Well as expected, the Bulls trade away their pick, but it was a good trade to set up ourselves for cap space to make a big splash and set up another dynasty. The only thing I was disappointed was not to see a move to buy a second round pick and draft a role player such as Willie Warren or a Darington Hobson.
Below are my best drafts and worst drafts.
1) Washington cleaned up the draft. Obviously, Wall is a great prospect, but they also got Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker. Seraphin should spend one more year overseas, but at 6'11, good work ethic, a big body, and solid skill, I expect him to play in this league for a long time. Booker reminds me of a Paul Millsap clone and is a great athlete. I can see him pairing well with Wall. Hamady N'Diaye probably will not make the NBA, but the talent is there to be a good defender and a late second round choice, he is solid.
2) Milwaukee Bucks - I really like Larry Sanders and even at pick 15. The Bucks have been ultra-aggressive the last few days, but Sanders can be a steal if he can add on 10-15 more lbs. and be a great pairing next to Andrew Bogut. Skiles should love his defense, his athletic ability, and the want to stay inside unlike Tyrus Thomas. Tiny Gallon is a project, but is very skilled and is worth the risk in the 2nd round. Darington Hobson provides a versatile player at the small forward and should have been a late first-round pick.
3) San Antonio Spurs - Spurs keep loading up in the draft. James Anderson should feast in the system as he is a scorer and shooter and can rely off passes from Manu Ginoboli, George Hill, Tony Parker (if still there by season start), and Tim Duncan for open jumpers. Ryan Richards is a very skilled player at 6'11, and can be a good Power Forward down the road. In fact, if developed, he is a big-time steal mid second-round.
Worst Drafts -
1) New York Knicks - I don't know what they are doing. Obviously, prior to the draft they cleared some cap space to add some good player without Lebron. However, there were plenty of good options in a deep draft on a team with few legit options. Danilo Gallinari and Toney Douglas are nice young players but will not make free agents along want to come to New York. So drafting Andy Rautins and Landry Fields in high second round is mind boggling. Rautins might make it in the league as a three point specialist that can handle the ball a little, but will play reduced minutes. Fields is not athletic enough for the 3 and extremely undersized to play the 4.
Good news is that they got Jerome Jordan in a trade. Jordan should play a few minutes as he should develop into a quality big man. However, when there are players such as Gani Lawal, Willie Warren, Solomon Alabi, Manny Harris, Jerome Randle, Jarvis Varnado, Alexey Shved, Thomas Heurtel, Ryan Richards, Da'Sean Butler, and more available in a deep draft, you take them.
2) Sacramento Kings - Kings got much more talented in drafting DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside. However, they are the two biggest question marks in the draft in terms of attitude. Both were steals at where they were taken, but on a rebuilding team it is hard to take two immature rookies and mold them together. If they can co-exist together, Sacramento has got some serious depth, trading pieces to get good real quick. I just can't envision this working out well when you are trying to teach youth to rebuild.
Steal of Draft - Willie Warren (L.A. Clippers.) - Sure he struggled this year. However, it was not just his attitude, but more of his high ankle sprain. He does not have to be the go-to-guy on the Clippers or any NBA team for that matter. Warren is a combo guard, but has good speed to use in the NBA and a good open set shot. Feeding off of Kaman, Blake Griffin, Baron Davis, Eric Bledsoe, and Eric Gordon, he should get open shots.
2nd Steal of the Draft - (Gani Lawal) - Outstanding pick. While he is not a force on offense, he is not shabby either. He is tough, can play defense, and can pull rebounds next to Robin Lopez. He is a good athlete and is solid offensively. He has a short jumper and can finish real well. Suns are good at getting steals since drafting Goran Dragic, trading for Jared Dudley, drafting Robin Lopez, and getting Lawal. They are building a nice little core that should be attractive for years to come.
Worst pick of the Draft - Lazar Hayward (Minnesota Timberwolves) - Hayward is the classic tweener at 6'6. The guy can shoot; no doubt about that. Can he do anything else? He is not big enough to be a 4 in the league and has no quickness to play small forward, take people off the dribble in the NBA, and guard others. To be a guaranteed contract, the Timberwolves could have drafted several others that would at least presented talented options.
2nd worst pick of the draft - (Landry Fields) - Knicks. Ryan Reid that went to the Thunder is right up there, but Fields was picked at 39 when there were about 15 other players that could have contributed for the Knicks. Fields is a quality guy, but he probably would have went undrafted and the Knicks could have added him on the Summer League team. For a team hoping to add free agents that will clear out their cap, getting young cheap options when available is a must. Normally, the draft is a reach, but there were plenty of good options available at this pick.
I want to personally thank Doug Thonus for the opportunity to provide articles on Draft Prospects. I have enjoyed doing them this year and appreciate hearing feedback from the fans. Even though the Bulls did not draft anyone, they are setting themselves up nicely for a really good team for a long time with/without Lebron. I also would like to thank Fred Pfeiffer for the opportunity to do a Podcast.
Good news is that Bulls picked up two solid undrafted players in Matt Bouldin and Samardo Samuels. Samuels should at least make the team as he can at least be better than Chris Richard.