Kevin States kicks off Bulls Confidential's 2010 NBA Draft Coverage

I'm still struggling to find time to give you all the draft coverage that you deserve, so Kevin States is going to step up to the plate and help me out.  Kevin's an expert in NCAA hoops, and has followed it all season long and will write in depth about the entire draft.  The following is his introduction to the 2010 NBA draft where he'll be covering prospects on a daily basis.

--Doug

The 2010 NBA Draft has two for-sure franchise type players
in John Wall and Evan Turner, and a possible perennial All-Star in DeMarcus
Cousins if he can behave and stay motivated. 
After the top three players, the draft is loaded with several guys that
are very skilled or very talented on one side of the ball or one skill that is in high demand. 

Last year, the draft was
loaded with point guards and playmakers while this year is more geared towards
skilled power forwards, shot blocking athletic big men, wings/guards that
can shoot, and raw athletic wings. 

While this might be only a three-player draft
in terms of dominant players, it is a very deep draft in which all teams in the
first round should be getting a player that can help in one skill on either
defense or offense. 

On nearly a daily basis, I am going to release a profile of
a different prospect and how that prospect's game translates to the NBA
level. 

For guard prospects, 
I am going to break down how their game translates in being a
ball-handler, setting up others, skill in shooting, how their speed translates
to this level, and how their game will be affected by the pick-and-roll. 

I will also cover how they will be able to
guard opposing guards and how they will be able to use their speed and lengths
to get into passing lanes, if they have the speed or size to match up with the
majority of opposing guards.

For Forwards and Centers, I will cover how they can impact
the game defensively whether that is with shot-blocking, rebounding,
post-defense, or defense off the pick-and-roll. 
On offense, I will be covering the ability to play in the post, ability
to pass out of the post and in general, the ability to shoot or create opportunities
off of a pick-and-roll, and if they have any unique skills at their height.

I venture to state that this could be one of the deepest
drafts in NBA History and there could be several good players to pick in the
second round such as Alexev Shved, Sylven Landesburg, Craig Brackins, Armon
Johnson, Terrico White, Jordan Crawford, Jarvis Varnado, Dominique Jones,
Charles Garcia, and much more. 

I will break down the draft of each team near the draft and
who they should draft, who the Bulls should focus on, and the results after the
draft for each team. 

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  • I am not sure if the Bulls have a second round pick. If they have one and not trade it during FA, one of the people they need to look at is Trevor Booker from Clemson. He can be a low post scorer and can hit the shot from outside. Too left handed to make it predictable but Bulls should work him out. BTW, watching Dragic from the Phoenix Suns yesterday night tells you the importance of second round picks.
    Good second round/late first round picks are very important in my opinion. They can be the good role players compared to the top 15/20 picks who can be boom or bust because of those players being the alpha players in their teams in college.

  • If you have Doug's endorsement that's good enough for me. I look forward to your work.

  • I was available...haha. I'm the NCAA house junkie.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    haha indeed.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    Funny maybe, but I know the NCAA and the NBA DRAFT as good as anyone else around.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    We'll have to disagree on this.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    INSIDE INFORMATION ON THE BULLS DRAFT:

    For the last couple of drafts, the Bulls have always develop a PLAYER INTERVIEW PAGE, as part of their BULLS DRAFT CENTRAL SECTION for the player they intend to draft.

    Let me prove my point.

    2009 - James Johnson

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/johnson_090616.html

    2008 - Derrick Rose

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/rose_080619.html

    2007 - Joakim Noah

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/noah_070608.html

    2006 - Tyrus Thomas

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/thomas_060615.html

    Here's the KEY.

    Everyone of those PLAYER INTERVIEW pages were on the Bulls website prior to that year's NBA DRAFT.

    So, look for the handful of PLAYER INTEVIEW PAGES on the Bulls' website, prior to this year's draft, and you can figure out what PROSPECTS they are looking to draft.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    INSIDER DRAFT INFORMATION:

    The last few years the Chicago Bulls' organization has developed PLAYER INTERVIEW PAGES as part of their BULLS DRAFT CENTRAL section on their main website.

    Well, a pattern has developed.

    The player they draft will come from those PLAYER INTERVIEW PAGES.

    Case in point.

    2009 - James Johnson

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/johnson_090616.html

    2008 - Derrick Rose

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/rose_080619.html

    2007 - Joakim Noah

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/noah_070608.html

    2006 - Tyrus Thomas

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/thomas_060615.html

    * All those PLAYER INTERVIEW PAGES were on their BULLS DRAFT CENTRAL page PRIOR to that draft.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Stop holding that post...damn!!!

    It's important.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'll go to another site and post I guess.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    all promises

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Don't tease us, Chris Wolff.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Yea Kevin I agree....i would def. buy 1 or 2 second rounders this year. You can find quality players that can fit into our rotation in the 2nd round. And i agree, just draft a couple and see if they work out...if they dont, then just let them go.

    Renardo Sidney was a big time recruit coming out of High School...He has tremendous size and skill...if he was there in the 2nd round, i would probably just pick him for the heck of it. I heard there was money problems in his life. Hopefully the NBA could help fix those things and he can become a solid player.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    DRAFT INSIDE INFORMATION:

    Just watch for the BULLS CENTRAL PLAYER INTERVIEW PAGES.

    I guarantee you the Bulls draft a guy from that pool of players.

    2009 - Johnson, Blair, Teague, Maynor, Ellington, Henderson and Budinger got one.
    2008 - Rose and Beasley got one.
    2007 - Noah, Hawes, Connely and Brewer got one.
    2006 - Thomas, Roy, Aldridge, Morrison and Gay got one.

    Look for Anderson, Henry and maybe Sanders, Alabi or Pondexter to get one in 2010.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I also disagree, Chris Wolff.

    If the Bulls fielded your own personal all star team and had them coached by Mo Cheeks, that team would be lucky to win 15 games.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Kevin, look forward to your insights and subsequent draft discussions. Hope you don't mind my asking, but who if anyone have you/do you write for(in regards to college draft prospects)? Do you like DraftExpress and NBADraft.net? I agree it's going to be a deep quality/guys that can help teams draft in the first round. Later

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Thank you. I wrote a little bit last year for Lindy Sports and have worked in the college ranks as a scouting intern.

    Thank you.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Thanks for all the wishes; I will keep the information short and too the point.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Hey Kevin, just wanted to make sure...but is Renardo Sidney in the draft this year???

  • In reply to Csharp:

    As of right now yes, but I would not pick him unless I had the last pick in the draft. Too much drama.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You heard it here first, Solomon Alabi is the pick.

    Noah needs some help, and this guy is a legitimate 7 footer(at least until he gets measured at the predraft camp), unlike Noah himself(6'10.5").

    With the likely departure of Brad Miller, and the uncertainty regarding Asik coming over we will need a backup center, and we are in desperate need of size to the point that we could use both Asik and Alabi.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I wouldn't mind seeing us go big, so long as we buy a 2nd rounder to pick up a guy like Mikhail Torrance or Jordan Crawford. Actually, I'd love for us to buy two or three 2nd rounders to fill out our roster on the cheap, hoping one develops into a solid rotation player.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    i love this kind of thinking, and if i were a GM i would be trying to do this all the time.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    DRAFT TALK:

    I wonder who Larry Bird of the Indiana Pacers plans on drafting?

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/66458/20100508/bird_calls_hayward_an_interesting_prospect/

    I see a pattern or preference developing in Indiana.

    - Tyler Hansbrough
    - Troy Murphy
    - Mike Dunleavy
    - Jeff Foster
    - Josh McRoberts
    - Gordon Hayward?

    Boston Celtics of the 80's---esque.

    - Larry Bird
    - Kevin McHale
    - Danny Ainge
    - Greg Kite
    - Scott Wedman

    To quote Mike North, "I'm not saying, I'm just saying"....haha.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I forgot Bill Walton, Rick Carlisle and Jerry Sichting.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    OK...let I want to put my idea out there on who the Bulls need to draft if they don't trade their pick. I have heard they should bring in Xavier Henry, Quincy Pondexter, or James Anderson, I'm sorry but these guys would not be ready to contribute right away so with that being said I believe the Bulls should draft Jordan Crawford. This guy is ready now and he would fit perfect along side D-Rose. I can say a lot about the guy but I would rather everyone do the research on him and hopefully everyone will see what I see in this guy.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel,

    The Chicago Bulls need SIZE and SHOOTING in the backcourt. James Anderson, Xavier Henry and Quincy Pondexter would give them that.

    They either need to go with a SG or draft a Center, such Larry Sanders, Solomon Alabi or Epke Udoh.

    Those positions are their main needs.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Mrhappy, sometimes a team needs to go with pure talent then position or size. You remember in the 84 draft the bulls needed size and Hakeem and Bowie wre taken before the Bulls could draft one of them so we all new who they took with their pick... MJ because he was the player in the draft who had the best talent. Look up Jordan Crawford and you will see he probably has the best talent in the draft. Size and position sometimes means nothing.

  • Bulls dont have any 2nd rounders this year...but i would deffinetly want them to buy a couple. 2nd Rounder Picks get traded all the time, so if the Bulls cant get one, then there not trying. Tons of talent out there that the Bulls can fill out the roster with next year. You have players like Renardo Sidney,Jarvis Varnado,Jordan Crawford, Lance Stephenson, Craig Brackins all possibly landing in the 2nd round. I really think Xavier Henry has a chance to slip to us at 17 as well. Buy a 2nd Rounder GAR!!!!!

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