to take his last dribble outside the three point line, and dunk). Consolation prize: Paul George, and second round Art Parakhouski provided his lateral quicks are not Aaron Gray like.

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