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?
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).