2014 Bulls Draft Recap

2014 Bulls Draft Recap

Well Bulls Fans, it’s been a fun covering the draft again.  While, I really like Gary Harris, I’m excited the Bulls were aggressive and traded up for Doug McDermott.  While I wonder a little about his defensive ability, the NBA is going towards a perimeter game.  McDermott reminds me of a souped up Wally Szczerbiak because he is a little more athletic, has a fade-away jumper, has a one leg jumper, and is a little taller.

McDermott is very skilled offensively, very high IQ, can shoot, can post up, and is just a matchup nightmare offensively for other teams to guard.  I think he is going to flourish paired up with Noah and Rose and for Coach Thibs.  If playing the small forward, McDermott can post up players or shoot over them at mid-range. 

I have no idea how power forwards are going to guard him because he's a tremendous shooter or if they start running out, he can dribble to mid-range.  I am really stoked for this pick, while compared to Adam Morrison or Kyle Korver, McDermott is much stronger than Morrison, with a much higher basketball IQ, and is a much better shooter. 

Morrison at college got away with trying to be a slasher at 6’8 as a small forward against weaker competition.  McDermott, again is much stronger and much more versatile than people give him credit for.  McDermott is not a natural creator offensively, but can be a threat due to his post-up, dribbles when people run out on him, or shooting.  I feel like the Bulls are trying to emulate the Spurs offensively with motion ball-movement and high IQ players.  McDermott, while Bulls fans may not agree, is the most safe I have felt about a pick since DRose for us.

In the second round, the Bulls drafted Cameron Bairstow of New Mexico.  This cat is a big power forward and someone that I am elated about for his draft position.  Last year I was not high on either pick and definitely not the year before.  Bairstow, at almost 6’10 and 250 lbs. reminds me so much of Luis Scola. 

He has a great mid-range game, a high IQ game, and can pass the ball.  He also sets bone-crushing picks, has good footwork, and has fadeaway jumpers over either shoulder.  I think he has a chance to be a contributor for this team and because of his size along with Greg Smith, we will not be bullied down low anymore.  He is not a tremendous athlete, but he is not a stiff either.   I think he is a keeper and will surprise many unlike Erik Murphy.

While the Bulls need to get more athletic and definitely need a younger back-up point guard, they are now very deep in the front-court.  One thing is for sure in that we will not be pushed around by the likes of Nene anymore.  With all the front court depth, we now have Noah, Taj, Greg Smith, Nikola Mirotic, Cameron Bairstow, Anthony Randolph (possibly not for long), Carlos Boozer (likely not for long), and Doug McDermott. 

I foresee a trade happening and the flexibility to do so.  The next step to me is swinging for Melo and getting a backup point guard.  If we can do both of those, I feel we have a chance to be one of the top 4 teams next year in the NBA (assuming Rose is healthy).

Overall, I am pleased with the draft and hope it is just a start of things to come.  We got much better offensively in this draft.

Best Draft (Outside of us)

1)  Utah Jazz – I love the Jazz draft and feel like they are headed in the right direction.  I love the Exum pick as he has a chance to be a star (Penny Hardaway like).  I also love the thought of having two ball-handlers in the draft.  I also like them drafting Rodney Hood as a high character guy and shooter.   I’m intrigued to see if they keep Burke now and what they do with Hayward.  I would try and see if I could get a legit post player to pair up with their backcourt and Hayward.  I would love this draft even more if not for trading of Jarnell Stokes in 2nd round.

2)  Orlando Magic – I love that they have athletes galore in Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton.  They are much better defensively and in the future are going to be hard to match up with considering the athletes they have in Gordon, Oladipo, and Payton.  Outside of their center, who is a shooter there is my only concern.  While I am not sure how well Gordon will produce at pick 4, he is a high IQ player that will play defense.

3)  Philadelphia 76ers – It seemed like every pick for the 76ers has a chance to make an all NBA Defense ranging from Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant, and then they trade for Pierre Jackson, and draft a good stash prospect in Vasilije Micic.  While I don’t know what type of team they are forming, they have a ton of possible talent for the future. 

This is also a risky draft for them after spending the number three pick on Embiid who has high bust potential due to health concern.  If he gets healthy in a year and forms along with Noel, Carter-Williams, and most likely a high pick next year, they are going to be extremely dangerous.  If he does not get healthy and Noel does not return healthy, they wasted two high picks for nothing.  However, if some of this talent formulates, they have many options available. 

Apparently, they also traded for Jordan McRae who has some talent to create a little off the dribble and can shoot a little.  Will he add weight to his skinny frame and can he become a consistent shooter in case he can't add enough weight to finish in the NBA?

Biggest Steal

Kyle Anderson is a typical Spurs type player and they got him at pick 30.  Anderson's biggest concerns are his defensive ability, his athletic ability (mainly speed), and his three point shot.  However, he improved his three point shot this past year and will be going to a shot doctor with the Spurs organization.  He has many similar characteristics to a Boris Diaw, so I expect him to flourish even more.  He can pass, handle the ball, read opposing teams, and can rebound really well.  I expect he will flourish under Coach Pop.  Kudos to the Spurs for more flexibility.

Worst Draft By Far 

Toronto Raptors – While this Bruno cat might have some potential, surely he could have been traded down for in early 2nd.  He is at least four years away while many great picks were available.  In the second round, they drafted DeAndre Daniels in which I am not a huge fan of due to tweener status, inconsistency, and lack of toughness. 

What Was That?

Hornets had a stellar draft getting a tough, skilled, but raw Vonleh.  They draft some offense in Napier and they gift-wrap him to the Heat.  Why do teams help out the Heat; especially Jordan of all folks?  The only possible silver lining I see in Miami landing Napier if James stays with the Heat, there's less chance of him leaving to join up with Melo somewhere else.


I am absolutely stunned Jabari Brown did not get picked.  Brown has a chance to be a good 3-and-D guy.  Whomever claims him has a chance to get a steal.  Along those lines, there are a few very good prospects that are available for undrafted free agency and maybe even a point guard for us to take a flyer on. 

A few prospects are Jahii Carson (point guard of Arizona State), Patric Young (Florida power forward), Deonte Burton (combo guard from Nevada), shooter Andre Dawkins (Duke shooting guard), Jordan Bachynski (center from Arizona State), and Khem Birch (power forward from UNLV).


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  • You really can't argue too much with the Bulls' draft considering their desperate need for shooting and not wanting to invest in projects. The Bulls are in "win now" mode and they got the guy they wanted.

    However, I will admit to being one of those fans who wanted to capitalize on having two first rounders in a deep draft. In fact, I had visions of the Bulls having two lottery picks this year after Rose went down. However, as we know DJ Augustin and Al Jefferson had other ideas and we wound up with 16 & 19.

    My guy was Hood and I would have been delighted with him at 16 and another one of my favorites at 19. I had thought, however, that Hood would most likely be off the board at 16. After the draft when I realized that we could of had both Hood and Harris I was really dejected. The Bulls could have had two projected lottery picks. Two athletic, high character guys who had starting potential at the wing positions. But this is hindsight and the Bulls needed to get, at least in their minds, a sure thing.

    In hindsight, there was another strategy the Bulls could have used. They could have traded down both picks for second rounders and nabbed Early and McDaniels- two guys I really liked who ordinarily would have been first rounders in a normal draft. In return, the Bulls could have also received at least two future first round picks. That would have been pretty cool. However, coming back to planet Earth, I think fans should be satisfied with what we got eventhough in hindsight we perhaps could have gotten more value out of this draft.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    I don't think the Bulls wanted too many rookies and I really believe Thibs is high on McDermott. I also think McDermott is really gifted offensively. I like Harris a little more due to athletic ability and two-way player, but McDermott will be good!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    McDermott has the chance to be elite at something, 3 point shooting, Harris is, at best another typical Bulls player, a non descript interchangeable parts role player, or as is fashionable in today's NBA, just another guy.

    McDermott could be so unathletic that he can't stay on the floor and thus be a bust, or he could be the best 3 point sniper in the NBA, that's worth taking a chance on.

    It would be interesting to see if Harris could even get his shot off against someone like, say Jimmy Butler or dare I say, even Tony Snell.

  • Sometime earlier in McDermott's college career there was a Sports Illustrated cover that had him mimicking an earlier cover back when Larry Bird was in college. They're obviously different players, and achieved different team success in college, but offensively, despite neither being great athletes, both could frustrate defenders by making every movement a possible legitimate shooting motion. I like the comparison to Reggie Miller, too. I'm not too fond of his nicknames though, and would like to suggest "Clutch", as in Clutch Cargo.

  • In reply to Talos4:

    Comparisons to Reggie Miller? That's hilarious, Reggie actually had some athleticism. McDermott is slow and not athletic at all while playing power forward at Creighton.

  • In reply to rob32:

    The subject was where does McDermott play in the NBA and what role. If you have him slotted as a power forward because he played that in college then he's going to have a short NBA career at his height. In college, his team's offense ran him all over the court to get him free, and whatever his position was called, he shot the ball well from all over. Hopefully not because he was being guarded by inferior defenders. We'll know soon enough. The NBA combine numbers apparently showed he's more athletic than given credit. As for Miller, the Reggie Miller I remember wasn't known for athleticism or his defense but rather as a skinny guy running around relentlessly and being able to get a shot off with the smallest of openings from a great distance. The Bulls tried Korver in the same role with little success. Miller was also obnoxiously cocky, and as a Bulls fan, easy to dislike.

  • In reply to Talos4:

    I don't see the Miller comps, but I think McDermott in today's game can play the 3 or 4 depending on matchup and be a matchup nightmare for opposing teams on offense. If playing the 4 someone will have to chase him around. If playing the 3, someone will have to guard his post game and height advantage. His post game is very advanced.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    I really don't see where he has any height advantage at small forward. He measured 6'6.25" at the combine. I'd bet that is no more than average for the true height of an NBA small forward. He would have a height advantage at SG, but almost certainly isn't athletic enough to guard the position, that might be the problem at SF also, which would then mean that he has no position in the NBA, at least as a starter. Maybe he can be a situational small ball power forward, when the other team goes without a true power forward on the floor, maybe(but Mirotic would have that role covered anyway).

  • In reply to BigWay:

    If you take measurements of other small forwards into place with no shoes, he is probably an inch taller than most and was use to posting up college power forwards. Therefore other than a Lebron type, I can see him posting up most small forwards.

  • In reply to Talos4:

    Assuming that he lives up to his rep, and can stroke it from anywhere in the gym, I'm going with McStrokin. Stroke to the east, Stroke it to the west, Stroke it to the woman that I love best, I'm Strokin.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I don't want to know what you do in your spare time j/k.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    BigWay is an aspiring poet! And comedian. Tho once Boozer leaves, some of his best material will be gone.

    He might even be a better GM than some in the NBA.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Guess they're too young to remember that song! :-)

  • In reply to Roman F:

    Yea, I'm not as old as he is(if he is still with us) but Clarence Carter is a legend, those were his words, not mine, and they used to play that song all the time at Walter Paytons 34 club out in Schaumburg in the 80's while all the waitresses got up on the bar and danced. Actually, that might have been the first rap song ever, decades before it was ever invented.

  • I can't believe McDaniels from UConn went in the 2nd round. In the right situation he could have a long, productive career with star potential. 6 foot 8, can shoot, rebound, block shots with his long wing span.

    2 first round picks for kyle korver 2.0 instead of having 2 of Napier, Harris, Hood, McDaniels etc :(

  • In reply to rob32:

    He is not Korver because he is white and unathletic. I'm not high on McDaniels as I think he is a soft and inconsistent player. I am on the fence about 2 picks instead of one though. Would have loved Harris and either Hood, Napier, Stokes, or Bogdanovic.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    I think we need to distinguish KJ McDaniels from Clemson with Deandre Daniels from UConn. I am assuming you are referring to Daniels.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    Yeah I meant Daniels - I guess that is who he was talking about when talking about UConn.

  • In reply to rob32:

    The odds that any of those guys have better careers than Korver has already had are significantly less than 50/50, and Kevin is telling us that McD is a better player than Korver, he certainly put up much better numbers in his career at Creighton than Korver did.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Hood and Harris or Napier might turn out to be a better draft, but we won't know for a while. However, this was shooting for a TD. McDermott could well become an All-star - in fact, I predict that.

    He can hit from anywhere. 27/7 last season. 4 years at $2 million per? Fabulous!

  • In reply to rustyw:

    I'm sure if we pick through the pile of guys picked 16 and later, we'll find two guys who combined would have been better than McD. If McD ends up the best player of the group, though, then it's a good trade.

  • Both Wade & Bosh opt out. Any significance to the Bulls re: Melo, Love, Lebron, Wade, Bosh, etc.?

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    I honestly have no idea. I mean if Melo or Love joins one of them yeah. However, it was expected that they opt out. To me, it is more of how the Bulls make moves instead of everyone else.

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Too me that means that Kyle Lowry ends up in Miami, not Melo.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Miami does not need Melo - they need a center and a shooting point guard that can play off Bron. They need another creator, but I honestly don't know why Lowry would want to have his career suffer unless he wants to be a 12/6 guy instead of 18/8 guy. However, they need a point and a center.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    because it is Miami and not Toronto, and this is his one shot to get paid and win championships. Miami clearly seems focused on upgrading their point guard play, if they can't get lowry maybe they focus on the center position and Gortat. Can't see them having enough money to do both, unless they set their sites a lot lower that those guys.

  • In the event that we don't get Melo, or actually even if we do, do you see McDermott being able to play any shooting guard, or is he strictly a 3, or situational stretch 4, after all he only measured 6'6.25", and Butler is really much better suited to small forward. Inability to man the SG position would be my biggest concern with having McDermott instead of Stauskis.

    Souped up Wally Z, any chance that McD has any Paul Pierce in him, his game never seemed to be about athleticism either, he just knows how to score. Also off the top of your head can you name a comparable college(wing) player who matches his career shooting stats 55% and 46% from 3, both on large volume.

    As Doug said yesterday, we are all looking to talk ourselves into this pick. Your evaluation of McD gives us some reason to do so. Like you I am way more excited about him than I was about the Snell pick.

    I also like your description of our second round pick, sounds like my kind of player tough, physical with some offensive skills. I didn't like anything about Murphy from the minute that I saw him play. I am now looking forward to seeing Bairstow.

    Finally, I was hoping that the Bulls might look into Jordan Hill as a free agent this summer to back up Noah, it sounds like you think that they won't need to.

    A bit surprised that you didn't like the Celtics draft, they got 2 interesting guys, both of whom could boom or bust.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Would like Jordan Hill if we need to get rid of Taj for Melo (only issue with Hill is staying health). I'm not high on Young - love Marcus Smart though.

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    In reply to BigWay:

    Great question, I can see him playing some 2.

  • Hi Doug,
    I mentioned the possibility of Knicks pursuing Pau Gasol at your draft party. Pau is very intelligent a very adept at the triangle offense which makes him very attractive to Phil Jackson.


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    Kyle Anderson was my choice but McDermott is a good pick for the Bulls too. Dougie's game reminds me of a young Paul Pierce. Two dribbles and a pull up jumper. He's growing on me cause Thibs has seen him play against top tier talent w/ Team USA, and thinks highly of the kid. If he turns out to be an offensive juggernaut @ the next level, I feel he should be the starting SF next season.
    Draft notes...Marcus Smart will be a bust. He can't shoot the ball in the basket...Zach LaVine hates Minnesota & Minnesota will come to dislike LaVine's game too...Nik Stauskas will be a stud playing w/ the Kings...I don't know how The Magic will make it work bet Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, but one of them will have to go, and my guess is it will be Victor Oladipo...I love Julius Randal to the Lakers choice. He could be ROY...Dante Exum went to the wrong team if he's going to be a media darling. Nobody watches Utah outside of Utah. He would've been much more marketable playing for any other team.

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    Funny that you mentioned Pierce, I asked about him above half expecting to get ridiculed to death. Yea, Zack seems like a bad fit in Minny, a Kevin Love redux fit wise.

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    I don't think Smart will be a bust. I do agree with you on Lavine. Orlando as stated - I don't like their floor spacing, but and a big but, they have some really high IQ and athletic players. Maybe some of them eventually will be trade bait, but they are drafting most talented players cause they probably aren't winning in the next year, but after a year or two, watch out with all the pieces they have. I really like Payton and think he has the talent to be a top 6 or 7 player in this draft. I do think McDermott will surprise some folks though like you said.

  • Not sure if anyone has noted this yet, but one other potentially good thing about this pick is the fact that Thibs seems to be all about, possibly even having been looking forward to getting him for years. Seems to me this bodes well for the well documented issues between Thibs and the FO. I've always thought they were somewhat overplayed, especially by that ass clown Bill Simmons; but of course I agree that there has been some friction, and this appears to be a moment in which everyone has been on the same page. Personally I haven't held much fear that Thibs would actually be moved, if not only for the fact that the fan base would go bat shit insane. But none the less I'm happy to see some synergy going on between Thibs and GarPax. Hopefully Gar Forman in particular has realized he can't get rid of Thibs without facing the wrath of Chicago. Thibs isn't perfect, but I'm not fucking going back to the days post phil pre thibs. No thank you.

  • In reply to Chicagosportsguru:

    Good point. Whereas picking Snell was all about Forman, picking McDermott appears to be all about Thibs. If you read his quotes, Thibs is obviously high in this guy and excited about the pick. Thibs is familiar with McD and his limitations and believes he can make it work defensively. Obviously, Thibs thinks McD can score at the next level. We've all pointed out how Thibs won't play rookies, but he clearly will play McDermott. Thibs is committed to developing the guy and is more likely to be patient with the occasional rookie mistake.

  • In reply to Roman F:

    He won't play low iq players but he played Asik right away and while Butler did not play until 2nd year, it was because he was behind a similar player. He played Snell last year mainly due to depth (Snell's issue is confidence). I think he will play McDermott quite a bit this year.

  • Here is a question that we have to ask ourselves, would you rather have McDermott or Afflalo. McDermott saves you a ton of cap space, (enough to pay for Mirotic) and looks to be the better shooter(and maybe scorer). Afflalo is the better defender, a legit 2 guard, better 2 way player, but may have been a one year rental as you are faced with Luol Deng decision in a year. Maybe you like Afflalo for a year, and McD for the long run.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Yep, if it was just a year I would go with Afflalo.

    Here is my take on McDermott. I followed Wally S. up here in MN since he was a rookie for the TWolves. McDermott could be better than Wally as he has a much better assortment of moves near the basket. And, if I recall correctly, Wally had no trouble adjusting to the NBA and was an effective scorer right out of the chute.

    I saw McDermott in the game where he put up 45 points against Providence to surpass 3000 career points. He was unstoppable. Providence was doing everything it could to stop him, e.g. traps, double teams, and it hardly mattered to McDermott. If he can play anything like that at the next level we have an all-star. Therefore, drafting a guy with this potential was the right move for the long run.

    One word of caution. I once saw Marshon Brooks put up over 50 points in a Big East game and wanted the Bulls to draft him.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I can't answer until the free agency is over honestly. Afflalo is 29 while McDermott has a chance to provide scoring which we desperately need at a reduced price. If we get Melo, I love drafting McDermott as they can play interchangeably. McDermott if we do it right gives us much cap flexibility. I also like Bairstow a lot - he provides size and we will punish people down low with our front court possibly.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Easy Q for me - McDermott. You gave one reason, he will cost about $2 million per for 4 years, $8 million for 4 yrs, whereas Afflalo costs $7.5 million for 1 yr. Huge savings.

    McDermott scored the 5th most points in NCAA history. Not quite so impressive when most players are leaving after their first or second year, but still ...Have you seen his PPP on uncontested catch-and -shoots? 1.95, which means he almost never misses! (2.00 would be perfect) This kid could be the best of the draft.

    Anyway, he should be an excellent player, the kind of blue collar kid Chicago will love. Plus if Thibs likes him he will play. IMO, Bulls got a steal.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Couldn't Afflalo been more than a 1 year rental with acquiring his Bird rights in the trade? They would have to have gone deeper into the tax to do that, but that seems like it was a possibility.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    McDermott if we get a star like Melo because we probably would not have had space for Afflalo.

  • "Breaking: Nikola Mirotic has reportedly played his last game for Real Madrid, will play next season in U.S. -via @TheBullsZone"

  • http://chibullszone.com/2014/06/28/report-mirotic-is-a-confirmed-departure-from-real-madrid/

  • In reply to Sluggers:

    I guess we will see where at though!

  • In reply to Sluggers:

    If true, this is certainly good news. If Mirotic will sign for the MLE this is tremendous news. Only thing left is to find a way to do something useful with Boozer's expiring contract in trade.

  • I wonder if MJ's inclination to help the Heat has anything to do with them retiring his number? We know MJ can hold a grudge, I wonder if he remembers the ego stroking crap for so long?

  • Wade opts out......good luck for a broken down player to get more money then his $42 million he was going to get.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    He has a promise from Riley - we'll see if it holds. Riley owes Wade.

  • McDermott IMO could end up being a legit NBA scorer. I do worry about him defensively. Some college analysts like Jay Bilas insist he is much better defensively then people "give him credit for."

    One caveat: I've never seen a successful scoring wing that literally had nearly zero zero in steals and or blocks particularly over four years. Even the clone comparison Szcerbiak had .5 and up to over 1 in both blocks and steals. That may seem like nitpicking especially for those who think appraising prospects is merely "a crap shoot."

    Anyway, though more of a small forward if he has some strength and builds on that at nearly 6'8 with a 6'9 plus wingspan he might be able to play some PF depending on matchups(I have my doubts watching him play though not possessing the body strength) which would make it easier to hide him at times as more and more "stretch" fours are not facing up or posting up as much as pick and pop shooting and even long range firing. His rebound totals are not bad for a "tweener."

    I would have preferred drafting a James Young or a Gary Harris(or Rodney Hood) as in the SG we need along with a big like Payne. Though it's not a sure thing they(Young or Harris) will be good three shooters, but I think both will in time. Young has oodles of charisma as in that "it factor." Taking on Randolph's salary to give two in the neighborhood picks in such a deep talent draft seems a little desperate to me. Gar/Pax obviously were somewhat "emotional" about this guy. Let's hope they were right in such enthusiasm. While I like Doug's competitive spirit and character a lot, I'm not sure he strikes me as a star type in an elite professional environment. Again, we'll see. He obviously can shoot the hell out of the ball including Dirk step backs.

    Finally, I don't think there's a chance in hell we're getting Melo(or Love) partly due to Gar/Pax being the execs to execute this. Nor do i think the Bulls are anywhere near contention. If Rose does come back strong(I'd be surprised especially the way his mid range shooting has plummeted) and Mirotic is a star or potent offensive player then that could change. Myself, not considering the Bulls near contention, I would have preferred developing more traditional models of offensive scoring talents in this league. The Knicks got a steal in Cleanthony Early and Ainge made a smart move picking Young. IMO the same can not be said about drafting Smart. I think after watching him all year the guys is a phony, self-interested jerk who can't shoot. We'll see if he proves me wrong.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    I agree with you in the fact that Young has confidence, but I wonder about him - from an outsider's perspective something seems off for me about him.

    I'm so-so on Cleanthony too. I did like Harris. McDermott will never be a blocks/steals guy, but he can have a chance to be a good stationary defense guy (team). Appreciate your input!

  • There has been a lot of positive buzz about Bairstow in the Bulls world since the draft. I admit being caught up in this and generally felt good about this pick. However, I have been doing some re-thinking of this the last couple of days.

    My take on Bairstow is that he is another Luke Harangody. A guy who could dominate and bully college competition but struggled against NBA pros. Yes, I know Bairstow has about 1 1/2 inches on Harangody, but their games are similar in that they have both inside and outside components to their offensive game. Consider this, Harangody had a better college career than Bairstow and played against tougher competition.

    Another comparison is Brian Scalabrine. Yes, he was somewhat of a joke at Boston and Chicago, but those of you who follow college basketball may remember him as a stud in the Pac10 who dominated those who he went up against. Another guy who had a better college career against better competition.

    I suppose those who disagree would do so on the basis that Bairstow may be a better athlete than Harangody and Scalabrine. To be honest with you, I have not checked comparable measurements on Draft Express. However, I have looked at a lot of YouTube on Bairstow the last couple of days, and he really doesn't look that much more athletic than the other two.

    I hope I am wrong but there is a reason he was drafted at #49. Yes, certain players fall through the cracks and scouts can be wrong. But realistically, based on past experience how many guys drafted this low make it in the league? If he does, then this was even a stronger draft than advertised.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    Somebody mentioned Luis Scola, clearly that would make him a homerun at 49, gives us something to hopet/root for.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    Wow - more white people comparisons. If the style of play resembled, then I would understand. He is more like Luis Scola to me. Harangody had no fluidity to his game and definitely no jumper. Scalarabrine was a 3 point shooter, but was not built like this guy.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Don't agree with you at all. Harangody had a jump shot (not as accurate as Bairstow) and Scalabrine was way more than a three point shooter in college.

  • I really do love that pick for McDermott and feel he's going to be a star. Those Kyle Korver comparisons are ridiculous. Korver is more a catch and shoot/ kick and pop shooter. McD is a true scorer. He just has a natural touch for the ball and I believe it is going to transfer over to the NBA for one reason...he has a quick release. Half the reason players can't guard him is because he can score anywhere on the floor and it happens in a flash. Combined with that he has good IQ and good court vision and is also a nice passer.

    I also like the pick for Bairstow paired up with Greg Monroe as well. It reminds me of 2010 when we still had Asik and Kurt Thomas. Our front court was feared because of it's size and it seems we're returning to form. Bairstow is big husky guy that's a beast in the paint on both offense and defense. He's very active around the rim and has a nice hook shot.

  • Reading his draft express review almost gets you thinking that this guys is a real player. His numbers in his senior year are fairly off the charts, both standard and advanced. He also looks like he is built like the old school power forwards and a legit 6'9". there seems to be a lot more to be hopefull about than last years 2nd rounder Murphy. That said he still went 49th so he is still not likely to amount to a hill of beans.

    Here is what they had to say

    After a fairly nondescript first three years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cameron Bairstow exploded in a major way for the Lobos during his senior season. Bairstow, who had never hit double figures in points per game during his first three seasons at New Mexico, saw his scoring average jump from 9.7 points per game and 16.3 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted to an incredible 20.4 points per game and 24.8 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted, a number that ranks 5th among our top 100 prospects. In somewhat atypical fashion for a player who shouldered a drastically increased role, Bairstow also saw his efficiency jump from a 53.7% true shooting percentage to an excellent 61.1%, making him one of the most lethal scorers in college basketball.

    Speaking of incredibly diverse offensive players, Cameron Bairstow was one of the most diverse offensive players in the country, and his 18.4 possessions used per game were tops in this group. With 28% of his offense coming from post-ups on 1.08 points per possession, as well as 29.4% of his offense coming from jump shots at an incredible 1.04 points per possession, few had the inside-outside game that Bairstow flashed. Bairstow has some defensive concerns, and it would be beneficial if he could extend his range out to three point territory, but the diversity of his skill set could get him a look.

    A big part of Bairstow's game is the midrange jump shot. While the midrange game has fallen out of favor among statistically-minded front offices, the incredible efficiency with which Bairstow connects makes him the exception to the rule. Bairstow connected at an incredible 63.8% from shots between 17 feet and the 3-point line during his senior season, yielding a 1.277 points per possession that ranked as the most efficient in college basketball among players with at least 40 attempts.

    The overall sample size of just 47 possessions used on midrange jump shots is relatively small, and a little bit of a regression is virtually guaranteed. Not because the midrange jump shot isn't clearly a reliable weapon for Bairstow – it is, and his form, balance, and follow through are all solid and repeatable – it's just that the 1.277 points per possession yielded was a historically great performance, and the best of any player with at least 40 attempts in a season since Synergy Sports Technology started keeping track.

    Still, if Bairstow could show the potential to extend that range out to three point territory, it would be a valuable addition to his game long term. He attempted only 6 three point attempts over his 4 year college career, going only 1-3 from three during his junior season. During the NBA Combine he seemed to shoot the ball very well from both college and NBA 3-point line, which although a very small sample size, shows that he certainly has the potential to extend his range as a pro.

    Bairstow's proficiency as a jump shooter also sets up major portions of both his pick and roll, post-up, and dribble drive game. With a strong upper body and good technique setting picks, combined with his ability as a catch and shoot player, the pick and pop game is an area where Bairstow could contribute at the next level, whether that be in the NBA or overseas. Similarly, his ability to hit a fadeaway jump shot over either shoulder in the post presents a go-to move for Bairstow, and one that could be there at the next level even when he doesn't have the strength advantage that he enjoyed against less physically mature college players.

    The rest of Bairstow's post-up game has also seen considerable improvements over the years. After coming to New Mexico as a rail-thin 210 pound freshman, Bairstow has gradually added bulk to his frame, which now stands at a solid 252 pounds, and the long hours that he has put into the weight room over the years is readily obvious. Bairstow uses this added strength well in the post, showing a willingness and an ability to seal and dislodge his defender and create space, which along with a solid, if not overly advanced footwork create a force in the post at the collegiate level. Whether or not this portion of his game translates is somewhat in question, though, as his average length and explosiveness (although he seems to be slightly more explosive when jumping off of 2 feet and after having time to gather himself) could lead to some difficulties finishing over length at the next level. Still the considerable improvement in his strength, feel, and footwork are a testament to his strong work ethic.

    While Bairstow doesn't create a ton off the bounce, the threat he poses as a jump shooter, combined with a functional dribble with either hand and deceptive quickness do open up driving lanes for the big man. While Bairstow would not be described as an explosive athlete, particularly when trying to explode off of one foot while driving down the lane, he has very good touch around the hoop and, perhaps more impressively, a willingness and ability to draw contact and get to the line at an exceptional rate. Bairstow's 10.7 free throw attempts per 40 minutes pace adjusted rank as the best figure in our top 100 database, another factor that combines to create a very efficient big man despite his reliance on midrange jump shots.

    Bairstow also does a good job of creating offense even when plays aren't run for him. He moves well without the ball, doing a good job of finding seams in a defense both for spot-up jump shots and also for attempts at the rim, while possessing good, soft hands and presenting the passer a good target to pass the ball to. He is also a solid offensive rebounder, pulling down 2.7 offensive rebounds per 40 minute and an 8.5% offensive rebounding rate. While 2.7 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes pace adjusted ranks only towards the middle of our database, considering how much of his offense he generates for himself and his reliance on midrange jump shots, the number is more impressive than it would appear at first blush, and in the previous three seasons when he wasn't an offensive focal point he pulled down very impressive offensive rebounding numbers (3.1, 4.2, and 3.7 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes, pace adjusted, over his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons, respectively).

    Again, his lack of explosion around the hoop impacts his ability in both finishing off of cuts and offensive rebounds, but his good touch, ability to shield the ball from defenders, and his physicality down low to lower his shoulder to create space and also his ability and willingness to absorb contact make him efficient at the collegiate level, as the 1.184 points per possession he posts while finishing around the basket rank more efficient than nearly two-thirds of college basketball, according to Synergy Sports Technology.

    The defensive side of the ball presents some fairly predictable concerns for Bairstow going forward. He plays a very soft pick and roll defense, providing a fair amount of space for the ball handler and not providing much interference, nor having the greatest foot speed to recover back to his man. The perimeter as a whole presents some struggles for Bairstow defensively, as he has a rather upright defensive stance, struggles to move his feet, and must do a better job of working to contest perimeter shots. His agility testing at the combine, as his 11.39 second agility test ranked above average for big men at the combine, presents some hope going forward, although this largely falls out of line with how he appears to move his feet in game situations.

    Bairstow does do a good job defending the post, however, as his brute strength provides him with a good base to work with in this regard, and he does a good job bodying his man up early and holding his position. Bairstow averaged a modest 1.8 blocks per 40 minutes pace adjusted, and is unlikely to be a major shot blocking presence at the next level, although he does seem to have a solid grasp of team rotation defensive concepts. One area where it would be nice to see some improvement from Bairstow would be on the defensive glass, where his 6.3 defensive rebounds per 40 minutes pace adjusted and 16.6% defensive rebounding rate were both below average for a big man, and are fairly consistent with his production throughout his career. With his lack of projected weakside shot blocking, having an impact on the glass would be a huge addition to his impact on this side of the court.

    Cameron Bairstow came into his senior season barely on the radar in terms of being an NBA prospect, however the Australian showed as much improvement over the past 12 months as anybody in the NCAA. There are still ample concerns about how Bairstow's post game will translate, about whether he can extend his shooting range out to three point territory, and whether he can defend adequately enough to be worthy of minutes at the next level, and answers to any of these questions could go a long way towards him getting the chance to be on an NBA roster next season. Still, the sheer amount of work put into his both his skill set and his physique gives Bairstow a chance, and his progress going forward, despite the fact that he turned 23 earlier in the season, will be something to watch, even if it his development continues overseas or in the D-League initially, rather than in the NBA.

  • Let me understand this......

    All three Heat players opt out......

    Heat has $55 million to spend a year...

    all 3 said they would return to the Heat....

    James wants the max at $32 million.....

    that leaves $23 million between Wade & Bosh.

    Wasn't their contracts better before?......

    Do all 3 want the Heat to over spend on them?

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