Well Bulls Fans, it has been another great draft, and I just wanted to cover in case we trade up players I feel we should go for and also cover the 2nd round steals in my opinion.
1st round trade up targets
Marson Brooks (Providence) - Having covered Marshon already, I still feel he is a high risk due to questions over whether the small school prospect who had to dominate the ball for his team can blend in with the team concept as more of a role player in the NBA. However, in terms of talent/needs, he is right up here.
Alec Burks (Colorado) - He's a versatile player that can do everything except shoot threes. Can he develop that 3 point jumper? If so, he is the best shooting guard prospect in this class. If not, he is not a good fit here considering what we have.
Klay Thompson (Washington State) - He's the best shooter in this draft in my opinion. He can score and shoot from mid-range as well as beyond the arc. He added a little off-the-dribble jumper to his repertoire, but it is questionable whether he can be much more than a shooter. He'll struggle defensively, and I'd rather have one of the other two guys who project as more complete players.
Bismack Biyombo - Really like his game; reminds me of Ben Wallace because of his strength, hustle, and smarts. His stock is all over the board due to his raw offense, but his athleticism, defense, shot blocking, and defense could land him as early as the mid lottery. More highly regarded than Faried due to a couple of inches taller and a little more skilled.
Kenneth Faried (Morehead State) - Unless we are early in the 20's, we will not get him. He's another lunch pail and hard hat rebounding, hard-nosed guy who can play defense. I like his game a lot, but don't know if he is worth trading up for compared to others, especially given the makeup of the team.
Players to Stay Away From
Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech) - He should be a great defender at the next level guarding point guards, shooting guards, or small forwards. He can dribble a little offensively, but shows low basketball IQ on offense, has no jumper, and is slow to create. If he was able to add a jump-shot, would be a really good role player, but doesn't immediately project to fill any useful role as we don't need a wing defender.
Tobias Harris (Tennessee) - He's a solid athlete with good size for a small forward and is capable of playing power forward. While I think he is highly skilled, he is a tweener and I question his toughness.
Jordan Hamilton (Texas) - He can score with his shot, creates a little, and uses backdoor cuts. However, his shaky ball handling may not allow his offense to translate. His slow release will limit his effectiveness as well. Defensively, he is somewhat slow laterally and would be good for guarding small-forwards only.
2nd Round Steals
Every year there are steals in the 2nd round that usually present themselves as role players. Below are listed my steals in order for how I like their fit for this Bulls team. There are certain talented players left off, because I fear their attitudes and ability to blend in with a high quality team right away or due to a raw skillset this team won't have time to develop.
Most of the time I see a 2nd rounder make it to the NBA is when they have a great skill, great work ethic, or the will to out-hustle anyone. There are more that could be covered, but I feel these are the ones that could be around for our 2nd round pick at 43.
E'Twaun Moore (Purdue) - He's been my favorite in the 2nd round for the Bulls for a long time. If he was an inch-and-half taller, he would be a mid first round pick. However, at 6'4, he is still tall enough to guard most shooting guards in the NBA; especially in today's game.
He'd be a good fit next to Rose with his high basketball IQ, hustle, and quality at all facets of the game. He plays above average defense, can shoot, has solid athlete, can handle the ball occasionally, and can pull up for mid-range shot. I don't see him scoring much in the paint though. If he can max out his talent, I can see him being a better creating Courtney Lee.
Jimmy Butler (Marquette) - Jimmy is strictly a small forward at the next level. At 6'8, he is a hustle player that can play good defense, is a solid athlete, has a very high basketball IQ, is a solid shooter, and can occasionally slash. If he maxes out his game, I can envision a Shane Battier with a bit more slashing but minus the three point shot.
Bojan Bogdanovic - At 6'7, he has unlimited range and is not afraid to shoot the big shot. He does not have much ball handling and is going to struggle defensively due to limited athleticism. If maxed out, he could be a lesser Wally Szczerbiak. He also may stay overseas to develop more which would be a positive given our limited developmental minutes, but he's not necessarily enamored with NBA and may also stay permanently.
Demetri McCamey (Illinois) - At 6'3 with a sturdy frame, he could be a good point guard behind Derrick for a few minutes. He has solid passing vision, good handles, and can shoot with unlimited range when on. Defensively, he could not guard anyone at Illinois so don't expect it at the next level either.
A bonus undraftred FA sleeper
Kalin Lucas (Michigan State) - If healthy, I expect Kalin to make it to the next level in due time. While short at 6'1, he is very quick, with good handles, solid defense, high basketball IQ, toughness, shooting, and solid pick-and-roll play. I don't expect him to get to the lane and finish like college, but his game should translate as a backup point guard for a while.