Welcome back to Draft Central for 2012. It was a brutal end to the season, but I think we have learned a lot about this team after witnessing this. Even though, it has been apparent we lean too much on Derrick Rose, I think it became more apparent this year in the playoffs. I think it is obvious we need a consistent threat that can create for self and others; whether from the perimeter or post. With Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson, and Ronnie Brewer being non guaranteed along with Omer being a restricted free agent, I expect this to be an interesting offseason.
I have enjoyed writing for the last two years on draft coverage and looking to pick it up again this year. I am going to cover the draft a little different this year in adding a few things which I think is important for the draft. This year the draft coverage will have the format listed below. Teams usually have their own way of operating and the bulls typically look at core character, work ethic, and defensive ability. While, I am going to measure drafting on what I know as on-court hustle/off-court (issues if any), this is something I don’t always have readily available access as teams drafting players do. Again, the Bulls do a masterful job of drafting late first/early second, but need to take real risks now.
It still stings that Bulls lost Rose in which I thought they could get past the Heat, but while I will be posting prospects mainly in Bulls current range, I will be a little more open to posting my opinion on what the Bulls should do in this Draft. I feel with the way the current team is set-up, we need to take more real chances players while still building around Rose and Noah (unless Howard signs and is traded to us).
Deng should be up for a trade in my opinion. In fact, I think this is the time to trade Luol – while his value is high and I expect it will be a another basketball year before Rose looks like 100% Rose. I hope Bulls will do what they can to get any value for Carlos Boozer; while productive this year, he struggles during the clutch and is on a decline and getting older.
For the most part, the Bulls seem to be a risk-averse team; they have a really good team, but I don’t think can go all the way unless everything is falling. Most great teams take calculated chances to get better. The Thunder drafted James Harden when many thought they should have taken Ricky Rubio or Tyreke Evans, they also drafted the erratic (at the time) Russell Westbrook over Kevin Love, Brooke Lopez, and Eric Gordon. The Spurs traded George Hill last year for unproven Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers traded an established Vlade Divac for high-schooler, Kobe Bryant, etc… I just think this is the time to make that calculated risk.
With all this said, let’s get ready for the Bulls Draft!
1) Athletic Ability
3) Off Court Maturity
4) Basketball IQ and Will to Want It
7) Fit on Bulls
8) My opinion